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Rugby Special: Final Round

John Inverdale presents highlights and in-depth analysis of the final round of fixtures from the 2017 Six Nations, including Ireland v England, France v Wales and Scotland v Italy.


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Range on England's Grand Slam parade in Dublin, Ireland, the team that

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beat the Euell Black's provedal bridge too far for the England team.

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Did anybody really know what was going on? And a third win in the

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Championship for the first time in decade for Scotland, a fond,

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farewell for Vern Cotter. And we have three lions in their shirts to

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discuss a weekend when maybe the rugby wasn't great but the drama was

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worthy of Sherlock. Jerry Gusmao, Keith Wood and Mike Phillips.

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England went for a second Grand Slam and a record 19th international Vic

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trim it was a red rag to the Irish bull.

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and a record 19th international Vic trim it was a red rag to the Irish

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bull. Well, Eddie Jones' described this as

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a once in a lifetime opportunity for his players. They are in touching

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distance of sporting immortality. Ireland, masters of the ambush as

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they proved against New Zealand in Chicago and famously against England

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here in 2011 and 2001. Two changes to the Irish pack where Iain

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Henderson is include in place of deaf intoner at lock and a late

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change in the back row. Stander switches to number 8 and Peter

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O'Mahoney off the bench. One glaring absentee, where Connor Murray's

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shoulder injury keeps him out. A hugely influential figure. Replaced

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by Marmion. Vunipola returns to the starting

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line-up for Eddie Jones' outfit an effective appearance off the bench

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last week, now deemed fully fit P otherwise the pack is the same.

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Courty Lawes an impress presence against the Scots last week. After

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going off prematurely, Elliott daily has come through the concussion

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protocols to take his place on the left wing, a change on the right

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where a try-scoring performance against Scotland sees Anthony Watson

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nudging out Jack knoll. Cian Healy and scan Scannell should make a

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difference for Ireland. Expect big showing for England from the likes

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of Vunipola and Te'o. Furlong, Haskell flying up, taking him low.

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Still the Irish come. Did he yo. Out of his stride. It's there for Payne

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-- Zebo. Slips through for Daly. Away for Earls and then forward and

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the chance is gone. What a chance it was. They still have the penalty.

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Great intensity. They are coming one out runners, towards the end of t a

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bit fortunate with a half chargedown, Rory Best rolls the dies

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with the reverse pass one-handed. A gentle looserer for Johnny Sexton.

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Ireland on the board. Tails up. Vunipola trying to free up those

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arms. Youngs back. England seemingly going nowhere, so the up and under.

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Again, it may just have gone forwards from Jared Payne. We are

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going back for the penalty anyway. One off day with the boot against

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the Italians for Owen Farrell, otherwise in excellent kicking nick.

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Farrell turns quickly. 26 in the Calcutta Cup a week ago. Three on

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the board now. Marmion Z, ebo. Watson giving him no

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space. O'Brien. England having to dig very deep defensively. They

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scrambled possession but the arm is outstretched. The referee doesn't

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like T off their feet at ruck time. Another Irish penalty. -- doesn't

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like it. . England can't get a solid enough tackle in, in the face of

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sensational clearout work. The Irish are rucking past the ball. England

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not getting a sniff of a turnover. Even the behee moths, like Billy

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Vunipola, they can't get their hands on the ball and then they get

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blasted out of the way by Irish forwards. Vunipola chanced his arm

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there and conceded a penalty. Now the volume levels will be turned up

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inside the Aviva stadium. Rory Best, knowing that this is a golden

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opportunity. It goes to the tail. Again, it is O'Mahoney. Ireland with

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the drive. They're very close. Henderson thinks he's over.

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There was Henderson. There is no debate. There is no debate to be

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had. The try awarded to Ireland and Iain

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Henderson and the first side fire the first shot this afternoon. A

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fifth score in the green of Ireland for Henderson. What a figure blow it

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might prove to be. You have to think Henderson picked pour power, over

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Devin Toner. Vunipola gives away the penalty and the Irish execute

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perfectly. Two more to the tally. Ireland into

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double figures and England with big questions to answer. Nobody said it

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was going to be easy. England are hurting themselves at the moment.

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Conceding penalties. Lack of discipline, Vunipola forced into a

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mistake. And Ireland, a tied Scannell wave of green. -- a tidal

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wave of green. A mess from the Irish line-out

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there, a variety. Haskell sets it up. McGrath comes piling through.

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Advantage here before Dan Cole drops the ball. That was a basic error

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from Jack McGrath, he knows it. Owen Farrah says we'll have a go at the

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post, please d Owen Farrell. Every point precious. Well both teams made

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a number of mistakes in the first half. Ireland have barely made an

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error. They've not given England anything. Even then, when they

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turned it over, they were comfortable in defence. Easily

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spread. McGrath had no need to play that. England haven't won a

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collision really, so far in It is the cleanest of strikes for

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Owen Farrell. And England, despite having been outplayed for so much of

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this match are only four points adrift. Rory Best steaming up and

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Itoje has transgressed here, so Ireland with the advantage. A free

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ball effectively. That's gone forwards from Ringrose. Again the

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penalty count really hurting England.

