Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

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

Get involved

  1. Post update

    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.

  2. The stats

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    Ireland 18-11 France

    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.

  3. The stats

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    French turnovers graphic

    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.

  4. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    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."

  5. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    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."

  6. Post update

    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."

  7. Post update

    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...

  8. Get involved #bbc6nations

    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.

  9. Get involved #bbc6nations

    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.

  10. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    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."

  11. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    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."

  12. Post update

    Ireland 18-11 France

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

    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."

  13. Post update

    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."

  14. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    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...

  15. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    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).

  16. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    Paul O'Connell releases from the ruck for Ireland

    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."

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Get involved #bbc6nations

    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.

  19. Get involved #bbc6nations

    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

  20. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    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."

  21. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    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."

  22. Post update

    FT: Ireland 18-11 France

    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."

  23. Post update

    Ireland 18-11 France

    Jonathan Sexton celebrates

    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.

  24. Full-time

    Ireland 18-11 France

    Stats

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

  25. Post update

    Ireland 18-11 France

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

  26. Post update

    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.

  27. Post update

    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...

  28. Post update

    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.

  29. Post update

    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."

  30. Post update

    Ireland 18-11 France

    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.

  31. Post update

    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.

  32. Post update

    Ireland 18-11 France

    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."

  33. Post update

    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."

  34. Try

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

    Romain Taofifenua goes over for France

    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.

  35. Post update

    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."

  36. Post update

    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.

  37. Penalty

    Ireland 18-6 France (Sexton)

    Ireland's Jonathan Sexton kicks for another three points

    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!

  38. Post update

    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."

  39. Post update

    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?

  40. Post update

    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."

  41. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Les Bleus going through the phases, using Mathieu Bastareaud's strength in midfield, but the visitors come unstuck as Yoann Huget spills the ball. Ireland, so far, holding firm under intense pressure.

  42. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Will Smith: Ireland still look very beatable, set pieces aren't working for them

    Mark Wilkins: Every time France start to look like the running French sides off the past, they throw the ball away

    Andy Heys: France letting themselves down again with poor discipline, but should have been red.

  43. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    France are now back to full strength, and have seven minutes to make the most of their man advantage. France coming up against an Irish brick wall, though, every time they barge forward.

  44. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    Vincent Debaty winces as Ireland drive forward

    "That is one of those moments when you utter the phrase 'I'm not sure this is going to be France's day'. Plenty of rugby left, the game just seems to be going a little bit away from the French."

  45. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "It is very difficult for Rory Best to get away there and unfortunately in trying to do so he has made contact with Thierry Dusautoir.

    "This game is full of turns. This new French front row is making a difference to the scrums. Philippe Saint Andre brought them on just as Ireland seemed to be getting on top and it has turned the tide."

  46. Missed penalty

    Ireland 15-6 France

    A dreadful attempt by Camille Lopez, screwing his effort wide of the uprights and Ireland hold on to their nine-point advantage.

  47. Sin-bin

    Ireland 15-6 France (Best)

    Momentum swinging this way and that. Ireland now reduced to 14 men, Rory Best penalised for tripping Thierry Dusautoir while hiding underneath a mass of bodies at the breakdown.. Camille Lopez can now reduce the arrears.

  48. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    France's giants in the front-row are putting Ireland under pressure in the scrum, and Mike Ross receives a talking to from Wayne Barnes after he awards a penalty to the visitors. But Camille Lopez misses touch!

  49. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "The decision on Pascal Pape could have gone either way, but from a coaching point of view it robs France of the momentum they were building. You cannot have players doing undisciplined things like that under pressure. That is what costs you big games, World Cup knockout games."

  50. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    All sorts of dark arts happening in the scrum and Ireland are deemed to have collapsed it. France, once again, are able to kick their way out of danger. It's been a stop-start couple of minutes, and just four minutes remain of Pascal Pape's sin-bin.

  51. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "If Sexton had put it behind Jared Payne Ireland had a big overlap. Poor technique and the wrong option. A missed chance. That could have been the game right there."

  52. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    The tryline is looming for Ireland... Jonathan Sexton in space, but the outside-half is caught in two minds and his pass hits Jared Payne in the face. Whack. Had the centre gathered he would have strolled unchallenged over the line. France with a put-in at the scrum near their own posts.

  53. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Remy Lamerat in the tackle for France

    Someone has flicked the switch and France have come to life in this second half, ever since they changed the front row it should be said. But Mathieu Bastareaud is penalised and that gives Jonathan Sexton the chance to kick to touch.

  54. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "A real opportunity for Ireland now to punish France for that Pascal Pape infringement. If Ireland can get another point on the board all of a sudden France heads will start dropping and it will be a long way back."

  55. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "I think that a knee to the back, to the kidneys is potentially worse than a punch to the head. Pascal Pape is a very lucky boy not to be seeing red."

  56. Sin-bin

    Ireland 15-6 France (Pascal Pape)

    Pascal Pape is off for 10 minutes, but Eddie Butler and most of the pundits believe the second-row is lucky not to have seen a red card. "I believe that was deliberate," says Wayne Barnes while showing the Frenchman the yellow.

  57. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Pascal Pape could be in trouble. Did he deliberately knee Jamie Heaslip? Replays currently being shown. The crowd hissing with every slo-mo.

  58. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Looks like France are going to change it up in the front row with three huge, huge men coming on."

  59. Post update

    Ireland 15-6 France

    France, by the way, changed their front-row before Ian Madigan aimed at the uprights with the giants Uini Atonio and Vincent Debaty replacing Eddy Ben Arous and Rabah Slimani - and hooker Guilhem Guiardo also coming off.

