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France beat England 22-16 in Six Nations

Maxime Machenaud steered France to a dour 22-16 victory over England on Saturday, a result that saw Ireland crowned Six Nations champions.

France’s centre Gael Fickou (L) runs with the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and England at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on March 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO

England went into the game knowing that only a bonus-point victory would prevent the Irish, with four wins from four after an earlier 28-8 triumph over Scotland, winning the championship.

The game at the Stade de France was 9-9 at half-time as penalties from Owen Farrell (2) and Elliot Daly were cancelled out by Machenaud.

France were awarded a penalty try early in the second-half, a converted Jonny May try for England making for a frenetic finish before Lionel Beauxis landed a late penalty to wrap the game up.



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