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  1. Result: France 17-12 England
  2. France win the Women's Six Nations
  3. England miss out on a Grand Slam
  4. England tries from Thompson and Taylor
  5. Mignot (2) and Forlani score tries for France

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By Chris Osborne

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FT: France 17-12 England

So, both teams finish up on eight points in the table, but France's far superior points difference of 78 to England's 47 means they have secured their fifth ever Six Nations title.

Incidentally, this is only the third time in the 21 years of the competition that the champions have not completed a Grand Slam.

From England's point of view, they can be proud of their fight tonight.

But is it an omen ahead of the men's tilt at the Grand Slam in Paris tomorrow? Gulp.

Sleep well, and join us tomorrow for some cracking coverage of the Six Nations climax.

France win the Women's Six Nations

France 17-12 England

There are tears in the eyes of the England women too, but for very different reasons.

Sarah Hunter is marching around her troops, lifting them off the floor. England were just outgunned by a beastly French pack.

France win the Women's Six Nations

FT: France 17-12 England

Just complete and utter confusion at the end there.

England thought they had enough time to kick to the corner. They were told they didn't.

The French women have tears of joy - their inspirational skipper Gaelle Mignot is an emotional wreck. She was tremendous tonight.

Her side have won the title on points difference.


France 17-12 England

France win the turnover and boot it into the stand!

France 17-12 England

Lauren Cattell spins past one tackle and then wins a penalty.

There's confusion as the referee says time is up, despite the TV clock saying there is two minutes remaining.

So they take a quick tap...

77 mins

France 17-12 England

But the ball is in English hands. Three minutes to save the Grand Slam...

France 17-12 England

French skipper Gaelle Mignot is a beast. She looks like she has cramp and is heading to the bench, but changes her mind and instead decides to throw a line-out.

France 17-12 England

So frustrating for England. They go through the phases and look confident, but with Vickii Cornborough going into the tackle, the referee says England players were going in off their feet.

France 17-12 England

France, for all their power, have been awful at the breakdown. They concede a scrum in their own 22 and England get another lifeline.

France 17-12 England

The line-out comes down to Amy Cokayne but she's bundled into touch. Chance gone.

France 17-12 England

Credit to England. They're getting battered up front but win a handy penalty on the French 22.

France 17-12 England

England need composure. They need to regroup. They need some monster forwards.

Try (Gaelle Mignot, missed con Camile Cabalou)

France 17-12 England

You fear this might be the killer blow. The French forwards are able to drive the maul forward at will and skipper Gaelle Mignot splinters off for her second try.

Camile Cabalou has re-found her shanking touch, though, and misses the conversion by a country mile.

France 12-12 England

It's relentless from France at the moment.

England make it easy with a kick straight into French hands and Elodie Poublan's offload has Camile Cabalou tearing down the right.

Pauline Bourdon chases her own grubber but France will take a line-out.

France 12-12 England

Huge moment. France make a mess of the scrum and despite having it at their feet, kick it straight into English hands. Pressure released.

France 12-12 England

These sides are like heavyweight boxers in the 12th round now. Just pummelling blows on to each other.

France almost go over from a catch and drive but England cling on. French scrum now.

Try (Tamara Taylor, missed con Amber Reed)

France 12-12 England

I actually have no idea who's scored this. Sarah Hunter takes it from the maul and is there or there abouts, she may even touch it down at the same time as Ceri Large. Or even Tamara Taylor.

England fans won't care, they have a try from a period where they've been battered.

The French wanted it to go to the TMO - no joy there.

Amber Reed's conversion agonisingly hits the post.

France 12-7 England

Amber Reed

France concede a penalty on halfway and Amber Reed can kick to the corner to give England some breathing room.

France 12-7 England

England are at risk of being blown away here - the French pack is looking monstrous. This is a key 10 minutes.

Try (Audrey Forlani, con Cabalou)

France 12-7 England

This seemed inevitable.

The maul from the line-out gets travelling and then a splinter maul confuses almost everyone. Audrey Forlani still has it in the original huddle and spins off to go over.