  60. Penalty

    Ireland 15-6 France (Madigan)

    Rory Kockott caught holding on in the tackle and Ian Madigan is the man changed with aiming at the posts while Jonathan Sexton is away from the pitch. There's 33m separating the ball and the posts but it could be 50m so confident is the replacement.

  61. Post update

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Field of Anthenry rings around the stadium as Conor Murray puts in at the scrum. Ireland very much in the ascendancy. It should be only a matter of time before they add points to the scoreboard.

  62. Post update

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "You get the sense that Ireland's forwards have really upped their physicality since half time and are starting to get the upper hand on their French counterparts."

  63. Post update

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Paul O'Connell releases from the Ireland ruck

    The France scrum is unsteady... Green shirts are rushing forward, sensing an opportunity, but Ireland are caught offside. Possession and territory belongs to the hosts, though, and France are creaking.

  64. Post update

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "That is feature of the modern game. Tacklers go high nowadays in the attempt to prevent attackers getting the offload away, but it leaves you both open to the possibility of clashing heads."

  65. Post update

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    Jonathan Sexton attends a cut

    "A big, big collision for Sexton with Bastareaud. A clash of faces. Quite accidental, both players in the wrong position in the collision. Both players going off to get a bit of treatment."

  66. Post update

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Plenty of fire in Irish bellies at the start of this half. The forwards rumble forward... Jonathan Sexton stopped in his tracks by Mathieu Bastareaud, but the ball is back in Irish hands.

    Sexton back on his feet but looks like he's been in a shoot 'em up, blood pouring from his eye. The camera focuses on Bastareaud and the centre also has a bloodied eye. Both players come off the pitch to receive treatment after that nasty head clash.

  67. Post update

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Jonathan Sexton charged down... Jack McGrath, circling his outside-half, gathers and Sexton is off the hook. Ireland recycling... making their way towards the French half inch by inch. Sexton with a dink over the French defence, but it dribbles over the line and France have a breather.

  68. Get involved

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Ireland's Simon Zebo is buried at the bottom of a ruck

    Accenture Rugby: The last four times these teams have met, the side leading at half-time has not won the game

  69. Post update

    Ireland 12-6 France

    First mistake of the match from Jonathan Sexton and he slaps his thigh after watching his kick go out on the full. It was a promising bit of play from the Irish, but instead the French have a line-out near the halfway line.

  70. Post update

    Ireland 12-6 France

    France have only won three games in 15 away Tests under Philippe Saint-Andre and they are likely to suffer more misery away from home unless they can turn things around in this second half. So far, their big beasts have been unable to punch holes in the Irish defence.

    Jonathan Sexton gets the second half under way...

  71. First-half stats

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Ireland-France

    Tackles made: 39-57

    Tackles missed: 5-8

    Turnovers won: 5-4

    Penalties conceded: 6-9

    Carries: 54-38

    Offloads: 1-3

    Metres made: 149-72

  72. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Ian: Well that was a bit boring! Ireland lead because of more indiscipline by the French than them.

    John Ballard: Sexton's showing just what a great player he is. Best fly-half in the world for my money.

    We hope you've placed your vote, John?

  73. Post update

    HT: Ireland 12-6 France

    Keith Wood

    Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

    "Ireland look very focused on what they are doing. They are playing quite naturally but they have an over-arching view on what they should be doing. I don't get the feeling that there is that same gameplan from the French. Philippe Saint-Andre's side have looked quite stilted for me.

    "We love the French way of playing - the spontaneous stuff, the flashy stuff - but they look uncertain. And no-one likes to see that from the French."

  74. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Eleanor Pender: ‏The Tale of the Half, all kicking. No clever moves, no French esprit.

    Theresa: Sexton is winning this game for Ireland amazing!! xx

    Tim Williams: ‏Wayne Barnes is going to wear that whistle out.

  75. Post update

    HT: Ireland 12-6 France

    Thomas Castaignede

    Former France international on BBC One

    France scrum-half Rory Kockott is slow from the breakdown

    "There is nothing really positive to come from that half. I think we are quite passive, waiting for the Ireland attacks to come onto us, and scrum-half Rory Kockott has been slow from the breakdown."

  76. Post update

    HT: Ireland 12-6 France

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "I think Ireland will be quite pleased. They have weathered a French storm, but I think they are fitter and I think they have a stronger bench as well. I fancy them to come on strong in the second half."

  77. Post update

    HT: Ireland 12-6 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Just at half-time, I'm trying to think what the respective coaches will be saying. From a French perspective he'll be saying we have to take Ireland through more phases and keep our discipline.

    "From Joe Schmidt's point of view, he will be most concerned by the number of penalties that Ireland are conceding at the breakdown area."

  78. Half-time

    Ireland 12-6 France

    Half-time stats

    Adventure from France in the 40th minute, but once again they handle the ball as if it were a slippery bar of soap. Scott Spedding guilty this time of spilling and that's enough of that.

  79. Post update

    Ireland 9-6 France

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "Turnovers at the breakdown have been a real prominent feature of the game so far with both sides getting four apiece. Mathieu Bastareaud has been to the fore for France and that is something that Ireland will have to talk about at half-time if they want to protect the quick ball that they need."

  80. Penalty

    Ireland 12-6 France (Sexton

    An easy one for Sexton, in front of the posts, and he could probably have knocked it over with his eyes closed. The outside-half maintains his 100% record.

  81. Post update

    Ireland 9-6 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "No hint of a try from either side so far. I think it is inevitable that both teams would have to take time to break each other down. So far it has been penalties, a couple of mistakes and good kicking. We haven't really seen any good line breaks so far."

