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England crowned 2020 Six Nations champions as France edge out Ireland


Eddie Jones’ England faced a nervous wait ahead of France’s clash with Ireland (Picture: Getty)

England have been crowned champions of the delayed 2020 Six Nations after France saw off Ireland with an impressive 35-27 victory in Paris.

Eddie Jones’ men faced a nervous wait heading into Saturday evening’s finale after Ben Youngs scored two tries in his 100th appearance to inspire his side to a 34-5 bonus-point win over Italy.

This set up a three-way battle for the championship and the French stood up to the challenge as Antoine Dupont crossed over in only the seventh minute at the Stade de France.

England centurion Youngs touched down twice against Italy (Picture: Getty)

Romain Ntamack kept his cool with the boot to slot over the conversion before Ireland loosehead Cian Healy barrelled over to reduce the deficit, with France leading 17-13 at the half-time break.

Four minutes into the second half, Ntamack finished off a brilliant team move to extend France’s advantage before Robbie Henshaw scored a try out of nothing to give the visitors a glimmer of hope on the hour-mark.

Ntamack starred for France in their win over Ireland (Picture: Getty)

But it was short-lived as Virimi Vakatawa made it 35-20 with a classy try of his own to put England in the driving seat for the tournament with ten minutes remaining in the French capital.

Jacob Stockdale touched down right at the death for Ireland but it was too little, too late and the result secured England their third Six Nations title of Eddie Jones’ tenure.

More to follow.





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