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Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Post update

    England 15-21 France

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

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

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

  2. Full-time

    England 15-21 France

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

  3. Full-time

    England 15-21 France

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

  4. Full-time

    England 15-21 France

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

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    England 15-21 France

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

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    England 15-21 France

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

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    England 15-21 France

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

  8. Converted try

    England 15-21 France - Millar-Mills

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

  9. Try review

    England 8-21 France

    Harriet Millar-Mills runs with possession

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

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    England 8-21 France

    Hannah Gallagher

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

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    England 8-21 France

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

  12. Try

    England 8-21 France - Tremouliere

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

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    England 8-16 France

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

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    England 8-16 France

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

  15. Missed conversion

    England 8-16 France

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

  16. Try

    England 8-16 France - Gallagher

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

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    England 3-16 France

    Alexandra Matthews

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

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    England 3-16 France

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

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    England 3-16 France

    Audrey Forlani catches

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

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

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    England 3-16 France

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

  21. Penalty

    England 3-16 France - Tremouliere

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

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    England 3-13 France

    Katy McLean

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

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    England 3-13 France

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

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    England 3-13 France

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

  25. Kick-off

    England 3-13 France

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

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    England 3-13 France

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

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

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    England 3-13 France

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

  28. As it stands table

    England 3-13 France

    Six Nations
  29. Half-time

    England 3-13 France

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

  30. Half-time

    England 3-13 France

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

  31. Penalty

    England 3-13 France - Reed

    Amber Reed kicks

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

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

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    England 0-13 France

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

  33. Penalty

    England 0-13 France - Tremouliere

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

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    England 0-10 France

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

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    England 0-10 France

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

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    England 0-10 France

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

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    England 0-10 France

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

  38. Try

    England 0-10 France - Mignot try, Tremouliere con

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

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    England 0-3 France

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

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    Maggie Alphonsi

    Rugby World Cup winner on BBC 5 live sports extra

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

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    England 0-3 France

    Early enforced change for England. Back rower Harriet Millar-Mills rips off her training bib, sprinting on to replace Hannah Field.

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    England 0-3 France

    Now it is England's turn to attack. But a couple errors stunt their progress in the French half. Number eight Alex Matthews drops the ball as she looks to break the line, then moments later Amber Reed flings it forward as she looks to pick out her wing Ruth Laybourn. Better from the home side.

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    England 0-3 France

    France, who will move a step closer to the Six Nations title with a win, use their powerful pack to set up a platform inside the England half. The Red Rose side are pinned back in their half, but alleviate the pressure when they win a scrum on the cusp of their own 22.

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    England 0-3 France

    Maggie Alphonsi

    Rugby World Cup winner on BBC 5 live sports extra

    "When the players arrive the men's game is already happening and you can keep yourself focused. some go out and watch. But i preferred to stay in the changing room and focus. When you ran out at Twickenham it was a fantastic experience."

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    England 0-3 France

    Oooh and aaaahs from the Twickenham crowd as England flanker Hannah Gallagher charges down a French kick from inside the 22. But the Saracens player fumbles as she tries to gather, letting the visitors off the hook.

  46. Penalty

    England 0-3 France

    Early penalty for France, just inside the English half. Les Bleues elect to kick. Tremouliere stands over the ball, sweetly connecting to send the ball towards the tall Twickenham posts. Has it got the legs? Yes! Six Nations leaders France are ahead...

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    England 0-0 France

    Barely 60 seconds on the clock before the stop is halted for an injury. England prop Rochelle Clark is the woman down. It is her 100th cap remember - I'd suggest there is not a hope in hell that she will be leaving early. No, she's fine. Back under way.

  48. England team news

    England 0-0 France

    Backs: 15. Fiona Pocock; 14. Ruth Laybourn, 13. Amber Reed, 12. Ceri Large, 11. Lydia Thompson; 10. Katy Mclean, 9. Bianca Blackburn.

    Forwards: 1. Rochelle Clark, 2. Victoria Fleetwood, 3. Justine Lucas; 4. Tamara Taylor, 5. Abbie Scott; 6. Hannah Gallagher, 7. Hannah Field, 8. Alexandra Matthews.

    Replacements: 16. Amy Cokayne, 17. Victoria Cornborough, 18. Laura Keates, 19. Rowena Burnfield, 20. Harriet Millar-Mills, 21. Fiona Davidson, 22. Abigail Brown, 23. Katie Mason.

  49. Team news

    England 0-0 France

    England's acting head coach Nicola Ponsford makes three changes to the side which beat Scotland last time out.

    Bristol's Amber Reed comes in off the bench to start in the centre, while Abbie Scott and Hannah Gallagher also return to the starting line-up in the pack.

    Worcester wing Lydia Thompson and Richmond's Fiona Pocock, who has returned after a four-year injury battle, have retained their places.

  50. Kick-off

    England 0-0 France

    England's World Cup-winning captain Katy Mclean tosses the ball into the air, preparing for the honour of kicking off. That she does, hoisting the ball deep into French territory. Game on!

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    England v France (19:20 GMT)

    You might have gathered we are running a tad late at Twickers. Les Bleues screech out an adrenalin-pumping version of La Marseillaise, before England belt out God Save The Queen - led by Rochelle Clark, who manages a few more tears ahead of her 100th cap. Plenty of folk still gathered in the steep, green stands at England HQ.

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    England v France (19:20 GMT)

    Rochelle Clark, celebrating her 100th cap, leads out the England team at Twickenham. The prop tries to hold her emotions back - but she can't. Tears streaming down her face. And, I presume, they are not because she has just found out the men's result...

    Clark, 33, who made her Test debut against Canada in 2003 and won the World Cup in 2014, will join former hooker Amy Garnett as the joint most-capped England player of all time.

    "It is an absolutely fantastic milestone to achieve," said England's acting head coach Nicola Ponsford.

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    England Rugby: England Women warm up ahead of their match against France, kicking off at 7.20pm #sendhervictorious

  54. As it stands table

    England v France (19:20 GMT)

    Six Nations women's table
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    England v France (19:20 GMT)

    Hello! If you have any shreds of nerves left then I'm hoping they will be totally shot in about two hours. England v France. Le Crunch Part Deux. Or should that be Les Crunch?

    Barely minutes after Chris Robshaw and his long-faced colleagues trudged off the Twickenham pitch, their female counterparts are running out of the tunnel for their pre-match warm-ups. England must win.

  56. Post update

    Well. How on Earth do you follow that gripping men's Six Nations finale at Twickenham? I'm not too sure. But the England Women are going to give it their best shot.

    A hushed sense of shock is hovering over England HQ. Many Red Rose fans are filing out as they come to terms with Stuart Lancaster's men falling agonisingly short.

    But for those hardy souls still there might be cheered up by England's Women thumping their French counterparts. Or they may go home with a hefty dose of double disappointment...