  82. Post update

    Ireland 9-6 France

    Both team leaking points at the breakdown. Can the Irish turn promising sparks into a raging, roaring fire? They're trying... spinning it one way, then the other... huffing and puffing near the French 22, but they are unable to make any hard yards and Wayne Barnes blows for an earlier transgression. Where? At the breakdown.

  83. Penalty

    Ireland 9-6 France (Lopez)

    A shuffle of the hips from scrum-half Rory Kockott... he's eventually brought down by a trio of Irish defenders, but Rory Best is trapped on the wrong side and Wayne Barnes toots his whistle again. Lopez nibbles at Ireland's lead.

  84. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    Rob Kearney is tackled

    "Ireland are worth that lead. France have shown signs of coming back into the game but we haven't really seen any of the big, expansive attacking platform."

  85. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 France

    Teddy Thomas hobbles off. His evening is likely to be over, which is a shame as he is one of the few Frenchmen to have looked dangerous with the ball in hand.

  86. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 France

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "Ireland's attack really depends on getting quick ball away from rucks and they are starting to do that. If they can keep up that pace of play then the openings should start to appear."

  87. Penalty

    Ireland 9-3 France (Sexton)

    France, once again, are caught transgressing at the breakdown, holding on in the tackle once more. Sexton eyes one up from 37m and his effort sails between the uprights.

  88. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Jared Payne brushes of the French defence

    John McEnerney: Ireland slowly getting into this but never write off the French they're masters off doing nowt & getting results! Close 1 this!

    Joel Newnham: game of penalties so far Ireland v France. Reminds me of 2003 #worldcupfinal

  89. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "If you are France you probably have a bit more beef with the referee. But he has been very consistent with his interpretation of competing in the break down. France are playing right on the letter of the law and are getting the penalties they deserve."

  90. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Sacreu bleu! Ireland don't engage in the maul and France are penalised for crossing. The visitors botch their attempt to test the Irish defence.

  91. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Ireland with the speed of greyhounds and the menace of bears as they chase their own kicks. The Irish ferocious in defence and attack, but perhaps need more poise when in the French half. Jack McGrath holding on, Camille Lopez with the kick to touch and, from nothing, the French have a line-out inside the Irish 22.

  92. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "This is a tough French team. They are very physical team and they can all get over the ball - everyone from 1 to 15 - and are difficult to shift. Ireland have to commit more numbers to the breakdown than they might usually or in training."

  93. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "If Ireland can't win that quick ball on the ground then the game will go nowhere."

  94. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Mathieu Bastareaud charges into the Irish midfield with the finesse of a sledgehammer. Les Bleus starved of possession, though, coughing up the ball once more and Ireland test Scott Spedding once more under the high ball...

  95. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Conor Murray boots the ball skywards... Scott Spedding gathers but Rob Kearney is chasing and has his opponent in a vice-like grip. From defence to attack and it's the Irish who look the more threatening, although both teams are making silly errors.

  96. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "Johnny Sexton is looking so cool and calm - if France are targeting him they are not doing a very good job so far."

  97. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Momentum with Ireland. Robbie Henshaw is put through by Jonathan Sexton, but the inexperienced centre holds onto the ball a tad too long in the tackle, which gives the French the opportunity to kick themselves into Irish territory.

  98. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Quick line-out ball from Paul O'Connell sets the Irish backline rolling and it's a dreamy kick from Jonathan Sexton which places his team within five metres of the French line. If this is the French attempting to rock Sexton, they're not doing a good job of it.

  99. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was a very soft three-point opportunity that France gave away, especially after they had to wait 16 minutes before getting any points on the board."

  100. Penalty

    Ireland 6-3 France (Sexton)

    France not rolling away from the tackle, and it's another chance for Jonathan Sexton to test his radar a smidgeon outside France's 22. He puffs his cheeks, goes through his familiar routine - and hits it true.

  101. Penalty

    Ireland 3-3 France (Lopez)

    Silence as Camille Lopez finds his zen, and the outside-half continues his 100% penalty record in this tournament.

  102. Post update

    Ireland 3-0 France

    Camille Lopez

    Another short, sharp shrill from Wayne Barnes' whistle. Ireland penalised for holding on in the tackle and Camille Lopez will aim at the posts in a bid to level the match.

  103. Penalty

    Ireland 3-0 France (Sexton)

    Jonathan Sexton with a tricky first attempt, left of the uprights, but there's no rustiness from Ireland's Number 10.

  104. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 France

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "That was a beautiful kick from Jonathan Sexton and Tommy Bowe was not that far away. It was canny play and clear communication as well because they knew they had advantage and a free shot at that move. "

  105. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 France

    The men in green rumble forward before spinning it to Jonathan Sexton. The outside-half with the trademark rugby league kick towards the far touchline and the leaping Tommy Bowe touches the ball with his fingertips, but can't gather. Wayne Barnes blows the whistle for an earlier penalty, however.

  106. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    Sean O'Brien is tackled

    "France look a bit hesitant and have not found their rhythm. When you travel away from home you have to get the basics right. They've had a bit of an advantage in the scrum but they are just off the pace at the moment."

  107. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 France

    The French are probably enjoying territory at the moment, but Ireland's defence is made of steel. Both teams struggling at the strum, though. This time it's the French who collapse, gifting Jonathan Sexton the opportunity to boot the ball into touch.

  108. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "That was interesting because Mathieu Bastareaud wasn't running down Jonathan Sexton's channel but the Ireland fly-half went looking to make the tackle. He went high and helped to secure the turnover. He clearly wants to get involved early on and there was no sign of a hangover from the time Bastareaud left him concussed."

  109. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 France

    Jonathan Sexton intentionally runs into the dumper truck that is Mathieu Bastareaud and the outside-half helps stop the Frenchman's momentum. Great defending from the hosts, earning themselves a put-in at the scrum on their own 22.

