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John Inverdale presents live coverage of France v England. Expert analysis is provided by Jeremy Guscott, Martyn Williams and Paul O'Connell.


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If in one of sport's great truisms,

it you really do learn more in

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defeat than victory, here come

England to Paris, ready to write a

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few wrong after their Grand Slam

ambitions went up in smoke two weeks

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ago in the cauldron of Murrayfield.

The latest instalment in this, the

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oldest international fixture in the

game.

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Scotland get going...

England in

panic mode!

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# the needle tears are whole, the

old familiar staying

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# trying to kill it all away

# I remember everything...

England

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have problems at half-time.

# what have I become, my sweetest

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friend?

# everyone I know goes away.

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Interception!

That is a huge

decision.

Now it is up for grabs.

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decision.

Now it is up for grabs.

No

try.

That is cruel for England.

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England are going to be stung by

this.

There will be a lot to work

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on.

But what of France? A team and sport

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that in a real mess at the moment.

One victory in their last nine

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internationals, and England have won

nine of the last 11 meetings between

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the sides in the Six Nations. Today,

according to coach Jacques Brunel,

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it is a moment to reignite the sport

and reconnect with a disillusioned

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public. Which could explain ever are

philosophical headline today. They

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say France need a miracle to beat

the second best side in the world. A

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bit of media mind

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games on a glorious spring afternoon

in Paris and eagerly looking ahead

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to it very snugly I have to say, in

our presentation are ahead, Jeremy

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Guscott, on the far side, very smart

looking Paul O'Connell given events

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in Dublin, because Ireland have a

bonus point try against Dublin.

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Ireland have just about one hand on

the Six Nations.

The only way to

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score goals. They did not have it

all their way.

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all their way. A great result for

Ireland heading to Twickenham next

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week.

The game is still going on but

it is safe to say Ireland have won

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the game. What that means as you

look at the table of England not

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only have to win here today, but

they have to win with a bonus point

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which means scoring four tries and

that is something they have not done

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away in France since 1992. But I'm

sure Eddie Jones' priority will be

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about winning first and foremost,

Martin. How much is today a test of

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the backbone of the team?

The last

couple of weeks have been horrible

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for them. The only chance we have to

put it right is when the whistle

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goes today in kick-off. First and

foremost, being mentally right for

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the start of the game. Yes, you can

make all the tactical adjustments,

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but being mentally right for the

battle. If you let France start

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well, they will get the confidence

and the place will go crazy, the

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same of Murrayfield. Be in the right

place mentally and go from there and

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the right things will happen.

Philippe, how important is this

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match for the reputation of the

French national team?

It is

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important to have a little bit of

confidence. I think the game will be

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key for the French team.

I think

there is the first time we have had

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you and Jerry together as pundits in

any match and it does take us back

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27 years to one of the greatest

tries France ever scored at

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Twickenham. Philippe, tell us your

memories of this.

It is a great

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memory. I showed I was in the

midfield and I was lucky. Jeremy

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missed the tackle! And I am sorry 27

years after. I am sorry!

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years after. I am sorry!

Thank you,

Philippe. It was a wonderful try.

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But was when France led the rugby

that we all admired. I made a

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pathetic effort at the end just to

join in and I paid the price for it.

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Philippe, why do France not play

like that any more?

I think a lot

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about our Top 14, there was a league

but too many foreign players and we

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tried to challenge this six months

ago. I think we made the right

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decision but now we have to be

patient.

Such as rugby in France,

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the Southlands is the Hartland of

the game. Ironically, many thousands

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of people will be heading up here

from Toulon and Toulouse for the

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match today but France had to go

south to Marseille two weeks ago to

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get back on the winning ways.

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Italy have targeted this game, they

must have a chance. A surge towards

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the line. There is the ball, there

is the line, there is France's

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opening try. Italy claimed

possession. What a surge, what a

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response by the Italians! Italy take

the lead. Grosso for the line. Was

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he ever played? No, he was not!

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he ever played? No, he was not! Hugo

Bonneval scores.

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Bonneval scores. One more paths. It

is a forward pass.

That is a lovely

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play.

Much welcome for France.

Despite that victory, France find

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themselves in a very lowly position

in the world rankings at the moment,

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the low Fiji and just above Japan.

France and England are in the same

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qualifying group for the World Cup

next year.

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It is in Yokohama on October 12 when

they will meet. I wonder how many in

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the starting line-up today will be

featuring in 18 months' time. You

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would

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would expect Mathieu Bastareaud will

be featuring. He is heavier than

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anyone in the English pack. He has

always been the centre of attention

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on and off the field.

The customary forward role, the

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customary charges. He has done it!

He has powered his way over.

What

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more could there possibly be to

Mathieu Bastareaud than the

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considerable man who meets the eye.

He was brought up in a high rise of

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volatile disadvantage suburb of

Paris. He played rugby here, fought

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a childhood battle against bulimia,

at play are conscious of his size.

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Still a teenager, he joined stud

Francais, part of a very different

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scene and soon he was playing for

his country. -- Stade Francais. On

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the tour to New Zealand, trouble. He

needed stitches to his face. He

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claimed at first to have been

assaulted in the streets of

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Wellington. The police investigated.

His injuries, he was drunk. He was

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banned for three months. He took a

knife to his wrists. To kill

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himself? He did not know. He said he

wanted to suffer, to punish himself.

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He moved from Paris to the

Mediterranean. Toulon, champions of

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France, three times champions of

Europe. He made captain, treasured

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by his team-mates. But his

international career had stalled. A

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two-year gap. He was too big, too

obvious. Was this the image to be

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promoted for stylish French Rugby?

If he made headlines, it was being

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in trouble again. Banned in January

for a homophobic slur aimed at

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another player. He had never

forgotten the value of hard work.

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Even more revered in France.

Fortnight ago he forward rolled into

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the Six Nations again and stole the

show. Thunderous and yet sensitive,

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aggressive and delighted to be back

on the stage. The great deal you see

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of Mathieu Bastareaud, is so much

less than who he is.

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Philippe, you have known him since

he was a very young player. Is he

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still a little bit of an unfulfilled

talent, do you think?

I find him to

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Toulon. He needs love, you know? He

needs coaching, a lot of confidence.

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But since he was captain of Toulon,

he grew a lot. When

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he grew a lot. When you have, he is

good on the turnover. He is very

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good to off-load the ball. I think

we will see a lot today to run.

Here

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he is against Italy. Here is the

trademark forward role before he

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plays. He had an immense match,

Paul?

He is not the same shape as

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Brian O'Driscoll but he is like him

in the ruck. He is very powerful and

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off-loads really well. He had some

brilliant off-loads in this game.

