Six Nations: England crowned Six nations champions after Ireland stumble in France


England can celebrate their 29th Six Nations crown following their victory over Italy earlier in the afternoon and Ireland's loss to France in Paris this evening.

Ireland had thrown down the gauntlet a week prior by routing Italy 50-17, but England came out firing at the Stadio Olimpico and outdid Italy by a comfortable scoreline of 34-5, putting all the pressure back onto Ireland. 

England's victory was also the 100th cap for scrumhalf Ben Youngs, who became the country's second-highest all-time appearance maker, marking the occasion by crossing the whitewash twice, both of which were converted by captain Owen Farrell. 

Ireland went into the match at the Stade de France with history against them, having only outdone their French hosts three times in their last 10 meetings in the capital.

The Irish needed to win by a score of seven or more, or to score four or more tries for the bonus point to take the championship.

Unfortunately for the men in green, it was one traffic from the outset.

After a tricky first half that included a yellow card and a penalty try, Ireland had it all to do, trailing 17-13.

A massive second half was needed if they were to claim glory in Paris.

But it was to be much of the same for the visitors in the second stanza, who, despite a valiant rally midway through the half,  eventually fell foul of a 35-27 defeat, handing the title to England, after it spent a year with the Welsh. 

Ironically, it was France who denied England what would've been their 14th Grand Slam title, after the side beat England 24-7 during the opening round of fixtures of the tournament in February. 

It was a thrilling conclusion to a Six Nations tournament that had been given pause for several months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the break will be short-lived, with the 2021 tournament still scheduled to begin in early February.

For now though, England can celebrate an incredible win. Congrats to Eddie Jones and his men! 

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