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Summary

  1. Ireland 18-11 France FT - watch/listen again in 'Live Coverage'
  2. Five Sexton penalties + 1 Madigan kick for Ireland
  3. Romain Taofifenua try for France
  4. England 47-17 Italy FT - watch/listen again in 'Live Coverage'
  5. B Vunipola, Joseph (2), B Youngs, Cipriani, Easter tries for England
  6. Scotland play Wales on Sunday
  7. Live on BBC TV, radio and online

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson and Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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We don't want to break any hearts, but it's time to call time on this most romantic of live texts. Two teams are still in with a chance of winning the Grand Slam, and they -

Ireland and
England - will meet in Dublin in 1 March. But before all of that, Scotland will host Wales at Murrayfield on Sunday, which is tomorrow for some of us. Join us then for more live text commentary. Bye for now.

The stats

FT: Ireland 18-11 France

Ireland 18-11 France
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The statisticians have been number crunching and, perhaps surprisingly, France enjoyed the greater possession (54%) and territory (54%), not that it matters all that much as they still lost.

The stats

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French turnovers graphic
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It was at the breakdown that the game was won, with Ireland winning plenty of turnovers to give Jonathan Sexton the chance to kick the points.

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Keith Wood

Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

"France have to revert to what they do really well. They look so comfortable when they throw the ball around. They need to have their general at nine and Rory Kockott is not that guy. He is a sniping nine and that doesn't suit France for me. Morgan Parra would be a better bet for me."

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Keith Wood

Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

"The intensity of the battle will go up a notch in two weeks' time. Ireland will know that England are the big game. They are the last team to beat Ireland and they will come to Dublin with momentum and form."

Sir Clive Woodward

Former England coach on BBC One

"The England forwards have to dominate the Irish pack, which will take some doing. The Irish defence was so good, it's whether England have the confidence to unlock that defence. I think they have to kick a bit more. Irish line speed was awesome, but there was space behind. If the England forwards don't arrive in a couple of weeks' time they will get beat."

Can England beat Ireland in Dublin on 1 March. How can Stuart Lancaster's men get the better of this formidable-looking Irish team? Don't ask us but, thankfully, Sir Clive Woodward does have a few answers to those questions...

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Kenny: I was a neutral and I enjoyed that Ireland-France match. Sure there was a bit of a lull part way through, but overall great.

Dai Trembath: England, Ireland and France are really beatable. France especially so after today.

Ian Leitch: French are pretty straightforward to beat just slow the ball down and frustrate them and the victory will come.

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Former Wales flanker

Martyn Williams: Must have been drinking heavily when I bet on France to win 6 Nations......with all that talent they've got can't believe how bad they are.

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Thomas Castaignede

Former France international on BBC One

"The first half was quite poor but the second half was much better with more variety, the wingers coming in off the flanks looking for work and Morgan Parra sped things up from the base. The first half was far too indisciplined."

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Sir Clive Woodward

Former England coach on BBC One

"I'd put him as the number one coach in world rugby. He's done a great job and between the two teams, from a coaching point of view, Ireland seemed better organised and that's what got them over the line."

Ireland 18-11 France

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt
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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt speaking to BBC Sport: "It was very difficult in the last quarter. They have some of the biggest humans I have ever seen playing rugby and we did well to stop their momentum and scrambled well in defence. We were a little bemused by some of the scrum decisions after they replaced their loose-head prop but we did well.

"Jamie Heaslip is in a bit of pain and is going to go for a scan tonight. It is for other people to review that incident. Jonathan Sexton never takes a step back, he knew that physicality was coming, but he was taken off for blood rather than concussion. He will be all right, he just nursing a shiner that is coming up."

Keith Wood

Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

"Joe Schmidt isn't taking a huge amount of risks but they're playing with composure. The amount of time Jonathan Sexton has on the ball is extraordinary. They look comfortable. They need to play better, without a shadow of a doubt, but he's setting a winning foundation."

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France lose for the first time at the Aviva Stadium and their miserable away record under Philippe Saint-Andre. Will he still be in charge when these two sides meet in the World Cup Pool D on 11 October in Cardiff? There's no question surrounding Joe Schmidt's position...

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Should Pascal Pepe have received a red card for kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back? Keith Wood thinks so as he chats with Gaby Logan and co on the Six Nations forum (which is available at the top of this page).

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Paul O'Connell releases from the ruck for Ireland
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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell speaking to BBC Sport: "We wanted to be disciplined and accurate and we were not always able to do that but to get a win against a side as talented as France is big for us. I wouldn't have the greatest record against France so this is big for me but the game against England on 1 March is going to be another level I think, judging by how they played against Wales."

A record-equalling ninth Test victory for Ireland, but can they make it 10 with victory against fellow Grand Slam chasers England? We have a couple of weeks to salivate over that March 1 encounter.

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James Rafferty: Great Irish performance very important win that

Antonia Timmis: How can I focus on physics revision when the rugby is that good?!

