Six Nations

As it happened

By James Standley - BBC Sport

In summary

  • Result: England women 20-30 France women
  • Result: England 23-13 France
  • Tuilagi over in the left corner for England
  • Fofana scores stunning solo try for France
  • Result: Italy 9-26 Wales
  • Wales tries: J Davies, Cuthbert
  • Ireland women clinch Triple Crown

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    Sated now? Me too. I couldn't face the merest morsel, even a Sevens game would see me go the way of Mr Creosote.

    What a day it's been though, with Wales far too good for Italy in rain-lashed Rome and England surviving a first-half onslaught from France to keep their Grand Slam hopes firmly alive.

    Tomorrow we've got the Celtic clash between Scotland and Ireland, with Scottish full-back Stuart Hogg looking to continue both his fine run of form and knack of scoring spectacular long-range tries.

    Turns out he's related to George Best - you can read Ben Dirs's interview with the young Scottish full-back by clicking here, and check back later for more insight from Rome and Twickenham from Messrs Bryn Palmer and Tom Fordyce.

    You can also catch up with the match highlights on the website: Click here for Wales' win over Italy or here for England's thriller against France.

    I'm off for an ice bath and intensive rehydration. If you've made it through all three games, sensational work, and see you tomorrow for another chapter in this enthralling 2013 Six Nations.

  2. England captain Sarah Hunter on BBC Red Button: "It was tough out there. France are a very physical side and they played some great stuff. It was not the result, or performance, we wanted. We did play some good rugby but we left it too late to come back at them.

    "We've not become a bad team overnight but we do have to go back to the drawing board and regroup for our game against Italy.

    "It's devastating we're not going to win the title this year. To win Six Nations you have to be at top of your game and we haven't been."

  3. HALF-TIME England 20-30 France

    It's all over, England suffer their first ever loss in 10 matches at Twickenham. It's been an entertaining finale to a big afternoon of rugby, and although England lost, I think it's safe to say the women's game has been a big winner after an entertaining encounter.

  4. 79 mins
    England 20-30 France

    England are refusing to lie down and Mclean puts Abigail Chamberlain through a gap. The centre makes 40m but cannot find her support. France turn it over but England are awarded a penalty and will get the chance for the last word.

  5. 76 mins
    TRY (Gallagher, Reed con) England 20-30 France

    The hosts hit back with a cracking try of their own. Debutant Emily Scott is hauled down by Lagdanous after a 30m run, but England recycle and Saracens flanker Gallagher crashes over under the sticks.

  6. 75 mins
    TRY (Lagdanous) England 13-30 France

    No matter though as France go straight back on the attack and a cute little pass from second row Marine De Nadai gives Caroline Ladagnous the chance to scorch over in the right corner. Lovely finish that.

  7. 72 mins
    MISSED PENALTY (Tremouliere) England 13-25 France

    England dominate France at a scrum, but when they try to run from their own 22 the whistle blows and the visitors will have a simple kick to extend their lead, but replacement flu-half Jessy Tremouliere can't hit the target.

  8. England scrum-half Ben Youngs, who is watching from the Twickenham sidelines, on BBC Red Button: "England are slowly getting themselves back into the game. Obviously France are two tries ahead but we scored that penalty and hopefully the momentum can swing our way with one of their players in the bin."

    You can watch all the action from Twickenham on the Red Button or through the video at the top of this page.

  9. 68 mins
    PENALTY (Reed) England 13-25 France

    England finally get reward for their efforts as Reed lands a penalty, and the French suffer a major blow as the influential N'Diaye is sin-binned for going off her feet at a ruck.

  10. 65 mins
    England 10-25 France

    McLean makes another good break, she's made a real difference. England go wide and the lively Tuson produces a big hand-off as she gets within a yard before being hauled down. England recycle and Hunter tries to drive over, but the ball gets buried.

    It will be an England scrum but the ball is knocked on yet again and France escape.

  11. 62 mins
    England 10-25 France

    England are enjoying some concerted pressure as they string the phases together deep in French territory. But then they lose possession in the turnover and France counter. Huge frustration for the Red Rose as a golden chance goes begging.

  12. Former Wales international Non Evans on BBC Red Button: "England need to score and score quickly if they are to get back into this match."