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When he tackles here, you remain

tackle. Very good at stripping the

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ball as well. I think he had four

turnovers in the Italy game and

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scored two tries as well. He is a

fantastic player. What is great is

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his work in the breakdown. That is

where England need to be prepared

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for Mathieu Bastareaud today.

What

you see with Mathieu Bastareaud is

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what you get. If a guy like that

decides to have his best game, there

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is very little you can do against

it. You are looking at two men

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tackling because that is what it

takes to take down 123 kilograms

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man. It will be a big day if he is

on.

It will be his off-load where he

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could be very dangerous is near the

line. Converting that then for five

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metres from the line, you get in the

ball and that one-on-one with a

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back, that will be difficult to

stop.

It is very important as well,

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we miss a leader in the French team.

He arrives and he is one the

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leaders. He has experience. He is a

big help to the captain.

Ben Te'o

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has been left out. Was that a

tactical decision?

I hope not. You

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would be more concentrating on my

team and the way it will play rather

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than worry about the French team.

What I like about Ben Te'o is he has

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a pass and he has vision. What he

will do is straighten up the attack.

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He will give them more directness.

And also, whether he gets the ball

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or not in attack, he is in vision.

He will attract the French defence

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allowing more space on the outside.

I think George borders at his best

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when he has a guy like that to use

as his foil. You can use it or put

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the ball behind him. He has front

foot options. -- I think George Ford

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is at his best.

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is at his best.

Philippe, there has

been no consistency of selection for

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France at half-back and especially

at Number Ten. Would you have picked

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trim Duque today?

I think the only

challenge is Francois Trinh Duc. I

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think he will keep the ball today.

If it is a kicking game it

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If it is a kicking game it will be

mushy makes no.

The problem is with

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most of the tens of France, they

have not made a statement saying,

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coach pick me, you can't it

normally, that is why there has

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always been so much chop and change.

Maxime Machenaud is playing really

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well but they need to find the

Number Ten who is a Farrell or a

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Ford.

If you were the coach of

France, would you, after the

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incident in Edinburgh where seven

players went out drinking until

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late, would you have dropped them

until one match and welcome them

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back in or said no, that is too bad,

you cannot be part of mice Quad?

To

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be honest, it is difficult because I

did know what is happening to this

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nine, but I think Teddy Thomas, he

is a winner, and when you play

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England, you need guys like him. I

am not the coach at the moment and I

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don't know what is happening during

this night so it is a very difficult

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thing to make a decision when you

are outside this squad.

Teddy Thomas

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is a guy who can score you a try so

to keep him out of the team, well,

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that is the coach's call and fair

play to him.

We will move on to

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England. We have seen in the

inconsistency of Scotland losing in

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Cardiff, being so impressive at

Murrayfield and obviously losing out

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the Aviva Stadium, why is it so much

harder in the Six Nations to win

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away from home? What is it in the

environment, the refereeing

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officials, why is it so hard in this

Championship now to win away from

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home?

I think passion and emotion

has role to play in coaching. Guys

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have to be mentally prepared.

Passion and emotion still plays a

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big role. Passion and emotion is

highest at home when you are

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defending your home turf and that

has a role to play in Rugby.

We can

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move on to England. All of the

headlines are courted and controlled

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in many ways, not by the players but

by the coach. Eddie Jones is the

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face of English rugby at the moment

and he was putting on a brave and

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defiant face when he spoke earlier

this week to Sonja McLaughlan.

This

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is a huge week for England. Eddie

Jones will be furious that this

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performance.

I think it will be the

biggest test of Eddie Jones'

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coaching career.

This extraordinary

match. England are stunned. They

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have rarely tasted defeat.

Eddie,

what are you like when you lose?

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Well, I hate losing! And I

especially hate losing to a team we

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should not have lost too.

You

described the preparation as

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intense, was it too intense?

I think

it actually lacked intensity. I

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think we over intellectualised the

game. Tactically, we thought we knew

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how to play against Scotland and we

needed to roll up the sleeves more

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and get stuck in.

On reflection,

where England in the right frame of

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mind?

Know, and that is my fault. We

did not get in the psychological

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state we needed to be and that is my

responsibility.

Wide?

If I knew, I

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would have 100% winning record but I

don't and I am not that clever?

How

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do you set about changing that if

you don't know why it went wrong in

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the first place?

We have 124 from 26

games so I think we are above

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average.

What is the biggest thing

you have learned from the Scotland

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game?

It goes back to preparation.

For my sins, I did not get the

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preparation right. I did not get

them psychologically right for the

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game.

How can you tell?

You can

never tell because it is not an

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exact science.

That must be

frustrating as a coach because you

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think you have done everything you

can do but the players don't turn

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up?

That is why we do it. I trust my

players, I love my players but they

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are human and things get to them.

Sometimes the situation makes it

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difficult for them to perform and we

understand that.

Scotland played

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with real verve and imagination and

skill in attack. Are you concerned

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that that is missing from England's

game?

No.

Outscored by three tries

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to one and the way Scotland played,

do you think England can play in the

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same manner?

I don't think we need

to play like that? Because we are

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England, not Scotland. We don't have

the same players, the same skill as

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Scotland and we have other

attributes which are equally

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important in Test match rugby.

You

think you don't have the same scale

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as Scotland?

I'm saying we have a

different skill set. We have

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different players to Scotland. We

want to play like England, we don't

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want to play like Scotland.

England

were ahead on territory, possession,

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meters made, carries, I concerned

they

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they could not turn that into a

victory?

Of course I am concerned, I

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am disappointed. That does not mean

we throw everything out of the Bath.

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We have had a bad game and we will

rectify that.

Do you think that that

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defeat could be a positive catalyst

for change for the team or are you

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confident with the environment you

have?

If you Reid what the clever

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people say, it is Doomsday, the

world will end. English rugby will

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fall at Twickenham and you will

never see it again. So I am not

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sure.

Widely Reid it?

If I don't,

someone else will tell me.

But if

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you don't look at it, you will not

have to worry about it.

But I do. It

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affects my players. And of course

the players know about it, someone

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tells them. It is their mother or

their wife or their girlfriend or

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their mates will tell them. The

media affects what we do massively.

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There is an unrealistic and about

how good we are and none realism

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about how bad we are now. And quite

frankly we are somewhere in the

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middle.

And they parted friends at the end

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of it. Martin, when you hear that,

what is your take on how Eddie Jones

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is responding to what is happening

at Murrayfield?

In between being

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Eddie Jones, he is making the right

points. You are never as great as

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you say you are when you're winning

and not as bad when you are losing.

