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Summary

  1. England 25-13 Scotland FT - catch up in 'Live Coverage'
  2. Wales 23-16 Ireland FT - catch up in 'Live Coverage'
  3. Defeat means no Grand Slam for Ireland
  4. Wales, Ireland & England can all win title next weekend

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Righto, time to load up the team bus and head home at the end of a gruelling afternoon of rugby.

After a good night's sleep though we will be back to bring you France's trip over to Italy. As Sir Clive says, it could get real messy.

Bye for now.

Italy v France

Sir Clive Woodward

Former England coach on BBC One

"Philippe Saint-Andre is under massive pressure. People ask me if I miss the job and while the highs are great, no-one can understand what he is going through now. It is not a good place to be. We can sit here and be flippant about France, but he is under massive pressure. I just worry about the team he is picking. His head is in a noose and, if he loses tomorrow, I'm not sure he will coach France against England."

Italy v France

Andy Nicol

Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

"I'd like to see the real France come out tomorrow because so far we have seen nothing from them. I actually see Italy as the favourites tomorrow."

France and Scotland
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We are heading for a heck of a climax next weekend, but the Six Nations has a habit of serving up last-day drama.

In 2007, a last-minute try from Elvis Vermeulen against Scotland

gave France a 46-19 win and took them past the 24-point winning margin they needed to overtake Ireland in the race for the title.

If next weekend can match that we might be talking about the best Six Nations tournament ever...

England 25-13 Scotland

Sir Clive Woodward

Former England coach on BBC One

"I'm a George Ford fan, but just because he is there, it doesn't mean we shouldn't try someone else - who might even be better. That's why I would have given Cipriani a go. England would have won today if Cipriani and Slade would have played and we would have known about them. Against Ireland or Wales away, I wouldn't have."

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Matthew on Twitter: "With Wales heading to Rome with second choice front row, it will come down to Ireland and England."

Brian Lewis on Twitter: "Perfectly set up for the best three teams, my own view is England by three points in a nerve jangling final five minutes."

Kevin Burch on Twitter: "With Ford playing so well, where does that leave Owen Farrell?"

England 25-13 Scotland

Andy Nicol

Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

"You could go through a whole championship and not see a ball bounce off a post and fall into opposition hands but that is two games in a row it has happened to Scotland. I don't know whether it is poor planning by Scotland but they need to sort that out."

Jeremy Guscott

Former England centre on BBC One

"Some of those missed try-scoring opportunities for England were just basic skills."

England 25-13 Scotland

Brian Moore

Former England hooker on BBC One

"If it comes down to points difference for the title, England are going to kick themselves because they had countless chances which should have been put away and given a more comprehensive win."

Full-time stats

England 25-13 Scotland

England-Scotland

Tackles made: 130-112

Missed tackles: 16-26

Turnovers conceded: 16-18

Clean breaks: 11-4

Metres made: 549-318

England 25-13 Scotland

Sir Clive Woodward

Former England coach on BBC One

"It is fascinating next week as England will know exactly what they will need to do to claim the title. Yes they missed chances this week but I'd be more worried if they weren't creating chances at all and just kicking it away."

England 25-13 Scotland

Jeremy Guscott

Former England centre on BBC One

"It's a game that could have slipped away from England so give them credit for turning it round. But it was from the gifts that England gave them that kept Scotland in it.

"George Ford had a great game in the second half and ran the game. This kid is running this England team."

Final score summary
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Andrew Priestly on Twitter: "There's going to be some great attacking running rugby on show next weekend. Tries mean Championships next Saturday."

Matthew on Twitter: "No matter how good Scotland has been somebody has to finish last in probably the most competitive #6Nations ever."

Chronicle Art on Twitter: "Very disappointed with scotland performance AGAIN."

Chris Robshaw and James Haskell
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The Calcutta Cup, the sort of silverware that would grace any Empire-era dinner table featuring sculpted elephants and cobras, is presented to Chris Robshaw.

No signs of the dints and dents left

by John Jeffrey and Dean Richards after their 1988 night out.

England 25-13 Scotland

Andy Nicol

Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

"That second 20 minutes of the first half was outstanding for Scotland. The contentious Dan Cole possible yellow card was possibly what Scotland needed to get over the line because they didn't get a foothold in the second half."

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Ed Williams on Twitter: "A win is a win, but if @EnglandRugby had converted all their chances it would have been a cricket score surely."

Andy Rush on Twitter: "Good win and great 2nd half from England but still far too many missed chances and points could now be vital."

Sophie Manders on Twitter: "Courtney Lawes man of the match for me every time."

