England win 2020 Six Nations title as Ireland fall to defeat in France

England have won the 2020 Six Nations title after Ireland fell to a 35-27 defeat to France in Paris. The result meant Eddie Jones’ side edged France on points difference after their 34-5 win over Italy in Rome.

England’s win had left the situation delicately poised, with Ireland needing to win with a bonus point to be sure of claiming the title or by six points to claim it on points difference. France needed to win by 31 points, with a bonus point.

Antoine Dupont scored the first try of the match, before Cian Healy got Ireland on the board with a try on his 100th appearance. Johnny Sexton added the conversion and a penalty, but France regained the lead through a penalty try, with Caelan Doris sin-binned for bringing down François Cros. Sexton and Ntamack then exchanged penalties as France went in 17-14 up at half-time.

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Ireland were still within sight of the seven-point win they needed but France pounced on a Sexton error to score, Dupont setting up Ntamack, who missed the conversion but added a penalty to open up a 12-point lead.

Robbie Henshaw’s solo try effectively ended the hosts’ hopes. Ireland still had a mountain to climb and Virimi Vakatawa’s try with 10 minutes to go put the title in English hands. Jacob Stockdale’s try in added time was no consolation for Ireland.


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