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Summary

  1. Ireland win Six Nations title on points difference from England & Wales
  2. Ireland's points difference six better than England's
  3. England 55-35 France FT
  4. Scotland 10-40 Ireland FT
  5. Italy 20-61 Wales FT

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By Mike Henson and Ben Dirs

All times stated are UK

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Ireland celebrate winning the title
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That was Ireland's 13th outright title, including wins in the old Home and Five Nations. That puts them one behind Scotland. Three of Ireland's titles have come in the Six Nations era. By the way, Scotland have now been wooden spoonists 33 times in all, only three behind Ireland. And on that bombshell, it's time to say goodnight and it's been lovely having you all. Goodnight.

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Marek: Enough of all this free flowing rugby - lets get back to the days of the 3-0 slugfest.

Dr Tom Crick: Well played Ireland. Fantastic final day of the Six Nations... Can England and Wales maintain this form into the Rugby World Cup?

Steve Mitchell: Ford cost England more points than Haskell if you are looking for blame... also look at Lancaster's tactics!

Former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer: Just goes to show what you can achieve when you play positive rugby and show ambition to score points.

Italy wing Mirco Bergamasco: Congratulations Ireland for winning the 2015 Six Nations. #huge #team #mental

BBC commentator Conor McNamara: Never in doubt.

Jeremy Guscott

Former England centre on BBC One

"Congratulations Ireland, well deserved. It was in England's grasps on a number of occasions. England kind of buckled under pressure. At some point this side will get over the line, it could possibly be in the World Cup."

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell: "I never would have predicted such a game at Twickenham. Fair play to England and fair play to France. I've never received a trophy in such a bizarre situation. It's strange. In some ways it's better than last year."

When asked if this will be his last Six Nations: "I don't want it to be."

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny: CHAMPIONS! #COYBIG

England head coach Stuart Lancaster on BBC One: "I'm gutted really. It was one of the most courageous performances I've seen from a team. It was an unbelievable game of rugby.

"The first two France tries hurt us. But to come back like we did - it will go down as one of the great games of rugby. Credit to Ireland, they beat us away from home, so congratulations to Joe Schmidt and his team."

Coverage on BBC One has come to a close but the women's international between England and France starts in 10 minutes and can be viewed on the Red Button. And remember, there's also a Six Nations documentary on Sunday at 1900 GMT on BBC Two - Six Nations Greatest Moments.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt on BBC One: "It was tumultuous. Exhausting. I'm delighted on behalf of the team. I spare a thought for England, they were superb today and probably deserved a share of the spoils. I'm looking forward to being quite relaxed now. Hopefully we can keep going forward.

"Days like today build coronaries for coaches. But it also builds character. We're delighted and relieved."

Former England captain Will Carling: Wow!! What a game !! Who would have thought England would score 55 against France? Amazing. Great effort by England. Congrats to Ireland.

Ex-Wales prop Scott Quinnell: What a game. England very good. France good. Three teams left it all on the field. We need more days like this. Congratulations to Ireland. Great rugby.

Gloucester and Wales hooker Richard Hibbard: Fair play: Three amazing games.

Sir Clive Woodward

Former England coach on BBC One

"England should feel disappointed for 24 hours - then I'd sit them down and say 'wow, that was amazing'.

"I didn't think I could see this England team play like this, they were fantastic."

Paul O'Connell hoists aloft the Six Nations trophy for the second year in a row - will it be his last Six Nations? No clues yet, but it would no real surprise if he bowed out after the World Cup later this year. Especially if Ireland win it...

Full-time

England 55-35 France

Former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll: GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET IN!!!!!!!!!!

Northampton and England prop Alex Corbisiero: Literally inches away from the championship, incredible performance. So proud of the boys, the whole country is.

Bristol and Wales lock Ian Evans: Probably seen more attacking rugby in the last games of Six Nations, than just winning rugby #sticktothestaggeredkickoffs

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Emma McNicholas: CHAMPIONS YES IRELAND!!!

John McEnerney: Full credit to all sides today except Italy. Great games, pure entertainment! Come on Ireland!

James Rowe: I CANNOT believe it! Gutted for England!

Marc Gilfoyle: Great effort by England. Use this as the fire this summer. Great tournament.

England 55-35 France

England scrum-half Ben Youngs on BBC One: "I don't really know what to say. I'm devastated.

"First of all congratulations to Ireland. From our point of view, we're devastated. We gave it a crack, but you can't let them get back in the game."

Full-time

England 55-35 France

That was England's highest ever score against France, and France's total was only the second time in the Six Nations a team has scored 30 points or more and lost. Great scenes at Murrayfield as Ireland's players take to the field to a rapturous reception from those Irish fans that stayed to watch on the big screen.

Here's some food for thought - if Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg had touched that try down, as he should have, at the fag end of the game at Murrayfield, it would have been England's title...

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Felicity Baines: I've never been so stressed in all my life...

Rhys Oates: What a great Six Nations this has been.

