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Summary

  1. FT: England 15-21 France
  2. Leaders France are two points ahead of Ireland
  3. Ireland need 26-point win in Scotland on Sunday
  4. England finish fourth in Championship
  5. England prop Rochelle Clark earns 100th cap

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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England 15-21 France

Right, that's everything from Twickenham. What. A. Day.

Ireland

after an epic day, leaving England and Wales disappointed. What do you mean you missed it all? Luckily you can head to
our rugby union page to catch up on all the news, video and analysis...

Don't forget that there is one final Six Nations match tomorrow as Ireland's women aim to complete a Championship double for the Emerald Isle. And then that's it until 2016! See you then.

Full-time

England 15-21 France

Former England captain Catherine Spencer on BBC Red Button: "It was a valiant effort from England and we saw glimpses of their good attacking play but they weren't clinical enough in breakdown area and France took advantage. That's something England must learn from."

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England 15-21 France

But this vital victory edges France closer to their second successive Six Nations title. Les Bleues head the table going into tomorrow's final match between second-placed Ireland and Scotland - but face an anxious wait. If the Irish muller the Scots with a 26-point win (or more) then they will make it a male/female Championship double.

Full-time

England 15-21 France

All over at Twickenham! Valiant effort by a relatively inexperienced England side, but not quite enough to finish a disappointing Six Nations campaign on a high.

England 15-21 France

England fling the ball out to the right flank, where Ruth Laybourn is their best bet of tearing down towards the French line. But the French players know she is the danger, swarming all over Laybourn and bundling her into touch. That should be about that...

England 15-21 France

England are in a hurry - too much of a hurry as it happens. Another white shirt is accused of holding on, handing another penalty to the French in their own half.

England 15-21 France

The clocks stops again - twice in fact - before England try to get the ball moving. Can they snatch an unlikely win and put a spanner in France's title works?

Converted try

England 15-21 France - Millar-Mills

It is good! No problem with Harriet Millar-Mills's grounding and England have their second try. Goalkicker Amber Reed was confident that it be awarded, already lining up her kick before the decision was confirmed. She sticks the ball over the posts - and England are within a score of nicking victory.

Try review

England 8-21 France

Harriet Millar-Mills runs with possession
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Are England in? Harriet Millar-Mills takes a quick tap, catching out the France defence before scurrying over the whitewash. We go upstairs...

England 8-21 France

Hannah Gallagher
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Chance for England. The home side win a lineout in the France 22 when Katy McLean finds touch with a pinpoint kick. From that, they drive forward with try scorer Hannah Gallagher making the hard yards. But they are just held up by the strong French pack.

England 8-21 France

Former England captain Catherine Spencer on BBC Red Button: "Just as it felt England were getting back into game, building phases and playing good rugby, France get control back. They drove forward and drove forward, then there was some great footwork to finish the move."

Try

England 8-21 France - Tremouliere

But France are not to be denied. Caroline Boujard offloads to supporting full-back Jessy Tremouliere, who stretches out to the line in the far corner. Tremouliere looks to pick up a knock in the process, but soon dusts herself off to take the kick. However, a tricky effort from the whitewash drifts wide of the far post.

England 8-16 France

France aren't happy about letting England back into the game. Instantly Les Bleues up their attacking tempo, Caroline Boujard racing on to her grubber kick. But she can't gather as a pair of England defenders mop up the trouble.

England 8-16 France

Former England captain Catherine Spencer on BBC Red Button: "Good pace and strength from Gallagher to get over the tackle. It was a good passage of play from England and if they can continue playing like that then this game could get interesting."

Missed conversion

England 8-16 France

However, Amber Reed can't add the extras to Hannah Gallagher's try. From a tight angle close to the right touchline, she has the line - but not the distance. And the ball falls just short of the posts.

Try

England 8-16 France - Gallagher

Great try for England! Laybourn scatters a handful of France defenders, before Laura Keates quickly recycles the ball at the breakdown. Quick hands work the ball out to the right, Saracens flanker Hannah Gallagher is there to steamroller over the line - and over a pair of blue shirts. Jonah Lomu would have been proud of that finish...

England 3-16 France

Alexandra Matthews
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The clock barely ticks back into action before it grinds to another halt. This time, young England number eight Alex Matthews is the player down. And, looking at the blood pouring out of her nose, it is clear to see the problem. Get the smelling salts out...

England 3-16 France

Injured England captain Sarah Hunter on BBC Red Button: "It is always frustrating not to be out there but it gives young players opportunity. It is about giving these players support when you're not there. We're all in this together. I'd love to be out there as soon as possible, but it is about getting the rehab right."

England 3-16 France

Audrey Forlani catches
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England's male counterparts are emerging from the Twickenham tunnel following their bittersweet win against France. Full-back Mike Brown, suited and booted, watches on from the touchline.