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It is not just his fault, he is

taking the pressure off the players.

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The players need to make sure they

are there. But it happens. I have

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been in many teams where it has

happened and you have been flat on

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the day. The thing now is we have to

turn it around and come out today

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and put those things right. If you

get the mental side right, a lot of

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it will sort themselves out.

Your

team would have gone through that as

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well in pursuit of winning the World

Cup in 2003. You would have had some

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high-profile defeats?

Absolutely.

The very best teams, when they have

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those flat days, they still play at

a level. The thing for England as

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they conceded three tries. You may

concede one and be down at half-time

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but then come back. There is

concerned there and they should be.

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There is a lot of angst.

Where

England struggle as having the guys

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in the team who are really good at

consistently good so if two or three

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drop-off, those are three are

playing at a level that makes the

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rest of the team rise up to them.

You look at Ireland. I would not say

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they have loads of world-class

players in there, apart from Sexton

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and Murray who are pushing for

honours in that department. The rest

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of the other 13 and the eight on the

bench are very good international

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players who play so well every week

and are so well drilled. England

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have not yet got that. You have

Farrell, Billy Vunipola when he is

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there, Itoje was last year but has

not reached those levels this time

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round.

You mention Farrell as a

world-class player and he is captain

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for the first time today. Is this a

burden he doesn't need, Martin, or

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is it something that will spur him

to greater Heights?

You have Chris

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Robshaw who has captained England

more than anyone who needs the guys

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to come and do their jobs.

We hope

it is too much because he is also

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the kicking so I hope he will do a

good job of captain.

One of the

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points that makes Owen Farrell

world-class is his mental strength.

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He is able to put disappointment

behind him and carry on. His tackle

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rate in the Six Nations is appalling

that you would not think that from

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the outside because his presence and

profile is so huge. In a form and is

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against Scotland, he was England's

best player.

I'm sure you two would

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disagree because he played in the

second row, but isn't it easier for

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him to captain the side from centre

because he can see the bigger

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picture. If you are Dylan Hartley in

the front row where things are

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happening and you have got your head

in the ground.

He is in charge of

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that anyway. He is carrying

responsibility for strategy. You're

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not calling the shots minute by

minute from the forward pack, but

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you can be more in charge of that

emotional side with the forwards. He

0:25:200:25:24

needs those guys up front. Whoever

has the responsibility. But even the

0:25:240:25:31

guys at the front, Courtney Lawes,

Joe Launchbury, if you are leading

0:25:310:25:37

around Paris smashing people, that

is leadership.

I was on a Lions tour

0:25:370:25:42

five years ago when he was only 21,

and he was a leader then. He was

0:25:420:25:48

bossing people around the pitch,

raising standards, demanding more of

0:25:480:25:52

the people. His farm or experience

now and I think he is well able for

0:25:520:25:56

the responsibility.

0:25:560:26:01

the responsibility.

And Philippe,

tell us about a captaincy point of

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view for France?

Guilhem Guirado is

a good leader. And I think Mathieu

0:26:060:26:14

Bastareaud and full slaughtering

took. I think he can be a big help

0:26:140:26:18

but the key for me is the ruck.

0:26:180:26:24

but the key for me is the ruck.

Paul

was talking about the passion and

0:26:260:26:28

the involvement of the fans for the

home team, the spectators here, what

0:26:280:26:32

are they expecting, what

realistically are the fans

0:26:320:26:40

expecting?

They expect the guys, if

the French team have a good start,

0:26:400:26:51

I'm sure the club will be crazy and

will follow the other teams. I hope

0:26:510:26:56

we take the score straightaway.

Martin spoke a few minutes ago about

0:26:560:27:03

the definition of leadership, going

round Paris bashing people. That

0:27:030:27:09

sums up the peculiar relationship

these two countries have.

0:27:090:27:15

Wesley Fofana! Greenwood chasing

Robinson.

0:27:300:27:35

This is typical avenger.

That is

just out of this world.

0:27:370:27:50

Sensational!

That is the Grand Slam

moment for England!

0:27:500:28:02

moment for England!

Oh, dear. The

French seem to have lost all

0:28:020:28:07

self-control.

0:28:070:28:12

Misses Le Crunch in any language you

want.

0:28:190:28:25

I have to say the weather here

yesterday was pretty drizzly and it

0:28:250:28:31

was awful. We were expecting a

different environment for the match

0:28:310:28:35

but it is beautiful now. It is a

great day for rugby but you still

0:28:350:28:40

have to defend. Where were England

deficient against Scotland and what

0:28:400:28:44

will they have to correct today?

Their heads were not in the game.

0:28:440:28:53

You have to concentrate. Hughes is

disconnected from Lawes. Scotland

0:28:530:28:57

getting behind. You think sharpen

up, let's get wider and stronger and

0:28:570:29:03

get together. A big part of defence

is communication. Once you lose

0:29:030:29:08

that, you lose that disconnect.

There is a good flat line but two

0:29:080:29:12

players, Lawes and Farrell decide to

go up and they are leading the

0:29:120:29:17

doglegs. Clever teams that like to

pass and get in there, look here,

0:29:170:29:22

this is from a kick, Danny Care

knocked it long there. You should be

0:29:220:29:36

in a flat line coming together,

squeezing the defence, making them

0:29:360:29:39

kick, rather than giving them the

space to run yards and yards. There

0:29:390:29:41

is still a disconnect and that means

you have to talk more. Two runners

0:29:410:29:45

come up and create that disconnect

and again, thin Russell against

0:29:450:29:51

Wales was not making waves passes

against England he did, and against

0:29:510:29:55

Ireland, it has not gone Scotland's

way. If you are not defending well,

0:29:550:29:59

it sets the pattern in your game. It

is one of the reasons why Jonathan

0:29:590:30:06

Chase has been left out today.

Jonathan had to follow him in and he

0:30:060:30:11

stayed out in No Man's Land.

0:30:110:30:15

They talked about how to beat

Scotland, we turned up and win the

0:30:150:30:20

game. That is lethal in rugby at any

level particularly away from home.

0:30:200:30:24

If you don't get it right, Scotland

grew as a team, and if they don't do

0:30:240:30:30

it today, France will grow.

I don't

see France breaking out of their own

0:30:300:30:35

22 and throwing those long passes,

but I did not expect Russell to play

0:30:350:30:38

well against England!

But France are

one out, one out.

I cannot expect

0:30:380:30:45

them to play an expansive game

overnight with so little experience.

0:30:450:30:50

I think they still had it in them

than if they take the turnover they

0:30:500:30:54

can counterattack and go Bulls up I

would be fearful today. I have

0:30:540:30:58

memories of being here chasing

Frenchman around the field.