Alex Howells: This is mental and gripping in equal measure!

Eddie Butler

BBC Sport rugby union commentator

"An extraordinary game here. The title, after a colossal game between and England and France, is going to Ireland. But what a game it has been."

Brian Moore

Former England hooker on BBC One

Chris Robshaw looks dejected
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"England will feel desolate. There is very little to choose between the top three teams on any given day."

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England 55-35 France

What a game of rugby, what a day of rugby, it's been truly astonishing to be honest. Ireland win successive titles outright for the first time since 1949, England finish second, beating Wales on points difference by four. Well done Ireland, they were magnificent today. I'd love to be a fly on the wall wherever Paul O'Connell and his boys are at the moment...

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Full-time

England 55-35 France

... that's that - IRELAND HAVE WON THE SIX NATIONS TITLE

England 55-35 France

England secure ball, Robshaw calls in the backs... England keep coming, but it's gone to ground... into overtime... penalty to France, it's Ireland's title... France are running it from under their own posts!

England 55-35 France

Brian Moore names Ben Youngs his man of the match, and why not indeed, the England scrum-half scored two tries and was the livest wire amongst a whole jumble of very live wires today. England penalty, Ford finds the corner, England line-out six metres out...

England 55-35 France

... England secure ball and roll a maul. Ball goes right, Brown forced to take a ball above his head... England go right again, Brookes is brought to a shuddering halt... England come back left, Cipirani is hauled into touch... quick line-out, no idea why, French fumble, but they secure the put-in... it doesn't get any better than this...

England 55-35 France

One more converted try for England would clinch the title, but here comes Kockott with a dart... penalty to England, players off their feet, this is tremendously stirring stuff. Ford kicks to the French 10m line, England line-out...

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Howard Horner: Is there a better official in world sport than Nigel Owens? Helps run the game superbly, doesn't allow anyone to question him.

Michael Devlin: I'm an Irishman sitting in Cleveland, Ohio, unable to watch this. Am I missing the greatest game ever?

Michael Bairstow: That is why Youngs should never play for England. What he does in the loose does not make up for bad lineout throwing.

Try

England 55-35 France (Nowell, con. Ford)

England have space out right, Joseph probably should have shifted it but got white-line fever instead. England, by the way, have matched their highest points total against France, set in 2001. Nowell is in for another try... great line by Ford, little delay, great finish by the Exeter man. Ford kicks the conversion, England lead by 20, need to win by 26...

England 48-35 France

Former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll: This is not good for the ticker.

Sale and England wing Mark Cueto: Regardless of who wins the Six Nations - today shows what a change in mindset can do for northern hemisphere rugby!! Congrats to all players!! #triestriestries

Welsh 400m hurdler Dai Greene: Imagine if rugby was like this all the time.

England 48-35 France

Tremendous, my moment of the day - England captain Robshaw contests Nigel Owens's decision and gets an exasperated "CHRISTOPHER!" for his efforts. Thus scolded, Robshaw scurries off to the naughty step. Time running out for England, they lead by 13 and need to win by 26...

England 48-35 France

England lose a line-out and France are able to get their mitts on the ball. Kockott with the box kick, Nowell underneath it. For those without a television or radio, I should stress that I have not gone rogue, all this stuff I'm writing is actually happening... England go left, Burrell with some sleight of hand back inside... Joseph gets hit big, coughs it up, French scrum...

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Jerome Walcott: Has anyone noticed how ridiculous this scoreline is?

Scott Sellers: What a game of rugby this is. What a day of rugby this has been! Should force teams to win by set margins every game!

Mike Martin: Hands up everyone who thought 'well, the England game's BOUND to be rubbish after the Ireland and Wales matches'.

England 48-35 France

Plisson missed the conversion, if indeed he is still on the pitch. Yep, it was he. England lead by 13 and they need to win by 26 to claim the title...

Try

England 48-35 France (Kayser)

Some doubt as to whether Vunipola had full control of the ball there, but never mind. France coming now and it's a try... that's try number 11, and it was replacement hooker Kayser who did the damage. Haskell is back in from the cold, and England will need him for this last 10 minutes... scratch that, he's been replaced by Wood, Parling replaced by Easter...

England 48-30 France

Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care: One of the best games I've seen in a long time! Would love to be out there! Ben Youngs on fire, son.

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Try

England 48-30 France (Vunipola, con. Ford)

Billy Vunipola scores a try
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Watson has left the stage, Brown is moved to the wing, Cipriani is playing I'm not sure where. I'll get back to you. England attacking, inches short from the French try-line... Youngs tries to climb over French defenders but it's Vunipola who scores... Ford kicks the extras, England lead by 18, need to win by 26 to deny Ireland the title... you have to say this is magnificent...

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Sam Jackson: Vintage James Haskell there. A throwback to the bad old days. Silly.

Ian: Lack of discipline stupid by Haskell. Left ref no choice. Again TMO ensured right decision.

Mark Cooling: Nice one Haskell, sheer stupidity might cost the title...