The clock stops as France lock Audrey Forlani is stricken on the far touchline. This looks worrying. Forlani is surrounded by concerned medical staff, who carefully help her on to the stretcher and on to the back of a buggy.

England 3-16 France

Former England captain Catherine Spencer on BBC Red Button: "At the moment France are only really wining because of England's mistakes allowing them field position and penalties. England need to change that quickly."

Penalty

England 3-16 France - Tremouliere

Another England error, another France penalty. And Les Bleues punish the hosts for holding on inside their own half. Tremouliere is lethal with the boot and strokes over the three points.

England 3-13 France

Katy McLean
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England can't break out of their 22 at the moment. France continue to pound the try line, but wing Julie Billes cannot keep hold of the ball as a gap opens up. England win the scrum but are forced back before Katy Mclean kicks from behind her own tryline.

England 3-13 France

Ball is back in blue hands. France probe down the left flank, before fly-half Audrey Abadie boots a high bomb into the chilly south-west London air. England's Lydia Thompson is underneath it, but is put off by a leaping French opponent. England recover before France win the turnover...

England 3-13 France

England start the second half well, flinging the ball around freely as they aim to run at France. But they don't heed the warnings of their coach Nicki Ponsford (see 20:24 entry). Prop Justine Lucas sees the ball slip out of her grasp and this surrender of possession allows France to regroup.

Kick-off

England 3-13 France

France restart proceedings in Twickenham, where there is still a healthy number of spectators watching the action. Remember this match has followed on from the men's Six Nations final, where England fell just short of nabbing the title from Ireland's clutches.

England 3-13 France

England's acting head coach Nicki Ponsford on BBC Red Button: "There are three main things we want to see in the second half. One, we have been bullied at contact area so we need to up our work-rate and physicality.

"Two, we need to retain the ball better and not give away possession, and finally go through the phases. When we have been patient and kept the ball we have looked quite threatening."

England 3-13 France

Injured England captain Sarah Hunter on BBC Red Button: "This Six Nations Championship has been modest for England. But it has all been about rebuilding after the World Cup, and building up to the next one. We have lots of brilliant youngsters and this is their first experience at Twickenham. It is important they can produce a good performance in the second half."

As it stands table

England 3-13 France

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Half-time

England 3-13 France

Injured England captain Sarah Hunter on BBC Red Button: "It has been scrappy, lot of unforced errors on both sides. When we play quick ball and get territory and get out wide to our speedsters we look more threatening. We want to see more of that in the second half."

Half-time

England 3-13 France

France are well on the way to winning their second successive Six Nations title. The visitors, who will go two points clear of Ireland with a healthy points advantage, are well worth their 10-point lead.

Penalty

England 3-13 France - Reed

Amber Reed kicks
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France's number 13 Shannon Izar is readying herself to return - just as England win a penalty. Captain Katy Mclean pauses for a moment, then tells the referee that England will go for the posts.

Amber Reed sizes up the kick, making no mistake. Cue 90s dance classic 'The Power' by Snap blasting out of the Twickers sound system.

England 0-13 France

Time is running out for England to take advantage of their extra player. Less than a minute before France return to their full complement...

Penalty

England 0-13 France - Tremouliere

After all that promise, England concede a penalty just inside their own half. Tremouliere stands over the ball, head bowed, in a central position. Her trusty right boot swipes cleanly through the ball and sails through the middle of the posts.

England 0-10 France

All England now. The Red Rose side are trying to play some expansive stuff as they look to unpick the knot of blue shirts in front of them. Wing Ruth Laybourn kicks through on the right flank, the bounce favours her, she gathers, but can't scoot on to her feet and evade the pack of French women who land on her.

England 0-10 France

England centre Ceri Large took a whack to her right shoulder in that tackle to, and she needs a good soak of the magic sponge. That does the trick and she is back to her feet.

England 0-10 France

England roar back! The home side slip into space down the right flank, then switching the play to left wing Lydia Thompson. She is halted by a group of French defender - illegally! One of the French number 13 is shown a yellow - and England have a numerical advantage. Can they take advantage?

England 0-10 France

Former England captain Catherine Spencer on BBC Red Button: "Brilliant try from France, England will be disappointed with that. We have seen again the power of France. It is incredibly difficult to stop a maul when France drive like that."

Try

England 0-10 France - Mignot try, Tremouliere con

Ah. The dreaded commentator's curse. France set up a trademark maul inside the England 22 - and the hosts know what is coming. But they are unable to do anything about it, the French bulldozing their way through the wall of white shirts. Mignot is the player who slaps leather on grass, with Tremouliere adding the extras.

England 0-3 France

England are spending more time in their own territory than a reclusive nun. But France are yet to stretch the English defence - or punch a way through it.

Maggie Alphonsi

Rugby World Cup winner on BBC 5 live sports extra

"Harriet Millar-Mills has got lots of experience and plenty of physical presence. Not a bad person to bring on now."