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Complr Rory Best there, looking for some sort of protection for Sexton,

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who he feels is being significantled out with late hits. He's going to

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have a crack at goal. It is a long, long way out but

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that's a monsterous kick from Johnny Sexton. One of his very best. And

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Ireland's lead is restored. Slow gross here for England.

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Inch-by-inch at the moment. The pennell -- slow progress for

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England. Ireland approaching the maul from

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the side. England will want more than three points from this position

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if they can. They've made a full 15m here,

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England, even if it hasn't been rapid progress. They are within 10

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of the tryline. Farrell a shot to nothing with the advantage, sends it

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high. It's too much for Watson to gather. The penalty stands.

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Farrell, keeping England in touch. For all the Irish dominance, they

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cannot quite shake off the English. Mako Vunipola, driven back hard on

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the tackle. Ireland are so committed today. And

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Ireland failing to roll away. That was one that could have gone either

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way. England the beneficiaries this time. He has let plenty go in the

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breakdowns, let the teams get on with T Ireland dominated that area

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of the game. -- get on with it. Probably the first time, from my

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memory, that England have won a penalty in that area. When you are

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in this position now, he doesn't want to bite off more than you can

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chew, Owen Farrell, he wants it stay calm but if you can get this inside

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the 22, it is a huge game. Niall scan Scannell is coming on -- Niall

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Scannell is coming on. Pressure on the shoulders of Jamie George.

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Possession. Everything - and it's been stolen. Stolen in the lanout.

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-- in the Ianout. Ireland have it and McGrath waits patiently over the

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ball. England might get further chances

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but there won't be too many. McGrath. A nasty one for Watson to

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field. It's gone forward off the fingertips. McGrath gathers. A

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clever kick down that touchline. The whistle has blown already and

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here the intervention of Peter O'Mahoney. Absolutely critical.

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Sinclair clashing into Leavy. Deep into the red. Ford for Launchbury.

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Mako Vunipola, under huge pressure. Ford gathers it in. The green shirts

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swarm. England in trouble. Mako Vunipola is kauchlingt just feverish

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defence from -- is caught. Just feverish defence from the Irish

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side. The knock-on from Mike Brown heralds the end. And Ireland bring

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England crashing, just as they did here six years ago. There'll be no

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slam. There'll be no knew World Record. The English, like the All

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Blacks, undone by an inspirational wall of green.

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Dylan Hartley haunted by the feelings of a similar ceremony six

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years ago, he steps forward to accept the Six Nations trophy. The

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championship is theirs. But bittersweet will not do their

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emotions justice. A first defeat as England captain. A first defeat

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under Eddie Jones are. The record equalling run brought to a

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shuddering halt right a passionate green machine in Dublin.

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We are all disappointed, Ireland played superbly, they deserved to

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win. They shaded us in the line-out and at the breakdown and we

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struggled to get any momentum will stop in the first 20 minutes, we

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build confidence. Twice down the right-hand wing we almost got in

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four tries, that gave us confidence. Ian Henderson was immense. He

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deserved his try. Johnny slotting over a couple of clicks gave us

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enough of a margin to keep believing. We knew it would take a

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big performance. Credit to the boys, especially with the late change just

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before kick-off, with Pete coming in, you have to give credit to our

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boys. Discipline cost us. Ireland executed very well. Against a good

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quality side like that, you can not have poor discipline. Compounding

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errors, losing territory, then executing well. They are a good

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side. We have 12 back-to-back Six Nations, one with a Grand Slam,

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equal world record holders. As I said in the press conference, even

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Don Bradman got a zero. We have to accept we were not good enough

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today, learned from it and move on. Eddie Jones is human after all.

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Italy bringing up the rear by some margin. Another aborted attempt for

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England to try to get a Grand Slam in Dublin. Keith, did Ireland when

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ordered England play below what their potential was? Ireland won it.

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It was a game plan carved out of the ages, a dirty day in Dublin, leek,

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the rain was pouring, and they got a lot right. It stemmed mostly around

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unbelievable line speed. All the space that England had last week

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against Scotland, they had none. England trying to get over the gain

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line. They make a couple of decent stabs, but if you cut how the Irish

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players are rushing up, it is a ten, 12, 13 book, quick up the outside.

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If the ball has the -- if a player has the ball, he only sees green.

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They are looking for another option. 30 metres back from the initial gain

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line and it forces England into a dink over the top, and offside.

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Interesting that New Zealand are gloating, they say, back to square

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one for England, a team in white that can only play to their limited

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capacity. How would you assess the English performance? They had a

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great opportunity. You had to be so ready for this game, and a future

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before when Ben Youngs said it was just another game, it was more than

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that, a massive encounter. The pressure would be huge, away from

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home, they should be used of it, they beat France last season. But

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whilst there was great line speed from the Irish, there were a lot of

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unforced errors. Continuation from last weekend against Scotland, when

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Young's looks up, look at the line of English players, the ball should

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have gone out and confronted them from the off. They were taking it

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easy. This was executed last week against Scotland. The pass was not

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on point. Maro Itoje the almost always get that spot on. No need to

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give the penalties await, no need to go there and direct. You are giving

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momentum back, a lapse of concentration from Courtney Lawes.