  110. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 France

    Off. An overthrow from Rory Best and the Irish are forced onto their heels. But France can't take advantage of the opportunity.

    A slight stop in play with some shenanigans in the scrum... Conor Murray with a put-in... the Irish front row collapses and Wayne Barnes toots his whistle and awards French the penalty.

  111. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Ireland line up

    Ingeborg: And yet another rugby game on #bbc6nations yay!! This is a great weekend!!

    Linda Keen: Come on #Ireland show 'em how it's done! #BoysinGreen

    Ryan Northwood: Ireland's back 3 combination actually scares me! So much talent and speed!

  112. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 France

    An iffy pass from Simon Zebo, but the winger is fleet enough of foot to get himself out of trouble. Ireland going through the phases but it's all on the halfway line. Jonathan Sexton with a chip... Scott Spedding collects but is gang tackled into touch.

  113. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 France

    Rob Kearney tests Camille Lopez with an up-and-under and the outside-half stays firm. An aerial bombardment from the Irish at the moment, and the French backline are dealing with whatever drops from the sky.

  114. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 France

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said early this week that his team should test Johnny Sexton early on. The visitors have yet had a chance to do that, though only 120 seconds have ticked by. Ireland turning over ball and winning the early penalty, but it's all pretty even early on.

  115. Post update

    Ireland v France (17:00 GMT)

    Toot! We're off. Camille Lopez kicks towards Simon Zebo and the winger calmly gathers.

  116. Post update

    Ireland v France (17:00 GMT)

    Spine-tingling singing from the Irish. If it were an episode of The Voice, which this isn't of course, all four judges would have hit the big button.

    The anthems are now over, let's lose ourselves in live sport.

  117. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    Ireland boss Joe Schmidt

    "Joe Schmidt will not be getting ahead of himself. He will be wanting to establish a winning mentality in his side, but will not be looking too far ahead and at the World Cup."

  118. Post update

    Ireland v France (17:00 GMT)

    The brass band finish playing World in Union, Mathieu Bastareaud looks skywards and then La Marseillaise is pumped around the ground. French flags are flying, Les Bleus are singing...

  119. Post update

    Ireland v France (17:00 GMT)

    Keith Wood

    Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

    "You're looking for gaps, spotting the weakness. If you look at Ireland's set up, they will try to work unbelievable well off set pieces, to try to score a try off three or four phases."

  120. Speedy Spedding

    Ireland v France (17:00 GMT)

    Scott Spedding

    Who are France's danger men? They have the force of Mathieu Bastareaud and the artistry of Wesley Fofana, but Scott Spedding has already made an impression in his four-cap career. Last weekend, he was behind only England's Mike Brown as the player to have gained more territory on the opening weekend.

  121. Vote for the best Number 10

    After some impressive performances so far we're asking who is the best Number 10 this season? Just select your choice in the vote on the right, or enter via twitter, by tweeting #Sexton, #Ford, #Biggar, #Russell or #Lopez to @bbcrugby.

    The vote will close at the end of Ireland v France, with the results announced on the Forum which follows. Click here for terms & conditions.

  122. Ireland on a roll

    Ireland v France (17:00 GMT)

    Ireland celebrate a try against Italy

    The French team trot out onto the pitch and Ireland quickly follow, entering the arena to a ear-piercing din. Pyrotechnics, whooping and yelling...

    Ireland are on a roll, of course, but we should add that France have yet to lose at the Aviva Stadium, winning two and drawing one. Oh, this match is too close to call.

  123. Ireland formidable under Schmidt

    Ireland v France (17:00 GMT)

    Ireland v France

    If we're talking history, Ireland haven't a great record against the French, but under Joe Schmidt they have become tough cookies to beat - or, in the words of Philippe Saint-Andre, formidable - with the New Zealander winning 13 of his 16 Tests in charge.

  124. Ireland are favourites - Saint-Andre

    Ireland v France (17:00 BST)

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre: "We did some good stuff against Scotland but we didn't score. This is a tough place to come and I will be looking to see how this side react. I don't think the World Cup will be affected by this match. That will be a different competition but this match is very important for us. Ireland are favourites, but with the French team you never know."

  125. Team news

    Ireland v France (17:00 BST)

    Changes to the Ireland team which beat Italy, with Lions trio Sexton, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip returning. Just the one change for France, prop Eddy Ben Arous replacing the injured Alexandre Menini.

    Ireland: 15-Rob Kearney, 14-Tommy Bowe, 13-Jared Payne, 12-Robbie Henshaw, 11-Simon Zebo, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Conor Murray; 1-Jack McGrath, 2-Rory Best, 3-Mike Ross, 4-Devin Toner, 5-Paul O'Connell (c), 6-Peter O'Mahony, 7-Sean O'Brien, 8-Jamie Heaslip

    Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-Cian Healy, 18-Martin Moore, 19-Iain Henderson, 20-Jordi Murphy, 21-Isaac Boss, 22-Ian Madigan, 23-Felix Jones.

    France: 15-Scott Spedding, 14-Yoann Huget, 13-Mathieu Bastareaud, 12-Wesley Fofana, 11-Teddy Thomas, 10-Camille Lopez, 9-Rory Kockott; 1-Eddy Ben Arous, 2-Guilhem Guirado, 3-Rabah Slimani, 4-Pascal Pape, 5-Yoann Maestri, 6-Thierry Dusautoir, 7-Bernard Le Roux, 8-Damien Chouly

    Replacements: 16-Benjamin Kayser, 17-Uini Atonio, 18-Vincent Debaty, 19-Romain Taofifenua, 20-Loann Goujon, 21-Morgan Parra, 22-Remi Tales, 23-Remi Lamerat.