Ian Emery: Superb game. Thoroughly enjoyed that. Well played Ireland.

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Terry Charleton: Phew, great to hang on for the win

Andy Donley: I love watching Mathieu Bastareaud play, complete animal. Not sure Jonny Sexton does though!

Simon Fallaha: Not as easy as it looked at one point, and Heaslip looks in pain, but what a win. Two down, three to go

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Keith Wood

Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

"I think Ireland were lucky at times, France had a couple of opportunities they didn't take, but they worked really hard for that victory."

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Thomas Castaignede

Former France international on BBC One

"It was a very good second half from the French team. Vincent Debarty was enormous after he came on and that sows some seeds of hope for the future."

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Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"It is all about the result from an Irish perspective. I think they will be disappointed that they didn't create more and butchered a clear try-scoring chance there in the second half. But the French defence is amongst the best. France again didn't create much themselves."

Ireland 18-11 France

Jonathan Sexton celebrates
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France's second-half revival, ultimately, comes to nothing thanks to outstanding Irish defending, and Ireland's hopes of winning the Grand Slam, and retaining their title, are still alive.

Full-time

Ireland 18-11 France

Stats
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Simon Zebo pushes Yoann Huget into touch and Ireland live on!

Ireland 18-11 France

We're into the 80th... France have possession... Les Bleus rumble forward... Morgan Parra at the base of the ruck...

Ireland 18-11 France

Ian Henderson keeping keeping his head while all around him are losing theirs. He goes over the top, calmly wins the ball - but France have put-in at the scrum.

Ireland 18-11 France

Morgan Parra dashes down the blindside but finds himself in a cul de sac so the French go searching for some joy to the left... Two minutes remaining...

Ireland 18-11 France

Remi Tales weaves his way out of a couple of green-shirted defenders, helping set his backline rolling. France attempting to find holes in the Irish defence, sniping, probing... Wayne Barnes keeping a close eye at the mass of bodies on the floor and he toots his whistle. Penalty France. Scrum France.

Ireland 18-11 France

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"France are chasing the game now. They have picked it up, as they just did to run it in, but you just get the sense that they didn't bring that same intensity to the first 60 minutes of the game and they are going to regret that."

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France are looking dangerous. Mathieu Bastareaud batters his way over the gainline, which helps put his team on the front foot. Jonathan Sexton again attempting to stand in the centre's way - and the outside-half needs treatment on the gash near his eye.

Ireland 18-11 France

Adventure from Camille Lopez as he calmly gathers Jonathan Sexton's kick towards the gods and evades a couple of tackles... France on the up, and they earn a chance to kick to touch after Devin Toner is penalised at the scrum. Interesting times ahead.

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Sir Clive Woodward

Former England coach on BBC One

"Ireland really need to get hold of the ball and start to play some territory. The French front row have been awesome since they came on, Vincent Debaty especially has been awesome off the bench."

Ireland 18-11 France

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"Lopez didn't get anywhere near that conversion and he had to knock that over to make this a game France could win. There is still a bit of time left and Ireland have to play all their rugby down in the French territory now."

Try

Ireland 18-11 France (Taofifenua; Lopez missed conv)

Romain Taofifenua goes over for France
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France spin it wide, they have plenty of men on the right. Surely they won't mess this one up. Nope. Romain Taofifenua strolls over, twirling out of Rob Kearney's attempted tackle. Crucially, though, Camille Lopez fails with the conversion.

Ireland 18-6 France

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"I can't see France being able to overhaul this lead. They might score points and pick the game up as they have been but I don't see them getting there.

"After this game I think France will have quite public beef with referee Wayne Barnes. It has not been a good penalty count for them today."

Ireland 18-6 France

An intake of breath from the crowd as Camile Lopez is put under pressure in his own 22 by an enthusiastic Irish chaser, but the outside-half's kick curls into touch, earning his team valuable metres and great position.

Penalty

Ireland 18-6 France (Sexton)

Ireland's Jonathan Sexton kicks for another three points
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A needless mistakes by France at the scrum allows Ireland to kick their way into France's half. Damien Chouly is caught offside at the line-out and the Number 8 gives a wry smile. Three points for Jonathan Sexton? Yes!

Ireland 15-6 France

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"France are getting a bit of momentum and a bit more confidence with the ball. They are trying things, trying to get players like Yoann Huget into the game. He is so dangerous running those inside lines. I thought he was one of France's better performers against Scotland. But there has not been enough ball or phase play to get him into the game."

Ireland 15-6 France

Morgan Parra comes on in place of Rory Kockott and could the wily scrum-half knock over a drop-goal or two to drag his team back into contention?

Ireland 15-6 France

Sir Clive Woodward

Former England coach on BBC One

"The Irish defence is heroic. Their speed to their feet and their line speed were both exceptional in the last five minutes and they were rewarded with a turnover."