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Giving the ball back to Ireland. George Ford is normally so accurate.

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Aspiration. Has not got it on point. It is giving Ireland too much easy

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possession. The first time Watson has the ball in space, he drops it.

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And then Peter O'Mahony gets the ball for Ireland. The line speed was

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good. It ended as it began, Mike Brown making an unforced error. You

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think about New Zealand against Ireland in Dublin eight years ago,

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where they went through those phases. If England want to be as

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good as New Zealand, they have to be capable of doing that and they have

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to be tougher and harder than what they showed yesterday. Did that game

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pan out as you expected? I think so. After the defeat against Wales,

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Ireland were up against it. Everything was at stake for England,

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no way they were going to come out and lose that game. Tremendous in

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attack and events. The line speed was superb. Jonny Sexton kept

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getting up. He kept control and things. They stood up and wore the

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jersey with pride. We will talk about Jonny Sexton, but let's talk

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about Peter O'Mahony first, the man of the match. His performance was

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exceptional, and there were two key moments. He was a nuisance, the most

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aggravating player to play against. He is a harassment. He was picked as

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a third line-out option, unbelievably quick. It is a

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simple... It should have been stopped, but when the pressure comes

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on at the end, it is Peter O'Mahony who is upfront again. He was in the

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heart of everything. So many nuisance items in it, he is awkward.

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But his line-out play, he won five of them, the most of any player, on

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a dreary day. Some of the selection turned out to be great, and a late

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injury for Jamie Heaslip at the last moment, and he came in with no

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purple regime. We will talk about the Lions at the end of the

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programme, but having been on tour three times, he screams midweek

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captain, because his will to win yesterday took the... He was the

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totem pole for the Irish side, and England did not have that player to

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inspire you. Jonny Sexton may be the most brilliant playmaker, but he

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gets involved in so much rough stuff, and England targeted him

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yesterday. At times it was as if that was their only game plan, to

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target him. Maybe they put too much attention until it. Every time he

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got the ball, the focus was to get smashed. Some of them were literate

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it, some of them were a fraction late. He got smashed time after time

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after time. When he did, he got up and kicked penalties and played on.

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He controlled the game after having this bombardment of pressure. He

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kept getting up. The penalty, the long-range penalty, pushed England

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at much further on. I played with him at Racing, he is competitive. He

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reads the game so well. He was superb for Ireland. A lot of columns

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today say England are not as good as they thought. If that an easy

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reaction to one game? It was always going to be the case from some

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corners. If you look at the 18 victories, compare them to New

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Zealand's, in an era where New Zealand and Australia are not great,

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in New Zealand, there was lower tier teams come up there was for England,

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so the only way you can judge is when they play each other, and that

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will be tough, because you will go for the side that plays at home.

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They are very close in terms of ability. In terms of the match that

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is possibly being set up for November, which is a huge cash cow

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for both of the unions, would you like to see it, or would part of you

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like to put it on the back burner try not to fabricate unofficial

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World Cup final? Leave it for the real thing? I do not think it is

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right they have not played against each other. It has been a long time.

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You want to see the best teams against each other. They are not

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going with the record at their back, but they have measured up well.

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England have played some good rugby over the past couple of years, they

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were magnificent last week. They are not as good as last week and not as

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bad as yesterday. Where can they improve? Ben Youngs has been pivotal

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for England, he has created so much for the forwards. The guys running

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off in yesterday were just in ones, and that gave the defence time to

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get up and smash them back. He was a bit off his game yesterday, but he

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has been one of the best number nines in the world. Having that

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variety in the play, and when the forwards are getting the ball, they

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are looking more dangerous. Will England be stronger for that? Yes.

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Quick question, quick answer! That game was supposed to kick off at

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5pm, but it was five minutes late, because they were still playing in

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Paris yesterday, so how do we tell the story of a bizarre afternoon at

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the start of France? Just a solitary try, Remi Lamerat

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wrapped after Camille Lopez's neat chip. Despite only having one

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genuine try scoring opportunity in the match, Leigh Halfpenny's

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brilliance with the boot kept Wales in the game and ultimately F Head by

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five points as the final whistle beckoned. After 79 minutes off not a

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lot, that is when it actually kicked off. The match that will pass into

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folklore. The last play. The French and the 17th was about to be

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substituted by a recognised better scrummager, Rabah Slimani, who had

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been hovering on the touchline. For that to happen, Antonio had to be

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injured. He has already brushed away the doctor. Wayne Barnes was about

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to embark on the longest 20 minutes of his refereeing career.

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I do injured? You are OK? Fine. He is not injured. He has just told me

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he is not injured. Ten seconds left of normal time. But

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this is France's charge. We shall have to pause again. We are into

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overtime, but we shall have the scrum.

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I needed higher and I need the space.

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Higher is good for Wales. It depends whether the French get momentum.

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Once a side gets going forward... He declared itself it, but he is not.

