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Summary

  1. England 19-14 France FT
  2. Tries: Watson 2, May; Con: Farrell 2
  3. Try: Ouedraogo; Pens: Parra 3
  4. Ireland 28-22 Scotland FT
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Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne and Ben Dirs

All times stated are UK

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So, how was that for a World Cup taster?

Ireland and Scotland served up an entertaining, if not technically sound, starter. The Irish were forced to dig in but came out 28-22 winners in Dublin.

And then England showed flashes of attacking flair to get supporters salivating, but looked messy as it dragged on and did just enough to overcome France 19-14.

Join us again next Saturday, when we start with Italy hosting Scotland, and France and England go at it again in Paris, with what will probably be stronger looking sides.

Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Take Sam Burgess to the World Cup?

Matt Dawson

Former England Scrum Half

"You can't take him to the World Cup for me. He played 80 mins and credit for that. But the way the game went in the second half there was nothing for him to do. The great thing about Burgess is he doesn't make mistakes with ball in hand. But unfortunately, if you're going to be really picky, positionally he wasn't great. He played like a six rather than a 12. There are things that are instinctively he doesn’t know what to do."

Centre men

Lancaster is giving nothing away in his centre pairing and whether Henry Slade or Sam Burgess have booked their place in the World Cup party. But he says both men impressed today.

'A bit edgy'

I thought France had a lot of ball in the first 20 and we held up defensively. We didn't finish the game off as we like and it was a bit edgy. We gave away too many penalties and set-piece second half.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster on Sky Sports

Backstreet's back, alright?

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Slade is told that it's tradition for a winning debutant to sing a song on the coach home. 

He says it will probably be Backstreet Boys' I Want It That Way.

For those young uns out there, the Backstreet Boys are a highly regarded folk band renowned for their intelligent lyrics...

'Sam's a massive bloke'

It was everything I imagined. It was an awesome experience. All sorts of emotions run through my head in the first five minutes. Once I settled down I really enjoyed it. Sam Burgess was massive defensively. He's a massive bloke and did really well.

England centre Henry Slade on Sky Sports

Watson on his first try

I didn't really think about it. I just carried the ball. If he gives you the outside, as a winger that's something you want to take on. I watch a lot of players like Jason Robinson and try to emulate that.

England wing Anthony Watson on Sky Sports

Full-time

England 19-14 France

What of our centre debuts? Henry Slade showed some good vision, he might have played his way into the final squad. Sam Burgess put in some hefty hits, although didn't show much with ball in hand. He also got sin-binned for a silly tug of a shirt, which will have been noted.  

It was important to win in front of our home fans. France are renowned for their tough play and have a heavy pack. We dug in and gave as good as we got. When you’re doing hard work as forwards and you see your wings running in like that it's exactly what you need.

England captain Tom Wood on Sky Sports

Full-time

England 19-14 France

A curate's egg of a performance by England today, they were excellent at times in the first half but after the break things rather fell apart. Some wonderful individual moments of magic by England's backs, but England found life very rough up front. But - and it is a big but - there was a lot of chopping and changing among the ranks. France number eight Picamoles was magnificent, you have to say...

Full-time

England 19-14 France

Atonio goes on another rumble... but that's the 80 minutes and it's an England penalty, won by Haskell... and there's the final whistle... relief is the overwhelming feeling among the England faithful, their team just about made it over the line, despite bits falling off the team along the way...

Sam Burgess
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England 19-14 France

England burgled again at the line-out, too much loop on Cowan-Dickie's delivery. Kockott through the line but can't get his back-of-the-hand offload away. May it is with the most carries this evening, 13 so far. Here's Kockott again, bursting into England's 22. May nicks it back, Farrell slices his clearance...

Matt Dawson

Former England Scrum Half

"Haskell's been impacftul but there hasn't been the organisation in the England side in he second half. England's defence has been very good. Remember, these boys are going to be tired after working so hard this week."

England 19-14 France

Another England line-out throw goes awry, not a great debut so far for Cowan-Dickie. Kockott clears, another England line-out...

Rory Kockott
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England 19-14 France

Another scrum collapses like a smashed meringue, it's been torrid up front for England since the break. Better, France peeling off and England winning the penalty. Farrell kicks to the corner...

England 19-14 France

Cowan-Dickie struggling a bit at the line-out, although he's been bustling in the loose. An England scrum collapses, worrying times for the hosts up front at the moment. Spedding thrusting out of his own 22, but it's another England put-in after another France knock-on. 

Richard Wigglesworth
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England 19-14 France

It's very harem-scarem now, both teams all over the place in terms of shape. Hang on, here's an England try, Jonny May pouncing on a hack-through... no it isn't, a Frenchman was in touch when he scooped the ball back into play. A Frenchman came in with a trip after the ball had gone, pick the bones out of that lot...

England 19-14 France

England back to their full quota but here come France on the counter after England are turned over. Great take by Dulin... England are turned over at the breakdown again, as news reaches me that Brookes might have broken his wrist, although that is not confirmed yet.