  126. Returning trio can add spark - Schmidt

    Ireland v France (17:00 BST)

    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt on the return of Jonathan Sexton, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip: "I think they can galvanise the group and bring a little experience out there. There are always concerns over fitness until you get down to match day, but they were very keen to be involved and in the context of the championship now is a good time to bring them in."

  127. Post update

    Ireland v France (17:00 BST)

    Sexton was knocked out cold by Mathieu Bastareaud last year, but still scored 17 points at the Stade de France to help write a fairytale ending for Brian O'Driscoll.

    Four bouts of concussion in a year led to a 12-week break for the outside-half, but he's now back and Sexton won't let a behemoth like Bastareaud trouble him this afternoon, will he?

  128. Post update

    Keith Wood

    Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

    On Philippe Saint-Andre's claim that "you never know what to expect from France": "You don't want your coach to say things like that! It is the total stereotype of French rugby but you want your coach to be focused."

  129. Post update

    Ireland v France (17:00 BST)

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "Ireland are averaging three tries a game. France are still a formidable team, but averaging one try a game. Ireland have moved on well and in Joe Schmidt they have the outstanding coach in world rugby."

  130. Post update

    Ireland v France (15:00 GMT)

    Jonny Sexton

    Hello, Aimee here. Mike is taking a well-deserved breather after that try-fest.

    So, will they target him? Won't they? Should we expect crosshairs on Jonathan Sexton's shirt? Yes, says France's head coach. No, says their captain. The Ireland outside-half, usually a sharp-shooting marksman himself, is back in the firing line, stepping on to a rugby pitch for the first time in 12 weeks. How will he and his team fare?

  131. Player reaction

    England 47-17 Italy

    George Ford

    England's George Ford, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, says: "It wasn't a complete performance. We started poorly and we have to sort that out, but Italy are a good team and have some brilliant players. It takes time to break them down and that's what you saw happen.

    "We didn't start the game with a great attitude in defence but we got the ball, upped the intensity and kept upping the score.

    "We're delighted to get two wins out of two but we have lots of things to work on and it will be a hard game in Dublin."

    On his Bath and England team-mate Jonathan Joseph, Ford added: "Playing with JJ week in, week out, I see it all the time so for him to do it on the international stage is brilliant for him. If you give him the ball in a bit of space then he is lethal."

  132. Post update

    England 47-17 Italy

    Jeremy Guscott

    Former England centre on BBC One

    "Jonny May made a defensive error last week, he made a couple today. If one person is under pressure I believe it could be Jonny May."

    He also made a few mistakes with ball in hand, wrecking some clear openings. He has got pace, but the decision-making is open to question.

  133. Post update

    England 47-17 Italy

    Carlo Del Fava

    Former Italy lock on BBC One

    "For Italy, I think there were less errors than last week's game, but more intensity and more ambition. The kicking from hand to relieve pressure, they only did it in the last 15 minutes of the game. They need to do more of that.

    "The penalty kicks, it's horrible. It's an area they seriously need to look at."

  134. Post update

    England 47-17 Italy

    Jonathan Joseph

    Jonathan Joseph, England's man of the match: "It's going great. It's great to get the win today. The boys showed great spirit to come back and get the win. Defensively, we weren't disciplined enough and we allowed them to get on top of us. We sorted that out and were better in the second half.

    On playing on the wing: "It's always disruptive, but we work in the week for that to happen. We're comfortable in change of positions and it went well today."

  135. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Robert Anderson: Strange game- Italy quite good, England pretty poor. But England win by 30!

    Robert Clarke: Jonathan Joseph serious talent. Why has it taken Lancaster so long to recognise? Finally some guile at Centre

    Matt Brown: We have been average at best. Very poor in defence and our set piece was poor. But we still put 47 points on the board and won

  136. Post update

    England 47-17 Italy

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster: "It was a soft try we conceded first up. At half-time we give them a rev up, said we needed to up the intensity, and I think we did that in the second half.

    "We were a little bit off on the back of last week, but we need to be better than that. Slightly disappointed that we didn't do a bit better but I'm really pleased for Jonathan Joseph. He's having a great season so far and I'm delighted for him."

    Lancaster next opponents Ireland: "It's going to be a massive game. It'll be a big weekend all round."

  137. Post update

    England 47-17 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The game showed the strength England have on their bench. It was not England's best performance but they were comfortably in control. Jonathan Joseph again showed his credentials with his pace and it was a great performance from him.

    "Tom Croft charging around looked very physical and he is a player desperately trying to get back into the international frame and back into the starting line-up. Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter both scored tries so the strength in the squad is really growing."

  138. Post update

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "Italy started the game well, finished the game well. For England, Jonathan Joseph was a pleasure to watch but there's more work to do before Ireland."

    That meeting in Dublin is clear-the-diary, turn-off-the-phone stuff. Sunday 1 March. 15:00 GMT. Be there.

  139. Get involved #bbcrugby

    #bbc6nations

    John M Butt: Good result for England. Italy gave them challenges so they do not sit on their laurels.

    Charles Nurick: Great finish there. Italy have certainly shown plenty of endeavour and could cause other teams some problems

    Karl Dyer: Decent win, conceding three tries is a bit worrying. Still need to start faster too

  140. Post update

    Jeremy Guscott

    Former England centre on BBC One

    "Six tries, good performance in that stat. England are going to be disappointed to allow three in but I'm pleased for Jonathan Joseph, carrying on his good form. There's lot to improve on."

  141. Post update

    England 47-17 Italy

    A cracking stat for you courtesy of John Inverdale on BBC One.