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Rabah Slimani comes back on. The specialist prop. Really! That is an

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amazing coincidence! Do you think he needs a head

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assessment? As a doctor you have said he needs a head assessment?

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I suppose it depends how cynical you are about this. But the doctor said,

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yes, he needs an assessment. Here we go again. Rabah Slimani

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cannot find a way through. No way through the Damien Chouly. Ken and

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get a hand over the ball. France also close to the line and

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still not over. A penalty advantage for France. France will have the

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penalty. Yellow card. It is not the final play. Who is going to be

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binned? Samson Lee, by the looks of it.

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Tomas Francis is having a word. Scott Baldwin is having a practice

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at the scrimmage. The Welsh forwards coach. It has come because you need

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a suitable replacement, he has to be qualified in that position.

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Scrum after scrum, reset after reset, 30 minutes now into added

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time, confusion and pandemonium reigned, and then, if things were

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not grammatical enough... And accusation of a bite by George

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North. Say it again. OK. He said it is the last but one breakdown. There

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is no conclusive footage of the bite, so that will bid got with

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afterwards. The penalty is against Rhys Webb.

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Scannell Five more minutes passed now. More scrums, more resets. Would

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panty try be awarded? Could Wales hold out? How much longer could this

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go on? COMMENTATOR: Off we go again. Dupont. Down goes the scrum. Dupont.

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It's going to be another penalty. France that close now. Cart rows

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tries to disrupt. -- Chartres. Dupont, Slimini. It's another

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advantage, Dupont goes. Dupont. Can't reach out for the line.

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Let go now. Wales have to let go. Dan Biggar goes to the bin for

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kicking the ball on the floor. We heard him there. Biggar is going to

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go to the bin. Dan Biggar is heading for the bin in the 100th minute of

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the game, if France don't score. France over the line. They claim the

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try. And the try by Wayne Barnes is awarded. France have won the game.

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It has been one of the longest games on record. #

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STUDIO: The clock had stopped early, it was well into the 101st minute

:31:43.:31:48.

when Lopes kicked the winning point. Amid you will at mayhem was the

:31:49.:31:53.

image and reputation of the game the biggest loser on Paris, even if, on

:31:54.:31:57.

the day, it was Wales who came off second best? Our boys have given

:31:58.:32:02.

everything. A fantastic Test match. We didn't start too well, behind the

:32:03.:32:05.

score board but the character they have played, they have shown away

:32:06.:32:09.

from home, we've go the back in front and obviously the last --

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we've got back in front and obviously the last 20 minutes of the

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game, the scrum was on the line and whilst player welfare is really

:32:19.:32:21.

important I'm just not too sure in terms of what happened in the last

:32:22.:32:24.

ten minutes was in the actual integrity of the game. Look, we love

:32:25.:32:28.

this game and that's why we're involved but, like I said to John

:32:29.:32:35.

Davies, Six Nations, it's got to be looked at because player welfare, as

:32:36.:32:39.

I said, it is so important but you just question. Are you saying that

:32:40.:32:45.

France cheated because they put Slimini back on, their best

:32:46.:32:50.

scrummager, if you like, when Antonio went off because he was

:32:51.:32:55.

there for the vital scrum? It was about the process and how Slimini

:32:56.:32:58.

came back on. I think if you look at the footage and how that happened, I

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think, you know, there is good enough evidence, we have questioned

:33:03.:33:07.

that and if he has got HIA, that's fine, 100%, but in terms of the

:33:08.:33:11.

process leading up to how he gets back on the field and how they make

:33:12.:33:15.

that change, I think we have to question the integrity of the sport

:33:16.:33:18.

at the moment. I'm sure there's people saying we could have put, or

:33:19.:33:23.

we could have' claimed Tom Francis was injured and gone for a contested

:33:24.:33:28.

scrum. I'm not going to lie, I have been on sides where they have been

:33:29.:33:33.

questioned, you would rather defend than contest a scrum. I think we

:33:34.:33:37.

responded with integrity. And Tom Francis came on because he was fit.

:33:38.:33:41.

We were back, and the tightheads, whoever son the pitch can do a good

:33:42.:33:46.

job. You can have a solid scrum. Eventually they played from it. We

:33:47.:33:49.

got another one in the sin-bin, that's the way the game goes, I'm

:33:50.:33:53.

proud of the way the boys played. Just two wins in the Six Nations'

:33:54.:33:59.

Championship. Fifth in the table. Is that a backward step for Welsh

:34:00.:34:04.

rugby? Well, you know, in terms of the outcome, you know, the first

:34:05.:34:07.

time we finished fifth which is disappointing. I think that over the

:34:08.:34:13.

period of time we've played some good rugby and we've deserved pretty

:34:14.:34:17.

much more from games we played, in particular the England game, second

:34:18.:34:19.

half. And obviously I thought we were deserving of a win today. But

:34:20.:34:24.

that didn't happen. STUDIO: Well I picked up a copy of

:34:25.:34:31.

the paper at the airport this morning and front page headline says

:34:32.:34:38.