That is

0:30:580:31:03

when they were decent!

Have France

still got it in them?

I think so, we

0:31:030:31:09

have great players but we just need

confidence. The win against Italy

0:31:090:31:14

was huge for us.

Serge Betsen, the

great French flanker, was very

0:31:140:31:20

critical yesterday of

0:31:200:31:21

great French flanker, was very

critical yesterday of the selection

0:31:210:31:21

of Eddie Jones of the England back

row, staggered that these three had

0:31:210:31:29

been maintained. Were you surprised,

Paul?

0:31:290:31:32

been maintained. Were you surprised,

Paul? They were criticised in

0:31:320:31:34

Scotland because of a deficiency at

the breakdown.

I don't think it's

0:31:340:31:38

down to the back row, England are

willing to sacrifice the numbers

0:31:380:31:43

they put into the ruck and that

caused them problems, that and a few

0:31:430:31:46

bad habits. These were some of the

rucks from the Scottish game.

0:31:460:31:54

bad habits. These were some of the

rucks from the Scottish game. Joe

0:31:540:31:56

Launchbury turns his head, Wilson

does not need a second invitation.

0:31:560:32:01

This was a big turnover, a big

moment in the game for Scotland.

0:32:010:32:09

Nigel Owens gave the scrum to

Scotland. Owen Farrell and Anthony

0:32:090:32:15

Watson have no interest in the ruck,

Chris Robshaw is trying to do it on

0:32:150:32:19

his own and John Barclay get the

penalty and another big

0:32:190:32:21

psychological moment. Again they go

in with one, Itoje, Launchbury comes

0:32:210:32:27

into later. John Barclay with

another big moment. This was England

0:32:270:32:36

on the attack, five metres out from

the line, Robshaw cleans it well but

0:32:360:32:41

he leaves George Ford on his own.

They end up with two on one, Richie

0:32:410:32:47

Gray and Tommy Seymour and they blow

him off the ball, turning over

0:32:470:32:50

possession five metres from your own

line like

0:32:500:32:55

possession five metres from your own

line like that is suicidal stuff.

0:32:550:32:57

That is where they did the job and I

think it helped Ireland today

0:32:570:33:01

because they were forewarned at the

breakdown for the game against

0:33:010:33:04

Scotland.

The key thing is to win

the ball with the minimum players in

0:33:040:33:09

the ruck as quick as you can. If

they are doing something different

0:33:090:33:13

you have to adapt and England did

not do that well enough. France

0:33:130:33:16

could do the same and England have

to be ready for it. Also, if France

0:33:160:33:22

don't do it, they don't have to

overcommit. They have to adapt to

0:33:220:33:27

the opposition. It's all right

having a planned but you have to

0:33:270:33:30

change it if do.

If we go forward

from the back row, Maro Itoje was

0:33:300:33:36

the shooting star of European rugby

never mind English

0:33:360:33:38

the shooting star of European rugby

never mind English rugby last news

0:33:380:33:40

addicts difficult second season

syndrome if you like as a wanted

0:33:400:33:44

man. Why is it?

There

0:33:440:33:46

syndrome if you like as a wanted

man. Why is it?

There is a

0:33:460:33:50

perception he's not playing as well

and some of it is England not

0:33:500:33:53

playing as well. I not a big stats

man but the biggest change is the

0:33:530:33:58

amount of turnovers he is winning

and penalties giving away. Maybe

0:33:580:34:01

they have told him that and he is

holding back. That is the hardest

0:34:010:34:08

thing as a forward, when to go in

and when not to. This shows him that

0:34:080:34:15

all those bits add up. If he can

have to or three turnovers like

0:34:150:34:20

that, stealing the line-out and the

tackle and inspire England it will

0:34:200:34:24

be good but the rest of them have to

do it, Launchbury and Lawes and

0:34:240:34:28

Robshaw Andy Hughes, they all need

to stand up.

He is a great player.

0:34:280:34:33

-- and Nathan Hughes for that you

would like in the French team, a

0:34:330:34:38

fantastic athlete.

You would like

him in the French team but if you

0:34:380:34:40

look at the English back three to

date with the potential they had to

0:34:400:34:44

throw the ball around with it almost

feels like a French back three.

You

0:34:440:34:48

throw the ball around with it almost

feels like a French back three.

You

0:34:480:34:49

look at the teams, the big

difference to the back three. The

0:34:490:34:52

back three of England is quick with

flair and Elliot Daly is back, he is

0:34:520:34:59

fantastic for Wasps and for England.

Our back three need to perform very

0:34:590:35:06

well today.

Elliot Daly

0:35:060:35:07

Our back three need to perform very

well today.

Elliot Daly for me is

0:35:070:35:09

the best northern hemisphere back.

His skill set sets him apart because

0:35:090:35:17

he can do the basics very well and

he has that flair also he can knock

0:35:170:35:21

the ball through the posts from 55

metres, he can chip, he has vision

0:35:210:35:28

and the speed to run through the

tackle, intelligence and the skill

0:35:280:35:32

set to put the money else through

the gap. I believe he is

0:35:320:35:36

inspirational. This guy can change

the tone of the game initial space

0:35:360:35:43

of time and in small gaps. -- in a

short space of time.

Maybe he is a

0:35:430:35:51

little bit rusty having not played

since November.

Three weeks ago Mike

0:35:510:35:55

Brown was Eddie Jones's superhero,

untouchable at full-back and now he

0:35:550:35:59

is out of the team. Were you

surprised by that?

After a game like

0:35:590:36:04

that anybody is droppable. You get

what Mike does, with Anthony you

0:36:040:36:09

have more pace. It is probably right

he gets a look in a big

0:36:090:36:16

international. It is tough on Mike

at that is what happens when you

0:36:160:36:20

lose, guys get dropped also the rest

of the team should say, we have got

0:36:200:36:25

a guy dropped, let's go and perform.

You mentioned the Lyons on many

0:36:250:36:29

occasions, Jamie George was the

Lions hooker but effectively second

0:36:290:36:34

choice for England because of Dylan

Hartley being captain but he now

0:36:340:36:37

gets his opportunity with Dylan

Hartley injured. If he makes a big

0:36:370:36:41

statement today, what does it mean

for the dynamic of captaincy and

0:36:410:36:45

front row and England altogether?

