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Mar 21, 2015

France finally spark but leak tries to finish fourth again

LONDON (Reuters) – France coach Philippe Saint-Andre cut a frustrated figure after his team finished in the bottom half of the Six Nations standings on Saturday for the fourth year in a row.

A 55-35 defeat by England at Twickenham was the third of another wretched campaign in which they also lost to Wales and Ireland to finish fourth.

Mar 21, 2015

Rugby-France finally spark but leak tries to finish fourth again

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – France coach Philippe Saint-Andre cut a frustrated figure after his team finished in the bottom half of the Six Nations standings on Saturday for the fourth year in a row.

A 55-35 defeat by England at Twickenham was the third of another wretched campaign in which they also lost to Wales and Ireland to finish fourth.

Mar 21, 2015

Lancaster proud but disappointed by huge win

LONDON (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster, like most of the 82,000 Twickenham crowd, was torn between admiration and desolation after watching England score seven tries and record 55 points against France but also concede 35 to ruin their Six Nations title hopes.

Needing to win by 26 points to overhaul Ireland in the third game of a Six Nations finale that more than lived up to its “Super Saturday” billing, England won by 20, not quite enough but still a remarkable victory that left them second for the fourth successive season.

Mar 21, 2015

Rugby-Lancaster proud but disappointed by huge win

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster, like most of the 82,000 Twickenham crowd, was torn between admiration and desolation after watching England score seven tries and record 55 points against France but also concede 35 to ruin their Six Nations title hopes.

Needing to win by 26 points to overhaul Ireland in the third game of a Six Nations finale that more than lived up to its “Super Saturday” billing, England won by 20, not quite enough but still a remarkable victory that left them second for the fourth successive season.

Mar 21, 2015

Rugby-England agony as they hammer France but miss out on title

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – England won an extraordinary battle but agonisingly lost the war as they beat France by a record 55-35 in an extraodrinary Six Nations finale on Saturday but came up short of the 26-point victory they needed to deny Ireland a second successive title.

After 80 unforgettable minutes, England were hammering the French line in search of one more converted try that would have given them the championship but could not quite complete the job in one of the most remarkable tests ever seen at Twickenham.

Mar 21, 2015

England hammer France but miss out on title

LONDON (Reuters) – England won an extraordinary battle but agonisingly lost the war as they beat France by a record 55-35 score in a 12-try Six Nations finale on Saturday but came up short of the 26-point victory they needed to deny Ireland a second successive title.

England’s hopes of a first Six nations title since 2011 were rocked in a five-minute spell in the first half when France scored two tries by Sebastien Tillous-Bord and Noa Nakaitaci to turn a 7-3 deficit into a 15-7 lead after Ben Youngs had crossed for a try after two minutes.

Mar 21, 2015

Rugby-England hammer France but miss out on title

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – England won an extraordinary battle but agonisingly lost the war as they beat France by a record 55-35 score in a 12-try Six Nations finale on Saturday but came up short of the 26-point victory they needed to deny Ireland a second successive title.

England’s hopes of a first Six nations title since 2011 were rocked in a five-minute spell in the first half when France scored two tries by Sebastien Tillous-Bord and Noa Nakaitaci to turn a 7-3 deficit into a 15-7 lead after Ben Youngs had crossed for a try after two minutes.

Mar 20, 2015

Patience, and defence, key as England seek big win

LONDON (Reuters) – When England went into their final fixture of the 2014 Six Nations needing a 50-plus point win over Italy to have a chance of the title it looked a forlorn hope when they led only 10-6 after almost half an hour.

However, as Italy tired, England poured on the pressure, eventually running in seven tries for a 52-11 victory.

Mar 19, 2015

Parling to start for England against France

LONDON (Reuters) – Geoff Parling confirmed his position as the player coaches just cannot do without when the lock was recalled on Thursday in place of Dave Attwood for England’s final Six Nations clash against France on Saturday.

Attwood had started England’s last eight games but, with Courtney Lawes retaining his place after a strong return to the fold last week, he did not even make the bench for the Twickenham clash as 36-year-old Nick Easter was recalled to cover back and second rows.

Mar 19, 2015

Rugby union-Parling to start for England against France

LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – Geoff Parling confirmed his position as the player coaches just cannot do without when the lock was recalled on Thursday in place of Dave Attwood for England’s final Six Nations clash against France on Saturday.

Attwood had started England’s last eight games but, with Courtney Lawes retaining his place after a strong return to the fold last week, he did not even make the bench for the Twickenham clash as 36-year-old Nick Easter was recalled to cover back and second rows.

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