Brice Dulin
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England 19-14 France

Cowan-Dickie being a live-wire, wriggling out of a couple of tackles before offloading. Farrell with the up and under, Slade takes and just manages to bring it under control. France get it back and attempt to run it out of their own 22, only for a forward pass to bring things to a halt. Twelvetrees on for Slade in the centres...

Luke Cowan-Dickie
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England have been so good going forward, but the discipline is a worry... If we can get that sorted, we're looking so good. #bbcrugby

Matt Dawson

Former England Scrum Half

"Fantastic rolling maul from France. Back to the good old days with those enormous wardrobes in the front row. It was set up by a great kick into the corner."

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Try (Ouedraogo)

England 19-14 France

All the steam has gone out of this match since the restart, but here's France with a line-out on the England line. And France go over, peeling away and securing the try through Montpellier flanker Ouedraogo. France making the most of the extra man, with Clarke in the bin... Kockott, on for Parra, misses the conversion.

Ouedraogo
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England 19-9 France

Attwood on for Parling in the second row, Care is now England's number nine. Dulin under a high ball from Care and he returns with interest. Wood and Vunipola bring down the marauding Atonio, which must be like trying to bring down a runaway cement mixer. Luke Cowan-Dickie is England's hooker, prop Brookes has gone off with that iffy arm of his...

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England are showing that there is NO such thing as a friendly!!! Take it away boys #bbcrugby @EnglandRugby

The other England players seem very keen to support and encourage Burgess - says something about his potential #bbcrugby

Disallowed try

England 19-9 France

Brookes looks like he's got a stinger after bouncing off a tackle, but he's up again and back in the mix. France assail the England line and think they've got it over through Atonio, but Parling it was with the tackle and the French prop knocked it on attempting to reach for the line.

Matt Dawson

Former England Scrum Half

"Calum Clark knows one of his problems is discipline. The coaching staff will have a meeting with him and say 'you can't afford to do that'. You cannot hold a player's neck like a reverse choke - it is very, very dangerous."

England 19-9 France

As is often the case when replacements are funnelled into the fray, the game has broken up a little. Calum Clark has been binned for a dangerous tackle at a ruck, judo rolling an opposition player. That's not good, he's waited so long for his England debut...

Callum Clark
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England 19-9 France

A completely new French front row now for France. Wood knocks on under no pressure, before going down on on knee and making as if he has something in his eye. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't... actually, I think he took a knock...

England 19-9 France

Replays show Picamoles drove his head into Slade while the Exeter centre was on the deck. Interesting. Mas off for Atonio in the French front row - the La Rochelle prop is the heaviest man in international rugby, or so I'm told, at 6ft 5in and 24 stone. He went to the same school as Jonah Lomu, who knows what's in the lunch boxes at Wesley College...

Matt Dawson

Former England Scrum Half

"Henry Slade looks like a young Brian O'Driscoll. It's all coming from Henry Slade - he's talking to everyone. He fits really well."

England 19-9 France

Penalty for England and Farrell kicks to the corner. Talking of Cipirani, here he is, coming on for Goode at full-back. Lovely offload from Farrell under intense pressure and here's some handbags, no idea what that was all about. Burgess back in the mix after his stint in the bin.

Sam Burgess
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Great try worked from Alex Goode to Jonny May; that's what we want to see lads keep it up!! #ENGvFRA #bbcrugby

England are electric with ball in hand, and back 3 are very impressive. #bbcrugby

Matt Dawson

Former England Scrum Half

"If Henry Slade is not in the World Cup squad I will call Stuart Lancaster and say 'what are you doing man?'" 

Henry Slade
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England 19-9 France

With Goode playing effectively as a third 10 at the moment, Danny Cipirani is looking like a dead man with regards making England's World Cup squad. It will be interesting to see if the Sale man gets a run at fly-half tonight. 

Matt Dawson

Former England Scrum Half

"Just look at Alex Goode. Pure class. His ability to dance and still see what is going... There are players that have to impress and step up and Alex Goode has definitely given a moment for Stuart Lancaster to think 'he's doing things that Mike Brown doesn't do'."

Alex Goode
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Converted try

England 19-9 France

Wigglesworth feeds Vunipola... Slade with a fine pass, here's Goode with the cross-kick and it's May underneath it and over in the corner... Farrell kicks the extras from the touch-line...

Jonny May
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England 12-9 France

Goode showing nice feet in a tight spot. Farrell kicks to the corner and Guitoune controls it with his feet before the ball is cleared. May running it back... Webber eventually bundled into touch...

Owen Farrell
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England 12-9 France

France raiding down the left flank, bringing it out of their own 22. Debaty blasts off a couple of tacklers but it's a penalty for England. Haskell has been thrown into the fray for Morgan, who will have been blowing a gasket having not played since January.

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That's Burgess out of the WC squad surely? You can't afford that against good opposition! #bbcrugby

Having to rely on Twitter for updates as no bars in Queenstown open yet to play #ENGvFRA #bbcrugby COME ON ENG!