It

makes it difficult for Eddie Jones,

0:36:450:36:50

it makes it difficult decisions

around selection. He has waited a

0:36:500:36:54

long time for his opportunity, a

fantastic player and really well

0:36:540:36:58

coached. I think the best coaching

in Europe at the moment is happening

0:36:580:37:03

at Saracens. Excellent at said Pete

and good scrummager and Thrower,

0:37:030:37:08

dynamic around the field as well --

at set piece. It looks like a great

0:37:080:37:14

service so it should suit him.

You're both played here on many

0:37:140:37:18

occasions, tell us about playing at

the Stade de France. Is it different

0:37:180:37:22

to other venues and if so, wider

question of it is always different

0:37:220:37:27

for France, but maybe it is

different and the atmosphere is

0:37:270:37:29

different.

0:37:290:37:31

With due respect, it always felt the

biggest game, France away from home,

0:37:310:37:36

you have got to be at your absolute

best or you could get a pasting.

The

0:37:360:37:40

forwards know it especially, they

are always well up for it. We used

0:37:400:37:44

to be intimidated by the flair of

the French. Later in my career, the

0:37:440:37:50

French crowd, it makes you intent

and pumped up and that is what

0:37:500:37:54

England need because they were so

slow off the mark against Scotland.

0:37:540:37:58

They have to play with more speed

and constructs better and they have

0:37:580:38:02

to be more solid and this game could

be right for them if they get

0:38:020:38:05

involved in the atmosphere and

accept it.

What is your take on what

0:38:050:38:09

might happen, Paul?

I fancy England.

I don't think the Top 14 prepares

0:38:090:38:17

French players properly for Six

Nations rugby. From a fitness point

0:38:170:38:21

of view, a discipline point of view

and tactically. They will bring the

0:38:210:38:25

Passion and emotion but I don't

think the French players at the

0:38:250:38:28

fitness or discipline to follow

through with it.

Tumultuous

0:38:280:38:33

reception for the two teams here at

the Stade de France.

0:38:330:38:41

the Stade de France. 80,000 red,

white and blue flags have been

0:38:410:38:43

handed to the spectators and it is

just a glorious almost a balmy

0:38:430:38:47

evening here. It is almost 20 years

ago today that the Stade de France

0:38:470:38:54

was opened and five days after it in

operation France played England in

0:38:540:39:00

the Five Nations and France won

24-17 and went on to win the Grand

0:39:000:39:04

Slam with Jerry and Martin playing

in that game. But huge questions now

0:39:040:39:10

for both teams can England recover

from the Murrayfield mauling at if

0:39:100:39:14

they are still to be contenders for

the championship, they need a bonus

0:39:140:39:18

point victory. And somewhere inside

this French team, is there looking a

0:39:180:39:22

collective will to relight the

French rugby fire? Let's hope it is

0:39:220:39:26

going to be a tasty tea-time in

Paris. After the anthems commentary

0:39:260:39:30

will come from Paul O'Connell, Brian

Moore and Eddie Butler.

0:39:300:39:39

# God save our gracious Queen

0:39:580:40:03

# Long live our noble Queen

0:40:030:40:07

# God save the Queen

0:40:070:40:13

# Send her victorious

0:40:130:40:19

# Happy and glorious

0:40:190:40:24

# Long to reign over us

0:40:240:40:30

# God save the Queen #.

0:40:300:40:38

# Allons enfants de la Patrie

0:40:520:40:54

# Le jour de gloire est arrive

0:40:540:40:59

# Contre nous de la tyrannie

0:40:590:41:03

# L'etendard sanglant est leve

0:41:030:41:06

# L'etendard sanglant est leve

0:41:060:41:11

# Entendez-vous dans les campagnes

0:41:110:41:14

# Mugir ces feroces soldats

0:41:140:41:19

# Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras

0:41:190:41:24

# Egorger vos fils, vos compagnes

0:41:240:41:28

# Aux armes, citoyens

0:41:280:41:32

# Formez vos bataillons

0:41:320:41:36

# Marchons, marchons

0:41:360:41:40

# Qu'un sang impur

0:41:400:41:44

# Abreuve nos sillons #.

0:41:440:41:47

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:41:520:41:58

COMMENTATOR: Good evening and

welcome to the Stade de France. A

0:41:580:42:05

rousing set of renditions of the

anthems. France have left well alone

0:42:050:42:09

up front, watch out for Yacouba

Camara in the line-up, Guilhem

0:42:090:42:14

Guirado as a tackler and Jefferson

Poirot over the ball at the

0:42:140:42:17

breakdown. And keep an eye on

Mathieu Bastareaud in the centre, he

0:42:170:42:23

is hard to miss, or is it a day for

other players to step up like the

0:42:230:42:28

hard running Remy Grosso?

0:42:280:42:35

At hooker Jamie George replaces the

injured Dylan Hartley. The general

0:42:350:42:42

instructions to all of the forwards

after the Scotland game, roll up

0:42:420:42:46

your sleeves and rip into it. Ben

Te'o comes into the centre, not

0:42:460:42:51

quite the size of Bastareaud but

large enough. Anthony Watson at

0:42:510:42:55

full-back and Elliot Daly back after

injury in December. Owen Farrell is

0:42:550:42:59

the England captain. Mike Brown

takes his place on the bench. Good

0:42:590:43:10

afternoon, Brian Moore. It is the

crunch and it has a heavyweight

0:43:100:43:14

feeling.

It is almost springtime in

Paris and technical things will

0:43:140:43:21

unfold but this is the real question

for England, where is your head and

0:43:210:43:26

heart today? Are they in the right

place? If they are, there is a

0:43:260:43:30

chance, if they are not big to be a

difficult experience.

A reverse of

0:43:300:43:37

the normal question, which England

will turn up? The charity kick-off

0:43:370:43:44

something of a tradition here in

France. Ben Te'o back in the centre,

0:43:440:43:49

Jaco Peyper is the referee today.

One team had suffered a rare defeat

0:43:490:43:59

under Eddie Jones, England, and a

team that enjoyed a rare victory in

0:43:590:44:02

the last round, France. England need

a bonus point win to stay in

0:44:020:44:06

contention for the title. France are

on a longer road to recovery, just

0:44:060:44:14

to win back the affections of their

public.

0:44:140:44:22

public. But whatever those contrasts

in the current fortunes, it still

0:44:220:44:26

has the feel of the England- France

games of old, when you were out

0:44:260:44:32

there, Brian. They were some of the

hottest properties and hottest

0:44:320:44:36

atmospheres.

They worked but those

are passed now and probably quite

0:44:360:44:39

rightly. What I want to see today is

a highly disciplined performance

0:44:390:44:46

from England.

Do they go for it from

the word go?

The first 20 minutes in

0:44:460:44:55

Paris you want to be relatively

quiet in terms of the opposition

0:44:550:45:00

crowd for the don't give France

anything, settle into the game.