"Madness." Who had 20 minutes of 80,000 people baying for red cards,

:34:39.:34:42.

yellow cards, penalty tries and a statement in the last hour or so,

:34:43.:34:46.

from Six Nations' rugby saying they are going to look in the two

:34:47.:34:54.

disciplinary issue, on ate ledged bite they say an independent review

:34:55.:34:57.

will take place and we'll talk about that incident in a second and they

:34:58.:35:01.

have also confirmed they are looking at concerns regarding France's look

:35:02.:35:04.

of a will of that replacement in extra time. Probably the most single

:35:05.:35:09.

absurd time was a guy gets sin-binned in the red zone time zone

:35:10.:35:13.

and he comes back and plays ten more minutes? It was an unedifying

:35:14.:35:18.

spectacle, at least. I was watching the Irish game, I was at the Aviva.

:35:19.:35:22.

I didn't get to see that until this morning. When I heard it on the way

:35:23.:35:27.

home in the car I was just thinking - the clock must have been broken in

:35:28.:35:32.

the stadium. How could you possibly have an extra 20 minutes, it didn't

:35:33.:35:37.

seem to make any sense. What do you make of the morality of the

:35:38.:35:42.

substitution? Well, when I look at what Rob Howley said, I think he was

:35:43.:35:46.

incredibly controlled in how he phrased it and how he looked at it.

:35:47.:35:51.

It is s this bloodgate without the blood? We don't know. We are going

:35:52.:35:54.

to have to see what they come out with, but it looked wrong all the

:35:55.:35:58.

time. We talk about the HIA and we talk about how it is very important

:35:59.:36:03.

to protect the players. There are doubts in relation to it. And, you

:36:04.:36:09.

know, this player, Antonio says he is fine. He is talking. "I'm OK my

:36:10.:36:16.

back is a bit sore but I'm all right for the most part." Actually in this

:36:17.:36:21.

instance, Wayne Barnes is in an incredibly awkward position. I think

:36:22.:36:27.

he does incredibly well. I'm not his biggest fan, at times I find him

:36:28.:36:30.

pernickity. He does this to the letter. The doctor comes on and he

:36:31.:36:36.

says - yes, he has to come offerings the referee can't argue with him. .

:36:37.:36:42.

France covers, by saying - are you saying he is injured and needs to

:36:43.:36:48.

come off? Well, a lot of things go on. There are things that happen

:36:49.:36:53.

sthaud nt, is it common practice that this skulduggery happens in

:36:54.:36:56.

club rugby, never mind international? Well, I played four

:36:57.:37:01.

or five years in France, there was a bit more perhaps over there, bending

:37:02.:37:06.

the rules. I think Welsh fans will be bitterly disappointed. I thought

:37:07.:37:10.

we did enough to win the game and it was a bit of a boring sort of 78

:37:11.:37:14.

minutes and the last 207 minutes went on, dragged on a bit and Wales,

:37:15.:37:20.

we just wanted them to hold on. -- the last 20 minutes. They were very

:37:21.:37:25.

brave. They were fantastic and kept getting the advantage. They'll be

:37:26.:37:32.

bitterly disappointment. We are second from bottom in the lead.

:37:33.:37:37.

Irrespective of that is right, wrong or indifferent, we know there is a

:37:38.:37:41.

hole in the laws where something like that can be exploited. World

:37:42.:37:45.

rugby and the Six Nations rugby have to look at it. Well, from propgate

:37:46.:37:52.

to bitegate we've probably got the best angle of an inconclusive claim

:37:53.:38:02.

from George North. What do we think? Well, Huget hasn't got the best

:38:03.:38:09.

reputation. Why would George North say that, or go to Wayne and someone

:38:10.:38:13.

has bitten him. Someone bit it. Hopefully they do find out the

:38:14.:38:17.

culprit and they can be disciplined in the right way. It's wrong. It has

:38:18.:38:26.

been said he may have done it to himself. That's the wrong attitude.

:38:27.:38:30.

What would ever possess a coach of the opposition side to say that's

:38:31.:38:34.

the sort of person that George North is, to do it to himself. It is

:38:35.:38:38.

totally wrong. Maybe we'll know more tomorrow. Maybe we won't. Last quick

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word about France and Wales and how their campaigns have gone? Keith

:38:43.:38:46.

this, French team? I'm delighted it see France trying to play a little

:38:47.:38:50.

bit more. Even though it was dodgy, yesterday. -- to see France. They

:38:51.:38:57.

have tried to have a bit more flair. The competition is better for it.

:38:58.:39:01.

Wales? Yesterday they weren't quite themselves, a lot of mistake and

:39:02.:39:05.

handling errors. They lost the ball in contact far too many times. It is

:39:06.:39:09.

a disappointing end, having beaten Ireland at home. They were going out

:39:10.:39:13.

there hoping to finish on a behind it didn't quite click. I think there

:39:14.:39:21.

was only one break from Rhys Webb that was pretty much the highlight

:39:22.:39:26.

of the 80 minutes, the 100 minutes, whatever it was. But a lot of

:39:27.:39:29.

individuals have put their hands up for the Lion, but on the whole a

:39:30.:39:34.

disappointing tournament. We will come an to Lies on' selection in a

:39:35.:39:40.

moment or so -- Lions' selection. And that was the first match of the

:39:41.:39:45.

final weekend, at Murrayfield. Scotland bouncing back from their

:39:46.:39:48.

hammering at Twickenham it see off Italy in style.

