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Nasty tip tackle results in a double red card in France vs England U20's match

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A match at the U20 Six Nations between France and England on Friday was marred by a double red-card incident in the final minutes of the match. It made for a controversial ending to an otherwise gripping match that saw England defeat France 22-6.

The incident came in the dying minutes of the game when lock Pierre-Henri Azagoh and prop Hassane Kolingar both saw red for a dangerous 'tip' tackle on England's centre Fraser Dingwall.

As you can see further down the page, the two Frenchmen, who had both come on as substitutes lifted the centre off the ground as he was heading over a ruck, before throwing him headfirst into the ground.

The nasty tackle immediately set off a skirmish with the English players showing their displeasure towards the illegal challenge.

Unsurprisingly, the two French players were shown straight reds and the hosts ended up finishing the match with 13 men.

The match itself was action-packed as the two nations traded penalties early on in the game.

The first lead of the match actually belonged to France through a Romain Ntamack penalty. England was pegged back in their own half but battled bravely to prevent the French from scoring a try.

English skipper Ben Earl made a breakthrough in the French midfield that resulted in a Cameron Redpath try which was successfully converted by Tom Hardwick giving England a 10-3 half-time lead.

Watch: Pierre-Henri Azagoh and Hassane Kolingar team up for dangerous tackle

The second half saw England soak up more pressure from France as first-half hero Ben Earl was binned for collapsing the maul. However, the hosts could not fully take advantage as they only added to the scoreline through the boot of Ntamack from a penalty in the 66th minute.

After Earl returned to the action, Hardwick restored their ten point advantage, before finishing off the Frenchmen with two more late penalties from the double red card incident.


The victory was well needed after England lost to Scotland in round three of the tournament, and ended a previously undefeated France team's hopes of a grand slam.

It puts England level with France at the top of the table heading into their final match against Ireland at the Ricoh Arena, keeping their title hopes very much alive.

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