0:45:000:45:04

But obviously if the opportunity

presents itself, let it go.

Francois

0:45:070:45:13

Trinh-Duc gets us underway.

0:45:130:45:18

Elliot Daly, was the taken high? --

was he taken? Nothing from the

0:45:180:45:28

referee, England in their own 22

with Danny Care.

0:45:280:45:36

with Danny Care. Hugo Bonneval the

French full-back gathering safely.

0:45:360:45:41

Paul Gabrillagues from the second

row involved. Wenceslas Lauret at

0:45:440:45:50

the halfway line, Mako Vunipola has

been given the responsible at the

0:45:500:45:57

four leading the forwards today.

0:45:570:46:04

That is a brilliant pass out of the

tackle, France on the surge and it

0:46:040:46:09

is a long pass... Into touch but...

It was lost forward.

We go all the

0:46:090:46:18

way back. To the French half.

It was

only a couple of yards forward!

0:46:180:46:29

only a couple of yards forward! The

crowd are booing because they have

0:46:290:46:30

not seen the replay.

Forward pass,

England will have the pudding at the

0:46:300:46:40

scrummage, that is the long and

short of it. -- will have the

0:46:400:46:44

put-in.

This is an area in which

England have been frankly

0:46:440:46:52

disappointing thus far. It has been

a long time since England have had a

0:46:520:46:55

dominant set piece. Here we go. Only

a couple of yards!

0:46:550:47:06

The French front five are very

strong.

They reckon Rabah Slimani is

0:47:080:47:12

the grandest tight head of the

current game. Poirot on the

0:47:120:47:20

loosehead side will be attacking Dan

Cole. On the far side. Jamie George

0:47:200:47:27

of course starting for England

today.

0:47:270:47:37

Penalty to England.

Slimani has to

be happy about that, he was at an

0:47:440:47:52

angle but so was Mako Vunipola. It

depends which went in first for the

0:47:520:48:00

inevitably given the proximity, if

your opponent turns in you will have

0:48:000:48:03

to follow because you are bodily

bound. While you can make cases

0:48:030:48:07

against both...

0:48:070:48:12

against both... Both of them in at

an angle and I must admit that I'm

0:48:120:48:17

struggling at the moment to decide

which one.

You used to inhabit that

0:48:170:48:24

area, Brian.

Yes, it was fairly warm

and cosy. Dangerous at times.

Rabah

0:48:240:48:32

Slimani and this is Owen Farrell,

captain today and placekicker.

0:48:320:48:38

Beautifully struck, England take an

early lead and Paul O'Connell has

0:49:010:49:05

shot up from ground level.

Hello,

Eddie. I think guesswork at the

0:49:050:49:11

scrum, hard to tell who's fault it

is and who goes down first but still

0:49:110:49:17

a big moment for England to get the

first penalty and a lead.

Francois

0:49:170:49:22

Trinh-Duc, and the grass looks in

good condition, not always the case

0:49:220:49:26

here at the Stade de France. England

make ground from the restart,

0:49:260:49:32

Machenaud senses a turnover. Mako

Vunipola on a one-man mission to

0:49:320:49:39

secure the ball for England. He has

done very well because he has won

0:49:390:49:42

the penalty.

And that could have

been another problem for England,

0:49:420:49:48

very similar to the Scotland game

where they got isolated. On that

0:49:480:49:53

occasion they were given the benefit

of the doubt.

A lot of players in

0:49:530:49:57

the French team are very good in the

ruck, very good at poaching and

0:49:570:50:01

getting locked on the ball but they

need to have the discipline to let

0:50:010:50:04

it go at times and pick and choose

their moments. It is something they

0:50:040:50:08

don't do very well in the Top 14 and

you don't get away with it in the

0:50:080:50:12

Six Nations.

Elliot Daly off his

wing.

0:50:120:50:16

Vunipola with a good pass, strength

from Ben Te'o in the centre. Mathieu

0:50:190:50:25

Bastareaud left on the ground. Jonny

May switches to the right-wing

0:50:250:50:30

today.

0:50:300:50:36

Inside the French 22. Courtney

Lawes.

0:50:360:50:45

England quite happy to come at

France around the fringes, straight

0:50:500:50:54

through the breakdown. Courtney

Lawes again. Joe Launchbury on his

0:50:540:51:01

shoulder, Maro Itoje over the ball.

0:51:010:51:03

Anthony Watson on the switch with

Jonny May on the 22.

0:51:050:51:11

Good passing and off-loading by the

tight England forwards, Chris

0:51:130:51:20

Robshaw from the back row goes to

ground.

0:51:200:51:24

Nathan Hughes. Another yard gained

beyond where he first made contact.

0:51:280:51:45

Vahaamahina got hands on it and it

has broken down for England but

0:51:450:51:48

Anthony Watson has a chance to

launch from the halfway line.

0:51:480:51:57

Guirado clamps over the ball. Cannot

stop England keeping possession.

0:51:570:52:03

No attempt to get the pass away this

time from Launchbury.

0:52:090:52:17

time from Launchbury. Bonneval

against Jonny May. That is a fairly

0:52:170:52:19

loose pass and Robshaw sees as the

ball. -- he seizes the ball.

0:52:190:52:30

Vunipola tackled by Camara.

0:52:300:52:38

It has been a theme of the

afternoon, plenty of this in Dublin

0:52:380:52:44

and congratulations to Ireland on

their bonus point win, Paul.

It was

0:52:440:52:49

an excellent win, Scotland butchered

a few chances which hurt their

0:52:490:52:53

belief a bit. It could have been a

much narrower margin and they could

0:52:530:52:57

have been in the game but towards

the end they were well out of it. I

0:52:570:53:02

think the performance last week at

Murrayfield, Ireland were forewarned

0:53:020:53:06

at the breakdown and they were ready

for the Scottish energy there.

0:53:060:53:10

England may have been forewarned at

the breakdown by Mathieu Bastareaud

0:53:100:53:14

because whatever he does not do as a

20 stone centre in terms of ballet

0:53:140:53:18

dancing he is a very strong man. He

has significant presence at the

0:53:180:53:25

breakdown. That was a good defensive

set from France because England had

0:53:250:53:28

a lot of possession and did not

really make much ground and France

0:53:280:53:31

have driven them backwards.

Itoje

gets hands to the ball and poaches

0:53:310:53:39

the French line-out so England back

in possession, plenty of this in the

0:53:390:53:42

opening eight minutes.

0:53:420:53:43

Well taken by Remy Grosso.