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COMMENTATOR: Bar lay thumps his way through. Advantage to Scotland.

:39:56.:40:05.

Still Scotland's ball. Still for the forwards. And Ryan Wilson, again,

:40:06.:40:12.

just a meeter or so short. Fagerson this time, can't quite get

:40:13.:40:21.

there. The post is there for Scotland as well. Goes to Gilchrist

:40:22.:40:29.

this time. From a standstill. Rolls his way forward. Alli Price just

:40:30.:40:36.

dragged in for a movement looking to Alex Dunbar this time. And Dunbar

:40:37.:40:40.

tries to step. Power from the centre. Setting it back now, a quick

:40:41.:40:44.

ball for Scotland and it is Russell for the try. And Scotland eventually

:40:45.:40:51.

breach the Italian defences and Finn Russell it is, who scores the hoping

:40:52.:40:56.

try. A great fry Scotland. A lot of the hard work by the forwards.

:40:57.:41:01.

Getting half a yard into the defence. Good decision by Alli Price

:41:02.:41:14.

who goes over for a try. Price delays the pass. Gives it on.

:41:15.:41:19.

Scotland again. Throw their bodies in. Wide it goes now A chance, a

:41:20.:41:25.

chance again for Scotland for Finn Russell and Russell still going.

:41:26.:41:29.

Just short. Trying to get it back, advantage to Scotland. Italy a man

:41:30.:41:32.

down in defence as well. Scotland showing no mercy at the

:41:33.:41:49.

moment. That might be a try for Matt Scott. A really well-worked sky.

:41:50.:41:55.

Price there running hard. Trying to defend. All sorts of problems. You

:41:56.:42:00.

know you have the penalty there. And you have to follow up. Hogg will

:42:01.:42:06.

claim the assist. But Price there in the right place at the right time.

:42:07.:42:10.

Italy desperately searching for something to lift them at the start

:42:11.:42:13.

of this second half. Still just short. Carried in there. Advantage

:42:14.:42:24.

again to Italy. There may be a card coming here. Still they throw

:42:25.:42:30.

themselves at the Scottish line Gori. A chance for the backs. Men

:42:31.:42:35.

over for Italy. Try for Italy coming in. Oh, he can't get it down.

:42:36.:42:42.

Esposito. Esposito held up. He might still have the penalty advantage

:42:43.:42:54.

but, how, how did Italy not use that try-scoring opportunity. Well it

:42:55.:42:57.

almost sums up Italy. All forward power and when it had to be a try,

:42:58.:43:03.

they didn't have the pace, accuracy, the pass. Fair play to Hogg for

:43:04.:43:10.

holding him. But that was a try all day long. The another advantage.

:43:11.:43:16.

This will be a card. John Barclay has just been told that a card will

:43:17.:43:21.

be offered. Who will get it for Scotland? And it is John mar clay

:43:22.:43:28.

himself. The captain -- John Barclay himself. The captain is being called

:43:29.:43:34.

forward. John Barclay is off for ten minutes, Scotland are really up

:43:35.:43:39.

against it now. The John Barclay is actually tackling the man. He was

:43:40.:43:44.

tackling the player with the feet when it is a maul, you can't do

:43:45.:43:47.

that. Scotland try to hold them up.

:43:48.:43:54.

Gori again gives it out, once more underneath the post. Then wide it

:43:55.:44:01.

goes. A looping pass. And Esposito this time brings it in field. Oh, a

:44:02.:44:05.

spill now from Italy. They cannot score. Well, what a team Scotland

:44:06.:44:12.

are. To defend that close to the line is sensational.

:44:13.:44:21.

Barclay feeds it on to Russell. A little chip there and this is the

:44:22.:44:31.

chase. How will it bounce? Visser, bearing down on t and they go

:44:32.:44:37.

forward. Advice celebrates, we'll examine it but Tim Visser feels he's

:44:38.:44:44.

scored Scotland's third try but the decision will go up.

:44:45.:44:52.

A good hit by Luke McLean. Scotland looking for the breakthrough.

:44:53.:45:17.

A trifle Tommy Seymour for Scotland. Murrayfield erupt again. A brilliant

:45:18.:45:30.

team try, patient build-up play, lots of hard yards, waited for the

:45:31.:45:37.

numbers in attack to be there, and the skills and execution and depth

:45:38.:45:42.

to go for what looked simple, but a lot of hard work went into that.

:45:43.:45:46.

