France win over United Kingdom hands Ireland title


Ireland are Six Nations champions.

Similar to their problems against Scotland during the previous round of fixtures, England were outgunned at the breakdown as Les Bleus prevailed 22-16 in Paris, a result which ensured Ireland sealed their first Six Nations title since 2015.

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

Speaking in his post-match news conference, Jones said: "The breakdown has definitely become more contestable".

When Wales coach Warren Gatland last named an experimental side, it almost resulted in a shock defeat by second-tier Georgia before his new-look team hung on for a 13-6 home win in November.

"If you don't have power, it's very hard to get momentum". At the same time, there's some players who you haven't seen on the pitch who have worked incredibly hard.

"Credit to the management team to have prepared us so well for each match with so many players missing", said Sexton.

"Every team is fallible and every team has a weakness and certain strengths and, at the moment, teams are outplaying us in certain areas of the game and we have to learn from it". "Why I am not 100% sure". There's no lack of effort.

"We know what we want - we want to win this game". They didn't react to (referee) Nigel Owens' interpretation of the breakdown two weeks ago and then on Saturday they didn't react and adapt.

"It's not a clubs problem, it's our problem".

"The breakdown again caused us trouble". "We haven't been quick enough to adjust to that".

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"It very hard to adapt to worldwide rugby".

The unpalatable fact is that the flaws exploited by an average but physically powerful France team were not ones that were a surprise.

Eddie Jones' side needed a bonus-point win over France to keep their Six Nations title hopes alive after Ireland took maximum points in their 28-8 victory against Scotland.

"It's a personal pride perspective because we probably haven't done what we set out to do and that doesn't sit well".

"Our defence was remarkable". We got a lot of good opportunities which we weren't able to finish, but there's lots to be happy with. "They'll be gunning for us". "We've been criticised a lot, but we never lost faith in the squad", the hooker said.

Through the history of Irish rugby, a Grand Slam has always stood as something extra special.

That decision bore no fruit and Scotland punished their hosts with their first real foray into the Irish half after 12 minutes, when Greig Laidlaw knocked over from the tee for the first points of the match.

Abigail Dow scored England's opening converted try before Tremouliere crossed for an unconverted score just after the half hour mark.

"England today, because they are trying to play so much shape with the out-the-back passes, there isn't a lot of physicality to how they are playing".

They will bid for Grand Slam glory when they face Wales Women in Colwyn Bay on March 16.