0:53:450:53:49

Francois Trinh-Duc for France.

Gabrillagues was almost facing his

0:53:510:53:59

own line when he took that.

0:53:590:54:03

Machenaud goes on the aerial route

and that has gone wrong again for

0:54:070:54:09

France. They are just being a bit

too methodical at the moment.

You

0:54:090:54:17

can have good or bad fortune from a

charge down. No real control on that

0:54:170:54:25

occasion they did not bounce for

England. More worrying for France

0:54:250:54:29

was the pass inside from Bonneval

who just hurled the ball seemingly

0:54:290:54:33

without regard.

Courtney Lawes won

the first stolen line-out, Maro

0:54:330:54:40

Itoje with that one.

0:54:400:54:48

Itoje again.

0:54:480:54:55

It is all defensive work for France.

0:54:550:55:04

George Ford buries himself with the

forwards again, Dan Cole playing

0:55:040:55:10

outside-half. Anthony Watson. The

slightest opportunity but no, say

0:55:100:55:18

the French defenders. Barral tried

to inject pace and determination.

0:55:180:55:24

This is Launchbury. -- Farrell.

0:55:240:55:31

This is Launchbury. -- Farrell. And

again it seems that Jaco Peyper is

0:55:310:55:36

going to demand instant release.

You

have got to get into the right body

0:55:360:55:44

position to take the man off the

ball, whether you do it by rolling

0:55:440:55:49

him or getting your shoulders

underneath, but you only get one

0:55:490:55:53

chance and you have to do it

quickly. If you get the initial

0:55:530:55:55

contact wrong, that is the result

was the best thing to do is to get

0:55:550:55:59

it done before it becomes a ruck.

But by the time these French players

0:55:590:56:05

get locks on the ball it is

difficult to get them off. Excellent

0:56:050:56:11

pressure on the French line-out.

Having Lawes in the back row who is

0:56:110:56:15

effectively a second row means they

can put a lot of pressure on the

0:56:150:56:18

French line-out.

That will be

difficult to affect, the clear out,

0:56:180:56:27

without rolling the player.

That is

Courtney Lawes again who has stolen

0:56:270:56:32

the French throw and France

seemingly cannot get their hands on

0:56:320:56:35

the ball at the moment. This is the

power and pace Ben Te'o. Advantage

0:56:350:56:40

England.

0:56:400:56:45

We had this in the Scottish game and

France against Scotland as well for

0:56:500:56:54

them if you're patient enough, the

French players will give you

0:56:540:56:59

opportunities, penalties, turning

the ball over and that is all

0:56:590:57:01

England have to do. Super thick, ten

metres out. Often that could be 22

0:57:010:57:08

metres out -- super kick. An

opportunity for the English forwards

0:57:080:57:13

to walk in and try to drive the

French over the line.

0:57:130:57:22

French over the line.

Vunipola comes

away with it. Ben Te'o takes on

0:57:220:57:25

Bastareaud. And delivers for Danny

Care. They go wide, it has gone

0:57:250:57:32

loose and France steal the ball with

Remy Grosso coming away with it.

0:57:320:57:40

England scurry back, good defensive

operation. Yacouba Camara, he had

0:57:400:57:45

had an excellent Six Nations so far

and this is one of the reasons, not

0:57:450:57:49

just a line-out jumper but good on

the ball. Bastareaud with a good

0:57:490:57:53

pass do Doumayrou. Owen Farrell

scrag is him.

0:57:530:58:02

Marco Tauleigne, the number eight.

Machenaud waiting. Trying to make

0:58:040:58:10

the point that England are lying on

the ball. The captain, Guirado. And

0:58:100:58:16

the giant Vahaamahina.

0:58:160:58:23

Doumayrou again. England trying to

go high to prevent the pass from the

0:58:230:58:30

tackle. Slimani has lost it. Danny

Care, will he keep it in field?

0:58:300:58:37

Bonneval is on his own. That is a

brilliant pick-up by Chris Robshaw.

0:58:370:58:46

The crowd don't like what happens to

Bonneval who is down on the ground.

0:58:460:58:53

I have to say, what a scoop off the

ground by the former England

0:58:530:58:57

captain.

It was, great dexterity.

0:58:570:59:02

Something and nothing.

Turnover by

England. They just can't give those

0:59:050:59:16

opportunities to France. I thought

the French attack was really good,

0:59:160:59:19

eventually nullified by a brilliant,

low chop tackle by Courtney Lawes

0:59:190:59:24

which is his specialty.

0:59:240:59:31

which is his specialty.

That is the

sort of thing that sticks on the

0:59:310:59:34

training ground and not under

pressure. For all that Camara does

0:59:340:59:38

here, and all the metres he makes,

that ball after the initial contact

0:59:380:59:46

needs to be moved into space, not

for players to run into.

A change

0:59:460:59:54

for France. Hugo Bonneval has to go

off. Gael Fickou comes on. They had

0:59:541:00:02

not lost any pace.

1:00:021:00:05

Jacques Brunel with the moustache in

the middle. Recalled to coach France

1:00:111:00:16

just when he might have been

slipping out of the limelight.

1:00:161:00:25

Penalty to France.

An important

line-out here to France. They have

1:00:281:00:36

lost three in a row. They have to do

something simple.

They looked to the

1:00:361:00:46

middle, then they went long.

Something a little bit simpler. They

1:00:461:00:52

just have to keep it simple and wait

for England to give them an

1:00:521:00:56

opportunity. Don't force it, wait

until England give them an

1:00:561:01:00

opportunity.

1:01:001:01:05

Tauleigne wins for France. Does an

about turn to provide possession for

1:01:111:01:20

Machenaud. And a nice pick-up by

Camara. Robshaw makes the tackle.

1:01:201:01:30

Camara. Robshaw makes the tackle.

I

don't think Jaco Peyper wanted to

1:01:321:01:34

give another penalty away at the

breakdown. There have been so many.

1:01:341:01:39

It is a good position for scrum,

Brian?

Both sides are open.

1:01:391:01:47

This is Jefferson Poirot.

Bastareaud

is such a big threat. You can't not

1:01:521:02:07

cover him. If they overcome it and

you are sensible, there should be

1:02:071:02:11

space.

Ben Te'o swapped with George

Ford. It was Bastareaud against

1:02:111:02:18

Ford.

That is wise.

Do you imagine

France will go for another

1:02:181:02:24

scrummage?

I would think so.

1:02:241:02:32

The French half-backs, Maxime

Machenaud and Francois Trinh Duc.

1:02:371:02:46

Just watching Francois Trinh Duc go

quite a long way which makes it

1:02:461:02:54

think it might come to Bastareaud.