Listen to the reception. I know you keep your emotions covered up, but

:45:47.:45:55.

this is a phenomenal farewell. I would like to thank the players and

:45:56.:45:59.

everybody for the past three years, it has been fantastic. It has been

:46:00.:46:05.

great fun, really enjoyed it. We have to solve the issue of not

:46:06.:46:09.

scoring points, and if we do, that will give the energy and it changes

:46:10.:46:15.

the momentum. It hurts at the moment, but we are realistic about

:46:16.:46:18.

how far we have to travel. A tale of two coaches. Vern Cotter

:46:19.:46:27.

has the most outstanding percentage record of any Scotland coach in the

:46:28.:46:33.

Six Nations Iraq. Maybe it is an opportune time for Gregor Townsend

:46:34.:46:38.

to take Scotland to the next level. The structures are in place,

:46:39.:46:41.

Scotland have gained confidence over the past couple of years. They have

:46:42.:46:47.

been close sometimes. They got a huge shock last week, they did not

:46:48.:46:51.

get their head right at Twickenham, and they wanted to make certain they

:46:52.:46:55.

delivered on their promised this season three victories at home, they

:46:56.:46:59.

are happy with that. Gregor will bring a lot to the table, but it.

:47:00.:47:05.

Hastily. They are not too far away in getting... Sorry, they are a long

:47:06.:47:12.

way from the consistency that the other side have. Trying to get close

:47:13.:47:18.

to New Zealand, New Zealand put in at least 65 minutes of top rugby,

:47:19.:47:22.

Scotland have beaten Ireland, Ireland have beaten England, Wales

:47:23.:47:27.

have beaten Scotland, everybody has beaten everybody, because nobody can

:47:28.:47:31.

put in that domination, that top-class performance. Until that

:47:32.:47:37.

happens, we are not going to see the northern hemisphere get close to New

:47:38.:47:43.

Zealand. Do you regard Italy as very much the Weakest Link and play

:47:44.:47:48.

accordingly? Do you see any scent of improvement? In recent years, no. We

:47:49.:47:58.

know they will fall off in the last 25 minutes, that has always been a

:47:59.:48:02.

tactic, keep the tempo up, their discipline is not the best. We knew

:48:03.:48:08.

that going into with. They have not had the youngsters coming through,

:48:09.:48:12.

pushing the older guys off the perch. They have been a bit poor. It

:48:13.:48:19.

was great to see them against England, that was a bit of drama.

:48:20.:48:25.

Conor O'Shea is a great coach, one of the best. He has done a great job

:48:26.:48:32.

already. He can take them forward again. The only way is up. If there

:48:33.:48:38.

is one fundamental thing that needs to be done to bring them up to

:48:39.:48:43.

narrow the gap, what would it be? They need to make certain that their

:48:44.:48:48.

club teams can be competitive in the Pro12 and the European cup, and they

:48:49.:48:51.

are nowhere near it. They are the whipping boys at every competition.

:48:52.:48:57.

If he doubted it by getting the great victory over South Africa, the

:48:58.:49:00.

total confusion over the game against England, if he doubted how

:49:01.:49:06.

hard it would be for him, the harsh reality came home yesterday.

:49:07.:49:13.

Scotland are not as consistent, and they absolutely blew Italy off the

:49:14.:49:19.

park. There was one Grand Slam this weekend, that happened on Friday

:49:20.:49:20.

night. Across the continent there has been

:49:21.:49:27.

a surge of interest in the women's game. They are searching for the

:49:28.:49:34.

Grand Slam. The women in white, Six Nations

:49:35.:49:45.

Grand Slam champions. The chasing pack behind Chelsea or

:49:46.:50:13.

in action on BBC One tonight. Finally, we come to a moment where

:50:14.:50:19.

we say goodbye. After 21 years as a pundit, to Keith Wood, as good off

:50:20.:50:22.

the field as he was on it. Whenever he gets the ball, there is

:50:23.:50:35.

a bit off Tally Ho about him. The characteristic driving run. The try

:50:36.:50:43.

given. The captain is having the day of days. Another chance for Keith

:50:44.:50:51.

Wood, it is a try. He is going to score. That surely is the Grand

:50:52.:51:00.

Slam. The world is green tonight.

:51:01.:51:07.

You could not have picked a better weekend, an Irish victory. We talked

:51:08.:51:14.

about scrummaging the whole time! It is just perfect! It is a good

:51:15.:51:20.

paddy's weekend, Cheltenham, then Ireland doing well over weekend --

:51:21.:51:28.

over England. On behalf of all of us here at the BBC, we would like to

:51:29.:51:32.

present you with this lovely cap that has your timespan here at the

:51:33.:51:38.

BBC. I am not sure if it will fit! No way! Thank you for being a good

:51:39.:51:45.

sport and a good man, it has been a pleasure working with you. As

:51:46.:51:51.

emotional as Vern Cotter! Shall I put it on? I have a very large

:51:52.:52:01.

Swede! That is fantastic, like Jennings or something from Tom

:52:02.:52:04.

Brown's schooldays. We ask you to pick what you think will be the

:52:05.:52:08.

starting 15 in the opening Lions Test match in the summer, and these

:52:09.:52:14.

were the names you came up with. Six Irishmen, for Welshman, for

:52:15.:52:16.