    Nick Easter, at 36 years 183 days, has become the oldest man to score a Test try for England by crossing today.

  142. Full-time

    England 47-17 Italy

    England v Italy
  143. Post update

    England 47-17 Italy

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    Jonathan Joseph runs the channels

    "In a fractured performance by England, one man has stood out - Jonathan Joseph. Superb feet, ambition throughout the game and he's timed his runs well."

  144. Post update

    England 47-17 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Italy got the ball wide to Luca Morisi, who has had a great game, he dropped his shoulder hard into Jonny May and it's a try. Jonny May has not had his greatest game."

  145. Try

    England 47-17 Italy - Luca Morisi (con Tommaso Allan)

    Luca Morisi scores for Italy

    A slashing break from Giulio Bisegni, a deft offload from Andrea Masi and a barging run from Luca Morisi. Some lovely stuff from Italy.

    Nothing that Jonny May will want to see again though. The Gloucester man was shrugged off far too easily by Morisi.

  146. Try review

    England 47-10 Italy

    Italy look like they do have a score! Nothing much wrong with that from my angle....

  147. Post update

    England 47-10 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was a brilliant recovery from Anthony Watson. Luke McLean spotted the space between Watson and Jonny May but great work from Watson."

  148. Post update

    England 47-10 Italy

    Italy are finishing the stronger, but the consolation score proves elusive. Luke McLean chips deftly over the top, Tommaso Allan gathers but can't get away the offload that would allow George Biagi to flop over.

  149. Post update

    England 47-10 Italy

    Still Italy keep rumbling away, phase after phase...

  150. Post update

    England 47-10 Italy

    Billy Vunipola has had a good second half and he is to the fore as England keep repelling Italy's advances around their 22-metre line.

  151. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Steve Pearce: Cipriani starts the move and finishes in style, that was a superb try! Now play like that from the start!! #bbc6nations

    William Searle: Cipriani and Easter on the scoresheet, someone give Mike Tindall a call #2011

    Kieran Morris: What a phenomenally amazing performance from @EnglandRugby !! Only 10 to go now!!

    Danny Cipriani celebrates
  152. Post update

    England 47-10 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Great work at the maul from England. Italy threw everything into it, England kept the ball, created a new maul and Italy ran out of defenders. Both players returning from international exile, Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter, have now scored tries."

  153. Post update

    England 47-10 Italy

    Smart work from Mako Vunipola, on for Joe Marler, as he strips the ball from Italian hands. Billy Twelvetrees, also off the bench, tries to catch the Italy back three out by kicking the turnover ball deep, but Luke McLean returns with interest.

    England have to work their way out of their own 22-metre line.

  154. Post update

    England 47-10 Italy

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "Italy try to bring the maul down but they can't because England have players in the right positions."

  155. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Paulo: This is becoming a bit of a one-sided game now. Lovely changes of speed from the England wings and backs

    Grant Michael Smith: I've always rated Danny Cipriani, nice to see him deliver

    Tom Edwards: Welcome back Danny Cipriani. Yes, it's only Italy, but this England backline can scare anyone. Sheer pace all across it.

  156. Try

    England 47-10 Italy - Nick Easter (missed con Cipriani)

    After Danny Cipriani's score, it is another of the men redeemed from England's bargain bin who crosses at the back of a driving maul.

    Nick Easter is the familiar mug who pops up holding the ball. Italy are tiring quickly.

    Cipraini made a hash of a difficult conversion chance by the way.

  157. Post update

    England 42-10 Italy

    Turnover in midfield and a corridor of space for Jonny May. He is hauled down just short but England have their foot firmly to the metal.

  158. Post update

    England 42-10 Italy

    Ben Youngs off and Richard Wigglesworth on at nine for England.

  159. Post update

    England 42-10 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Danny Cipriani scores

    "The adrenaline would have been pumping for Danny Cipriani and it was good play from England, they created the space and it was a good finish. It has been far from perfect from England but they have created and taken a few chances."

  160. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Former England captain Will Carling: Little things..... No flamboyant celebration from Danny Cipriani. Grown up & focused. Great to see.

  161. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Ben Scanlan: Pleased for @DannyCipriani87: the guy gets a lot of grief, outrageously talented and deserves that try.

    Rob Cox: ‏DannyCipriani87 your such a class act. Well taken chance. Let's hope the flood gates open for you now.

    Alice ‏First six nations in 7 years and Cipriani scores, whaaat!

  162. Post update

    England 42-10 Italy

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "It's not a bad first touch for Danny Cipriani, is it? All made by Jonny May. He stands his winger up, shows phenomenal acceleration and sees the man inside. Stuart Lancaster will want England to now kick on."

  163. Try

    England 42-10 Italy - Cipriani (con. Cipriani)

    Danny Cipriani scores for England

    Danny Cipriani comes on for George Ford - his first Six Nations appearance since 2008 - and less than a minute later he is picking himself up after diving over.

    He had the pace to pop up on Jonny May's shoulder after the wing's break and sheer gas is one of the things he brings to a team.

    Cipriani almost looks a little sheepish as he scores though. He wants to prove himself as a serious international and that try doesn't do that just yet.

  164. Post update

    England 35-10 Italy

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "England's backs did well. That small George Ford dummy allows Jonathan Joseph to pick his line. George Ford taking it flat to the line, the defender can't ignore him."

  165. Post update

    England 35-10 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "George Ford hid himself behind the scrum, shaping up to go on the blindside. Billy Twelvetrees ran into the heart of Italy and held the ball for Ford who allowed Joseph to run off the shoulder. He has a fantastic turn of pace and Italy had sold themselves and there was no recovery. England are now in complete control."