You can tell the tide is turning because Camile Cabalou has finally put a kick through the posts. This was probably her toughest of the night.

France 5-7 England

France are attacking waves and England are rattled. Camile Imart puts a lovely penalty to the corner - more defending needed from England now.

France 5-7 England

Incredible resolve from England here.

Pauline Bourdon snipes into a gap and into the 22. France get a maul going and it looks unstoppable - but England just about hold it up. Camile Imart looks for a cross-field kick but it's just too long.

France 5-7 England

England survive, as France hold on at the breakdown.

France 5-7 England

France are looking slippery now.

Laura Delas storms up from full-back and, I think she misses her intended target with a loose pass, but it falls into the hands of Gaelle Mignot, but the skipper's throw back the way it came is touched out for a French line-out.

Missed penalty (Camile Cabalou)

France 5-7 England

The pace of this match has been pretty relentless. 

First it's Laetitia Grand flying forward and now Audrey Forlani, both crashing into English tackles. England have to concede the penalty and Camile Cabalou's miserable night from the tee continues. It's slightly right of centre but the kick smacks the post. I'm sure the upright was shaking with laughter at that one - not very good at all.

France 5-7 England

Here's a quirk for you.

England have Ceri Large and France have Laetitia Grand.

Big v big.

I mean, I found it interesting...

France 5-7 England

Katie Mason sniffs a gap down the left but Elodie Poublan is equal to the full-back and drags her out of touch.


France 5-7 England

England battle for possession

Forty minutes to decide the Six Nations title.

Ceri Large puts boot to ball and it's back on.

T'other Six Nations


Of course the other Six Nations comes to a close tomorrow... and there's still much at stake for England. A Grand Slam on the line.

Eddie Jones can make an immediate impression with England if his players can secure a Grand Slam with victory against France in Paris (Saturday, 19 March, 20:00 GMT)

However, history is not on his side, as some pretty impressive predecessors have been unable to seal the deal.

Find out more by reading here.

In case you want more rugby tonight - although I can't see why this wouldn't be enough - there's Premiership action on the go.

Bath are leading Newcastle 12-7. Keep across it right here.

HT: France 5-7 England

H-T FRANCE 5 - 7 ENG WOMEN. It's tight & it's tense & it's also half-time at Stade de la Rabine where England have a slender two-point lead.

HT: France 5-7 England

So, this Six Nations title decider is likely to go to the wire.

Not great for the old nerves, that's for sure.

Might make myself a Friday night cup of cocoa to settle me down. There ain't no party like a cocoa party.


France 5-7 England

Bit of a shot to the solar plexus there for England, right at the end of the half.

They'll be disappointed they didn't hold off that maul - it didn't look the most penetrating drive to grace a rugby field.

Try (Gaelle Mignot, missed con Camile Cabalou)

France 5-7 England

France try

The maul from this scrum is as messy as you like. But, somehow, among the chaos, skipper Gaelle Mignot goes over and there's no decision to be made about this one.

Camile Cabalou's boot fails her again from the tee.

No try

France 0-7 England

"No try," comes the call. It was impossible to tell in all honesty.

French scrum though - they still might take something.

Try review

France 0-7 England

France get a maul steaming and Safi N'Diaye is in the middle of it as it crosses the line.

Was she held up?

The TMO will make a decision.

France 0-7 England

France are sniping into the breakdown with venom and force Emma Corker into not releasing.

They build a swift attack but Elodie Publan's attempted kick through is out for an England line-out.

France 0-7 England

And all this has the French rattled as Laura Delas puts it out on the full. Attacking line-out for England.

France 0-7 England

England have found their swagger now.

France infringe in opposition territory and England skipper Sarah Hunter opts for a scrum. She fancies the power of her girls over the French.

Try (Lydia Thompson, con Amber Reed)

France 0-7 England

England celebrate

This is either wonderful finishing from Lydia Thompson or miserable defending from France.

Sarah Hunter supplies the winger from the scrum, and Thompson goes through one, two, three and four tackles to plough over in the corner.

To top it off Amber Reed lands a tricky conversion.