Laura on Twitter: "Went a bit wonky in the first half but great second half. Congrats lads!"

So the final weekend will see England, Wales and Ireland come into matches with three wins and a defeat from their previous four games.

Any one of the three teams could win it.

England, on a points difference of +37, play France at home.

Ireland, on +33, play Scotland away.

Wales, on +12, play Italy away.

Who do you make favourites out of that little lot?

Full-time

England 25-13 Scotland

England 25-13 Scotland

Brian Moore

Former England hooker on BBC One

"The English half backs have played well and so have Jack Nowell and Courtney Lawes, whose efforts in the loose and the tight have been tremendous. My man of the match is Ben Youngs, who controlled the game."

England 25-13 Scotland

Too little, too late. Scotland are parked up in the England 22m with the game lost.

England 25-13 Scotland

The lesser-spotted Danny Cipriani is going to get a three-minute cameo.

England 25-13 Scotland - Jack Nowell

Chris Paterson

Former Scotland international on BBC One

"For the second game running a penalty that has come off the post has eventually resulted in a try against Scotland. They seemed well set to take it, but didn't tidy it up."

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Noel Krohn on Twitter: "Great work effort from Nowell, #bbc6nations and another try to boot !!"

Kate Shaw on Twitter: "Well done Nowell, feels like he's been desperate to score that try all match."

England 25-13 Scotland - Jack Nowell

Brian Moore

Former England hooker on BBC One

"Nowell did well there because for a moment I thought they had made a mess of another one. But he had the nous to come inside his man and finish."

Try

England 25-13 Scotland - Jack Nowell

Jack Nowell goes over for England
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That is surely that.

England regather as the ball comes back off the post from George Ford's penalty and, via a nice little offload from Kieran Brookes, England spread the ball wide for Jack Nowell to step inside Dougie Fife and over.

Ford scuff the conversion.

England 20-13 Scotland

George Ford with a straightforward chance to put the game to bed. But his penalty rebounds off the stick!

England 20-13 Scotland

England still can't quite cut the jugular. Kieran Brookes knocks on from Tom Wood's offload with his side well set in the Scotland 22m.

Vern Cotter shakes things up in an ability to kickstart his side's attacking heart. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne on at scrum-half, Greig Laidlaw out to fly-half, Finn Russell rides the pine.

Replacement

England 20-13 Scotland

Johnnie Beattie, whose old man was doing some half-time presentation with Bill Beaumont, gets a run-out for Scotland.

England 20-13 Scotland

Chris Paterson

Former Scotland international on BBC One

Finn Russell kicks clear for Scotland
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"Scotland need to put pressure on England, but I do think they have the ability to pick up a loose ball and make something of it. This game is still in the balance."

England 20-13 Scotland

So a shade over 10 minutes left and seven points to make up.

Are Scotland still in this?

They have not showed up in attack yet this half, but with the likes of Stuart Hogg and Mark Bennett in the backline it will only take them a second to change this game.

England 20-13 Scotland

More changes. Tom Wood replaces James Haskell on the flank with Richard Wigglesworth getting a go in place of Ben Youngs at nine.

England 20-13 Scotland

Brian Moore

Former England hooker on BBC One

"Jack Nowell has made so much ground in this game that when he has got his opposition winger in a one on one with a lot of space, I am surprised he would kick it away."

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Mike Brown
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Simon on Twitter: "If England lose the Championship on points difference then they'll rue all these missed opportunities."

Phil Keeling on Twitter: "England are nearly good going forward, but who's coaching the defence?"

England 20-13 Scotland

What a waste. Wing Jack Nowell opts to punt downfield rather than take up the chance to run at this opposite number.

He could at least make it a good kick. Instead his hoof dribbles apologetically over the Scotland line to be dotted down for the 22m drop-out.

Replacement

England 20-13 Scotland

Mako Vunipola is on in the front row for England with Fraser Brown packing down for Scotland off the bench.

England 20-13 Scotland

Brian Moore

Former England hooker on BBC One

"I'm not quite sure why Haskell needed to do that. Brown hasn't over-run it."

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Aaron Jones on Twitter: "A mile forward."

Alex Robertson on Twitter: "Seems some England players can't define between a Forward and Backward pass ;)."

No try

England 20-13 Scotland

That slow-motion replay is doing James Haskell no favours.

It took the flanker an age to get the ball away as he clumsily shifted it to his right hand rather than risk a left-hand pass.

That half-second cost England. His pass, when it comes, is forward and the try chalked off.

Dan Cole looks like he is chuckling at Haskell's mistake on the big screen.