  166. Try

    England 35-10 Italy - Jonathan Joseph (con Ford)

    Jonathan Joseph scores his second try

    A first-phase score from up near halfway. You don't get many of those to the Test.

    George Ford shows good nerve to wait for Jonathan Joseph to appear on his shoulder as the Italy defence thunder up at him.

    Joseph's pace and angle cut the Italy defence to ribbons and he is in unopposed.

  167. Post update

    England 28-10 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "With ball-in-hand, England have not got out of second gear. They need far more accuracy and penetration."

  168. Post update

    OptaJonny: Ben Youngs has ended a run of 21 games without a try for England. Patience.

  169. Post update

    England 28-10 Italy

    Time to make a change in the England front row.

    Tom Youngs replaces Dylan Hartley at hooker while Kieran Brookes relieves Dan Cole.

  170. Penalty

    England 28-10 Italy - George Ford

    Andrea Masi spills on his own 22-metre line, a team-mate fails to roll away and England have another gimme penalty right in front.

    George Ford does the business and England could coast it from here.

  171. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Matt Smith: HAHAHA Ben Young just caught Italy out sleeping. Another great try and now a 15 point lead for England!

    Tim Riggs: score line is looking a bit better - but still a little scrappy

    William Ogle: Seriously, who DIDN'T see that try coming? Was anyone in the Italy team paying attention?

  172. Post update

    England 25-10 Italy

    Luther Burrell
  173. Get involved #bbc6nations

    BBC Radio 5 live's Ed Marriage: Biggest round of applause of the day as Mike Brown appears to sit on the bench. Great news.

  174. Post update

    England 25-10 Italy - Ben Youngs

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "That was good, quick thinking by Ben Youngs but, to be honest, international teams should concentrate better than that. The Italian coaching team will be furious. It's difficult to blame the forwards, who are just getting up from the scrum, but the backrow should do better."

  175. Post update

    England 25-10 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Well done Ben Youngs. We didn't want to see three or four collapsed scrums before the referee gave a penalty try. Youngs took matters into his own hands. He tapped the ball and walked through for a simple try."

  176. Try

    England 25-10 Italy - Ben Youngs (con Ford)

    Ben Youngs scores a try for England

    The scrum disintegrates, the referee awards the penalty and Ben Youngs spots his chance - tapping and going before most of the Italian pack have worked out what the initial decision was.

    Simple conversion for George Ford and suddenly the scoreline looks a lot healthier for England.

  177. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Noel Krohn: Great try from the Italians, England too slow, forwards are awesome but balls not moving out quick enough

    Ian: Too many errors from England in defence and if Italy had a kicker we could be in real trouble.

    Ewan Murray: If Italy had a kicker they'd be in the lead!! #bbc6nations England should win, but they've been shoddy.

  178. Post update

    England 18-10 Italy

    England are straight back onto the front foot as Italy miss their man at the line-out.

    Scrum five England with Nick Easter on in place of Dave Attwood.

  179. Get involved #bbc6nations

    England 18-10 Italy

    Eduardo Gori passes the ball for Italy

    Former England captain Will Carling: Italy have had a real cutting edge in attack. Inventive and clinical. Well-worked try

    Former England centre Will Greenwood: Great Try Italy... Thank goodness the pens and conversions not going over... Englandnot so fussed about points difference anymore

  180. Post update

    England 18-10 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "England were all over the place once they lost possession. England are looking ragged. What I expected from them was absolute precision matched with intensity but we haven't seen it so far."

  181. Post update

    England 18-10 Italy

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "That was a tremendous individual effort. Luca Morisi had the presence of mind and speed to make the line. What a tremendous moment for him."

  182. Try

    England 18-10 Italy - Luca Morisi (missed con Haimona)

    A pearl of a try and Italy probably deserve it for a creditable first half rather than a slow start to the second.

    Leonardo Sarto chipped, chased and gathered down one wing and was only just halted by the cover.

    Italy work the ball back the opposite way and Luca Morisi spots a hole between Joe Marler and Dave Attwood and is through like the proverbial rat up a drainpipe.

    He crosses on all fours as Anthony Watson's tap-tackle takes his legs but not his momentum. Kelly Haimona misses another presentable kick on the conversion.

  183. Post update

    England 18-5 Italy

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "It's important for Italy to keep with the ambition they had in the first half. If they play an attritional game, they need to have a kicker that's going to put over every points available and they haven't got that."

  184. Post update

    England 18-5 Italy

    Chris Robshaw drives the England scrum

    It has not been a bubbling atmosphere at Twickenham and referee John Lacey is not helping.

    The official is getting fussy over the setting of a scrum and no-one pays £60 upwards to watch that...

  185. Post update

    England 18-5 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "England are moving the point of attack and not just putting the ball into George Ford's hands. They are forcing Italy to take more chances in the break-down. Hopefully the referee will not let Italy stack up the penalties. He gave them a warning at the end of the first half."

  186. Penalty

    England 18-5 Italy - George Ford

    England have started this half in much more business-like fashion. No messin' hitting-up chews up the territory and Italy infringe to allow George Ford to tickle over a straightforward penalty.

  187. Get involved #bbcrugby

    Steve Jones: Is Joseph a graduate of the Jason Robinson academy of sidestepping? #ENGvITA #bbc6nations

    John Roberts: In my imagination even as a 21 stone prop, I used to run as fast as johnathan joseph. Great try #bbc6nations #6Nations

    Sarah: Spending my valentines with 15 rugby players!! ...C'mon England!! #bbc6nations #ENGvITA

  188. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Oh, that was a waste from Jonny May.

    Billy Vunipola, who has started the half well, blasting away around the fringes, won't thank him for a nothing-much nudge that runs harmlessly over the dead-ball line to relieve the pressure on Italy.