Englishmen and one Scott. I thought I would fight the green

:52:17.:52:25.

corner. I thought Peter O'Mahony was brilliant, CJ Stander has been one

:52:26.:52:36.

of the players of the tournament. Tadhg Furlong played brilliantly

:52:37.:52:42.

yesterday. The Welsh guys are the guys I think have the potential to

:52:43.:52:48.

be captain. Rory Best struggled last week and got it back again this

:52:49.:52:53.

week, once his line-out blend was right again. It is a bit of an

:52:54.:53:01.

Irish... I would maybe throw in Ken Owens, he has been outstanding all

:53:02.:53:05.

tournament. But Rory Best has been on fire as well. Maybe I would give

:53:06.:53:10.

the captaincy to Alun Wyn Jones. Sam Warburton without the captaincy...

:53:11.:53:24.

It goes red! I would put Vunipola at number eight. I would have marital J

:53:25.:53:33.

as an impact player. What do I know about the backs? Judges to run like

:53:34.:53:41.

one! I think it is more balanced. I like the idea of nine and ten,

:53:42.:53:44.

partners all the time, playing together. Elliot Daly would be

:53:45.:53:50.

interesting. I think he has got a bit of magic, he played out of

:53:51.:53:55.

position yesterday, but at 13 he is a really good footballer. Liam

:53:56.:54:02.

Williams has been outstanding, he had a great tour to New Zealand last

:54:03.:54:10.

year. Again, I am Welsh, but I would put Rhys Webb in there, he has had a

:54:11.:54:14.

great tournament, he has been a consistent threat. But Conor Murray

:54:15.:54:21.

as top-class as well. You have a left-field call as captain. It was

:54:22.:54:27.

all about having a guy who was nailed on, and they are Conor Murray

:54:28.:54:32.

and Jonny Sexton, and I would go for either of them is the captain. How

:54:33.:54:38.

are they going to get on? The Lions will win. I fancy the pack being

:54:39.:54:44.

incredibly powerful and strong. You can get some of that power in the

:54:45.:54:58.

centre mix, with George North, possibly... New Zealand rely on the

:54:59.:55:04.

high balls and fitness, and we are as fit now, and we have at least as

:55:05.:55:10.

much power. I will go back to the English guys. When you look at the

:55:11.:55:15.

second row, Alun Wyn Jones and Joe Launchbury, you look at Courtney

:55:16.:55:23.

Lawes, we have a chunk of really big, hefty forwards that can do a

:55:24.:55:31.

job. You have to get to the pitch of the battle on a Lions tour. I love

:55:32.:55:37.

it, it is exciting, I never had the chance to tour New Zealand. I am not

:55:38.:55:44.

as confident as he is. All of the history of the Lions does not stack

:55:45.:55:48.

up particular well in New Zealand, but if we can get the blend right

:55:49.:55:52.

and we pick a team... Those teams are plucked out of the air, it is

:55:53.:55:57.

the blend, and what happens when they tour and play the first Test

:55:58.:56:00.

match together, how much magic can we make? You could pick two or three

:56:01.:56:05.

teams, the talent is there a across-the-board. Ireland, having

:56:06.:56:12.

beaten New Zealand, that is a case for their players. They have been

:56:13.:56:15.

there and done it. England have had a great couple of years. Scottish

:56:16.:56:20.

rugby is on the way up, the Welsh boys are playing well, so it is a

:56:21.:56:24.

great balance, it is a tough job for Warren Gatland. Keith, your punditry

:56:25.:56:32.

career with us spans the 21 years of oppression rugby, so when you

:56:33.:56:35.

started being a pundit, we had just made the transition. How much better

:56:36.:56:41.

his rugby now than it was then? It is more physical, it is faster.

:56:42.:56:48.

Technically, far higher than it was. There is less space now. When I

:56:49.:56:54.

started playing and as a pundit, there was a lot of room, there is

:56:55.:56:59.

very little room now, and sometimes that is a negative, but for the most

:57:00.:57:03.

part I still get excited. Going back into the Aviva Stadium yesterday,

:57:04.:57:09.

watching it as a fan, it was an amazing experience. It has been a

:57:10.:57:14.

great Six Nations. Enjoy what might be the last few weeks of your

:57:15.:57:18.

playing career. You might go on forever! I might get picked for the

:57:19.:57:25.

Lions! Gerry and Kate, who knows when we will meet again. The Six

:57:26.:57:29.

Nations is over and done with, we will see you for another one in 45

:57:30.:57:31.

weeks. Goodbye. England of the Six Nations champions

:57:32.:57:56.

again. Ireland have the victory, England

:57:57.:58:59.

have the championship. The 24-year-old man

:59:00.:59:03.

has been charged with murder. You made sure an innocent man

:59:04.:59:06.

is charged! What gives you the right

:59:07.:59:09.

to say that he's innocent?

:59:10.:59:12.

John Inverdale presents highlights and in-depth analysis of the final round of fixtures from the 2017 Six Nations. This weekend's games saw a mouthwatering clash between Ireland and England in Dublin, while Wales travelled to Paris looking for a sixth successive victory over France and Scotland faced Italy in Edinburgh.