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Live Reporting

Mike Henson

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  1. Tomorrow

    England v Italy (Sun, 15:00 GMT)

    Owen Farrell and Eddie Jones

    That is tomorrow's business then.

    Eddie Jones has told his England players that he wants them to take Italy "to the cleaners".

    Can the Azzurri turn it into something a lot messier for England?

    We find out from 15:00 GMT.

    See you there.

  2. Ireland lead the way (for now)

    Ireland 19-9 France

    Six Nations

    Here's what that Ireland win means in the grand scheme of things: they go top.

    One, however, would suspect not for long. England will move back above Ireland and Scotland with a win against Italy at Twickenham tomorrow. Anyone not backing a home win?

  3. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 France

    Richard Petrie - BBC Sport's man in the Aviva Stadium - has filed his report on Ireland's win.

    Joe Schmidt's side capitalised on the errors and indiscipline of their opponents. It was not the most stylish win - Garry Ringrose's occasional bursts aside - but the big W is all that matters.

  4. 'A win and nothing else would do'

    FT: Ireland 19-9 France

    Conor Murray

    Conor Murray speaking on ITV:

    "We had a few chances on our line and didn't manage to convert, but with the way the weather was it was always going to be difficult.

    "It's a win on the cards and we're still in the hunt for this Championship. 70 minutes for Sexton will put him in good stead for games against the Welsh and English.

    "A win against the French is always a good one. A win and nothing else would do."

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    Ireland 19-9 France

    Job done for the Irish. And here's how they dominated the battle in snazzy graphical form...

    Ireland v France

    The Irish handled almost two-thirds of the ball, enabling them to play nearly 75% of the match in the French half.

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    Ireland 19-9 France

    Reggie Corrigan

    Former Ireland prop on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Johnny Sexton

    The question before was could Johnny Sexton come into the side and perform. 

    Ireland were very reliant on him and he delivered. But later on, the big plus was Paddy Jackson coming on and seeing the game out.

    For me, Sexton needs to lead the way for the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand later this year.

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    Ireland 19-9 France

    Tony Ward

    Former Ireland and Lions fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    I think it was a deserved win for Ireland. A workman-like performance. 

    O'Brien charge
  8. Full-time

    Ireland 19-9 France

    Last year, Ireland came off second-best in a grind-fest at the Stade de France.

    This was not a lot prettier, but they got the job done and keep the wagon rolling towards a final-day showdown with England.

    Before that there is a trip to Wales in a fortnight's time.

    Ireland react
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    Ireland 19-9 France

    Tony Ward

    Former Ireland and Lions fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    That was a really clever kick by Zebo which forced France to get the ball into touch. 

    The game is won, but can Ireland claim another try? 

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    Ireland 19-9 France

    Ireland are pulling the legs off this France side.

    Simon Zebo prods a kick into the France 22m. Remi Lamerat has to dribble it into touch.

    "Last play," says referee Nigel Owens as the clock goes red.

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    Ireland 19-9 France

    Here's why Johnny Sexton is so important to Ireland. Not only has the returning fly-half booted 11 points for the home side, but he has also made more metres than any other player on the pitch. And he's been off it for about 10 minutes...

    Johnny Sexton
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    Ireland 19-9 France

    Darren Cave

    Ulster and Ireland centre on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Paddy Jackson knows that Joe Schmidt trusts him, so the decision to take off Johnny Sexton - who we know is carrying a few knocks - is a good one.

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    Ireland 19-9 France

    Robbie Henshaw with a raking kick downfield forces Remi Lamerat onto the back foot.

    Lamerat returns fire, but Ireland are inching upfield with percentage rugby.

    Another green penalty, just inside the France half.

    Paddy Jackson takes his time as he punts into the France 22m.

    Off comes Conor Murray - named man of the match as he goes - and on comes Kieran Marmion.

  14. Penalty - Ireland 19-9 France

    Paddy Jackson

    That is surely that.

    Paddy Jackson flips over the kick to deliver a gut-punch to France's hopes.

    Jackson penalty
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    Ireland 16-9 France

    Penalty Ireland!

    France fail to roll away and Paddy Jackson, on in place of Johnny Sexton, has a simple kick to prod Ireland over the horizon and out of sight...

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    Ireland 16-9 France

    A good deep kick-off, combined with a whole hearted chase pin France and Louis Picamoles down in their own corner.

    Camille Lopez boots clear, but only to his own 22m.

    Ireland line-out.

  17. Penalty - Ireland 16-9 France

    Camille Lopez

    Seven points difference, seven minutes left.

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    Ireland 16-6 France

    Devin Toner gives away the penalty with a blatant off-the-ball shoulder charge on Julien Ledevedec.

    France's Camille Lopez is lining up the shot at goal...

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    Ireland 16-6 France

    France with possession on the Ireland 22m.

    Can they pick the lock? They need a bit of razzle-dazzle from Gael Fickou or Noar Nakaitaci.