    May has yet to shine.

  189. Post update

    Jonathan Davies

    Former Wales fly-half on BBC One

    England's Ben Youngs

    "They're not having the control they had against Wales. I expect them to come out good in the second half and we'll see a lot more of George Ford and Ben Youngs."

  190. Get involved #bbc6nations

    England 15-5 Italy

    Former England captain Will Carling: This half England need to start with the edge. A sharp start and they can control the game

  191. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "There will have been some harsh words in the England dressing room as there were a couple of soft turnovers and much more accuracy is needed. They need to do what they did last week and significantly up the tempo."

  192. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    You can see the three first-half tries at the top of this page by the way. Click on the highlights tab and drink em down.

  193. Post update

    Metres made graphic
  194. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    The kick-off is safely gathered in by the Italian pack with Sergio Parisse taking the ball into contact.

    Kelly Haimona puts his instep through the back of the ball to clear his lines. Line-out England up on the Italy 10-metre line.

  195. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    A flash of firework - still some way short of the Millennium Stadium standard - and the two teams are back out on the Twickers baize.

    George Ford to get us going...

  196. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Carlo Checchinato

    Will Simon Le Bon Save a Prayer for Italy or is he now cheering for England's Wild Boys. Duran Duran's twitter account has just tweeted: Le Bonz and friends were the guests of Carlo Checchinato & the Italian rugby team at the England v Italy match today!

  197. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Jeremy Guscott

    Former England centre on BBC One

    Jonathan Joseph

    "Jonathan Joseph has just carried on from last week. Once he's in the space, he's going away from players and it's just a well-taken try. He's playing with confidence and any opportunity Jonathan Joseph is taking it. You cannot beat pace."

  198. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "England will be frustrated that they couldn't convert their last chance at the end of the first half. Mike Brown's injury is a concern and they had to reshuffle, but they have handled that well.

    "All credit to Italy for creating the opportunity for the opening try when Luca Morisi broke through three tackles. It has been good energy from the start from Italy but now they are tiring and giving away penalties.

    "If they go down to 14 men then England will take advantage of that. Although England haven't had much possession, they have looked sharp when they have had the ball."

  199. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Lewis Moody

    Former England captain on BBC One

    "Italy scored a great try, but England tackling in the first half... the intensity that was so key against Wales has been missing."

  200. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Carlo Del Fava

    Former Italy lock on BBC One

    "The attacking style of rugby and the ambition, that is exactly what Italy need going into this game."

  201. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    News from touchline reporter Sonja McLaughlan who reports that Mike Brown - taken off early in the half after a blow to the head - is doing well. He is still at the stadium and is undergoing the concussion protocol, but is feeling "fine".

  202. Half-time

    England 15-5 Italy

    Half-time
  203. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    It is Italian shouts of celebration rather than English at the end of the rolling maul.

    The visitors flooded in behind England's attempted shove over and forced them back and the turnover.

  204. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Successive penalties in the Italy 22-metre and George Ford kicks for the corner on both.

    The crowd approve and Italy are out of strikes. Another infringement and ref John Lacey will be walking under the sticks to award a penalty try...

  205. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Former England captain Will Carling: Johnny May - use the overlap. BASICS! selfish play

  206. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    It might not matter today, but England will have to make those sort of chances stick come World Cup time.

    Billy Vunipola's canter down the blindside gives England momentum and men over, but Jonny May butchers the chances, stuttering inside when a pass outside would have put one of three team-mates into the corner.

  207. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Jonathan Joseph scores for England

    "When England have kept the ball for more than two or three phases they look very dangerous but Italy are resolute and they have managed to get hold of the ball and frustrate England."

  208. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "I think it was a wrong decision to go for the penalty. If they could have put that ball deep into territory, put the pressure back on England..."

  209. Missed penalty

    England 15-5 Italy

    Another penalty chance for Italy as Chris Robshaw realises that his side are getting the rough side of John Lacey's whistle at the breakdown.

    It is further out and Kelly Haimona's attempt flops well short...

  210. Missed penalty

    England 15-5 Italy

    Great defensive work from James Haskell as he covers the ground excellently to get his mitts on rumbling replacement Samuela Vunisa.

    The Wasps man is pinged a few seconds later however, an offside that looked questionable. It seemed the ball was knocked out of a team-mate's hand rather than a deliberate off-load.

    Kelly Haimona screws a decent penalty chance wide of the right upright.

  211. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Paul Grayson

    Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Luca Morisi carried the ball into the midfield strongly for Italy, but Billy Twelvetrees held him up and forced the turnover.

    "Dan Cole used the ball well, as did Luther Burrell and Jonathan Joseph used his out-and-out pace to finish it off. It was good defensive work from England to create the turnover."

  212. Get involved #bbc6nations

    England's Jonathan Joseph takes on Italy

    BBC Radio 5 live's Alastair Eykyn: Pure class from Joseph. Living up to the hype. Just brilliant.

  213. Post update

    England 15-5 Italy

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "Two or three times Jonathan Joseph has been trying to cut loose. Lovely footwork. England have been waiting for creativity like this, and it was a Chris Robshaw turnover which started the whole thing."

  214. Try

    England 15-5 Italy - Jonathan Joseph (con Ford)

    Jonathan Joseph breaks free for a try

    Dreamy stuff from Jonathan Joseph as he channels the spirits of former Bath centre Jeremy Guscott, floating outside Kelly Haimona, standing up Leonardo Sarto with the suggestion of a pass out to Anthony Watson and then scampering in under the posts instead.

    Manu Tuilagi? Sam Burgess? And the rest? You might be playing for one World Cup centre spot.