    You can watch all the action from Twickenham on the Red Button or through the video at the top of this page.

  13. 58 mins
    England 10-25 France

    England have brought on a new front row and it pays dividends as they win a penalty at a scrum. McLean shows her class with a dummy and incisive break before setting Wilson free inside the French 22 with a neat offload out the back. But France flood back and manage to turn over possession at the ruck.

  14. 54 mins
    England 10-25 France

    Some of the England men's team are watching from the tunnel, drinks in hand. Given the ferocity of some of the breakdown work out there, I'm guessing they're glad to be in their DJs rather than having to mix it with the impressive French back row.

  15. 50 mins
    England 10-25 France

    England wing Tuson makes a fine break down the left wing but she throws a blind pass and France get a line-out inside their 22.

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    England scrum-half Amy Turner, at Twickenham:

    "The French have come out for the second half with real intent. They want to take the game to England. It's clever tactics by the French coaches to utilise their bigger size on England, which has resulted in a 15 point gap now."

  17. 45 mins
    TRY (Chobet, Agricole con) England 10-25 France

    Diallo wins the latest in a series of line-outs - she's totally dominant in that phase of the game. France spin it, recycle, and prop Christelle Chobet is unstoppable from short range. Agricole's feet are in better working order than her hands and she lands a good conversion.

  18. 44 mins
    England 10-18 France

    France start the half with a sweeping, multi-phase attack in which N'Diaye features prominently, but it breaks down as blind-side Coumba Tombe Diallo gets in the way. The France six immediately redeems herself by stealing an England line-out, only for Les Blues fly-half Agricole to knock-on. Cold hands out there I'd wager.

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    The French look pretty fired up as they huddle before the restart - they have no intention of letting this slip. England have brought on regular fly-half Katy McLean for the second half.

  20. England coach Gary Street on BBC Red Button: "We have got to cut out our errors. We have got some young players out there and Twickenham is a huge occasion for them. We have to control the ball better, go forward and get some width. It's still there for the taking."

  21. Former England lock Jenny Sutton on BBC Red Button: "It's been a good game of rugby but unfortunately not so great for England. The France forwards got the ascendency straight away and are winning the set pieces.

    "England are OK in the scrum, where they are heavily outweighed. They are holding their own. But the lineout is not going well."

    You can watch all the action from Twickenham on the Red Button or through the video at the top of this page.

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    England scrum-half Amy Turner, at Twickenham:

    "I don't think England need to be disappointed going back down the tunnel to the changing room. But they do need to get the ball in hand, and make France make tackles to tire them out. We have an abundance of new players in the side but the unit needs to stick together and settle it down by playing short balls. If I was coach Gary Street, I would say 'let's not force it too much, and have a bit more composure'. It seems all a bit forced right now."

  23. HALF-TIME England 10-18 France

    England are way below strength because of their focus on sevens this season, but they are not helping their chances with an error-strewn performance at Twickenham.

    France are getting the upper hand up front and look more fluid when they go wide, and this game looks theirs for the taking.


    Philip Foster: (external) "Hmm, very poor decision by the TMO for the French try there. No chance you could guarantee that ball was grounded."

    Let us know your thought on England Women's game against France by using the #bbcsixnations hashtag on Twitter.

  25. 40 mins
    England 10-18 France

    Final chance for England this half, they have a line-out just inside French territory. But the hosts knock it on, the latest in a series of mistakes from them, and that will be that for the opening period.

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    England scrum-half Amy Turner, at Twickenham:

    "That was a really good effort by Amber Reed. She tried her best to stop the try."

  27. 35 mins
    TRY (N'Diaye, Agricole missed con) England 10-18 France

    Big France number eight Safi N'Diaye smashes her way over - but Reed and Wilson combine to try and prevent her getting the ball down. We've gone to the TMO... and it's a try.

  28. Former Wales international Non Evans on BBC Red Button: "It was a lovely kick for the France try but a very lucky bounce. It was a great chase by France and they reminded me of the France men's team who chase everything."

    You can watch all the action from Twickenham on the Red Button or through the video at the top of this page.

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    England scrum-half Amy Turner, at Twickenham:

    "Good decision by Sarah Hunter. At this stage of the game, so close to half-time, it's important to get points on the board."