And interesting call from an English

1:02:541:03:01

back saying we are giving a kick

away.

He looks for Machenaud. It was

1:03:011:03:08

overdone.

That was never going to

work because of the sweeping system

1:03:081:03:17

in operation.

We are underway

immediately. Danny Care who was the

1:03:171:03:23

sweeper looks up. Oh and Farrell

leads the charge. I missed

1:03:231:03:26

clearance. Courtney Lawes. -- Owain

Farrell.

1:03:261:03:36

Vunipola has had a lot of

possession.

1:03:371:03:41

Little bit slowed up then. Here

comes Joe Launchbury.

1:03:451:03:54

comes Joe Launchbury. Guirado over

the ball and he wins the penalty for

1:03:541:03:57

France.

This is something England

will have to deal with all day. The

1:03:571:04:02

England front row are excellent at

the ruck. They are very big men.

1:04:021:04:06

Once they get locked on that is

impossible to move them. You need to

1:04:061:04:11

target those guys. That's scrum

attack from France was so

1:04:111:04:16

disappointing. They are ten metres

from the England line and they go

1:04:161:04:21

for a 50-50 ball. If they hang onto

the ball, they may not score a try

1:04:211:04:26

but at least they have a shot at a

penalty or at least some points on

1:04:261:04:30

the board.

1:04:301:04:35

the board. They have got to offer

something better than that for the

1:04:391:04:42

attack.

Do you think they were going

for the double bluff?

No, I don't

1:04:421:04:44

think so. It was just a poor

tactical option, to be fair.

This

1:04:441:04:48

area has not gone well for France

either.

1:04:481:04:57

either. Robshaw was on it. He slaps

his hands together. So close.

It is

1:04:571:05:03

one of the things that Robshaw maybe

gets criticism for. He does make

1:05:031:05:09

intercepts. He blocks down kickers

and he does add a few poachers.

He

1:05:091:05:17

is a phenomenally hard-working

player.

He contributes a lot more

1:05:171:05:21

than just breakdowns at the ruck. He

is a very clever player. He does not

1:05:211:05:27

get as much credit as he deserves.

France would have been in trouble.

1:05:271:05:32

Trinh Duc has gone right behind the

scrummage. He goes into an

1:05:411:05:45

unorthodox position waiting for the

release from the scrummage. Again,

1:05:451:05:54

it is a penalty against France. The

line-out is not going well and the

1:05:541:05:58

scrum is not going well.

1:05:581:06:05

scrum is not going well.

Slimani

penalised for dropping.

He is

1:06:051:06:08

obviously a highly rated prop in the

Top 14 but I do think his struggles

1:06:081:06:13

in the Six Nations.

1:06:131:06:18

in the Six Nations.

Elliot Daly back

in the game.

1:06:191:06:27

Vunipola is well out and angled

there. That is what Slimani is

1:06:321:06:37

complaining about.

1:06:371:06:41

Elliot Daly, it is high. And very

long as well. A brilliant kick by

1:06:481:06:57

Elliot Daly. Welcome back to the

international scene. Elliot Daly's

1:06:571:07:02

penalty puts England 6-0 ahead.

A

massive weapon for a team to have.

1:07:021:07:09

To get a penalty five metres in your

own half and

1:07:091:07:16

own half and to get three points out

of it, so important.

Two penalties

1:07:161:07:23

conceded.

1:07:231:07:26

Courtney Lawes tries to make an

extra half yard. George Ford,

1:07:351:07:38

Farrell with the kicking option.

1:07:381:07:46

Camara, gone loose. Now it is in the

hands of Benjamin Fall. Jamie George

1:07:561:08:03

house to make a second tackle on the

French wing. France is now looking

1:08:031:08:08

for the off-loads from their

forwards.

1:08:081:08:13

This is Lauret. You have to be

careful here because play approaches

1:08:191:08:26

an injured player. Mathieu

Bastareaud. It is a foul. Making

1:08:261:08:34

Hughes still down. -- Nathan Hughes.

France have gone seven aside all of

1:08:341:08:43

a sudden.

1:08:431:08:44

Guirado, twists, turns, delivers

again for Machenaud. Problem is that

1:08:591:09:06

the set piece. But Burns France are

penalty.

That is what the pace of

1:09:061:09:15

Gael Fickou does. When he makes that

break, he advances the opposition,

1:09:151:09:21

back foot, dead ball, offside. That

does not look good at all bad.

1:09:211:09:27

England cannot recreate and then

they get penalised.

1:09:271:09:35

they get penalised. When Bastareaud

takes the ball forward, eventually

1:09:351:09:37

he gets brought down, but the

backline and the back foot defence

1:09:371:09:45

have time to reorganise. When you

take it forward with pace like Gael

1:09:451:09:50

Fickou did, then people cut corners

and they get caught as they did

1:09:501:09:54

there.

Sam Simmons waits and looks

on as Nathan Hughes tries to put

1:09:541:10:01

some weight on. Oh, no, it is not

good. He is coming off. He had a

1:10:011:10:08

long battle to get himself back into

the game and it has come to naught.

1:10:081:10:13

Nathan Hughes goes off and on comes

Sam Simmons who is a very different

1:10:131:10:19

kind of player. Very quick out in

the wider channels.

He is dextrous

1:10:191:10:26

and as we have shown when he put

Jack Nowell away for a try against

1:10:261:10:34

Italy, a good footballer.

It is a

very muted atmosphere here. It is as

1:10:341:10:42

if the crowd are waiting for the

French team to serve something up.

1:10:421:10:47

They are here to watch and not

support the team. It is a nervous

1:10:471:10:53

lacking in confidence type of crowd.

When you look at the standard and

1:10:531:11:01

the style of play, there is not much

to cheer about.

Maxime Machenaud,

1:11:011:11:09

before this game started,

statistically the most accurate

1:11:091:11:13

kicker. Strangely, Owen Farrell was

the least accurate.

1:11:131:11:22

Machenaud puts France on the board.

His stats only improve.

1:11:221:11:33

In Ireland, the tradition is dead

silence which I think its more

1:11:391:11:43

off-putting for a kicker.

Machenaud

was the player coming forward and he

1:11:431:11:49

had every right to claim it, but it

was nearly a moment Twenty20 players

1:11:491:11:55

and the ball collided. This is

Poirot the prop, inside his own 22.

1:11:551:12:02

-- nearly a moment when two players

collided.

1:12:021:12:07

Good clearance.

1:12:091:12:14

You have to say irrespective of the

possession and the number of phases

1:12:221:12:26

they had, England have not created

much.

1:12:261:12:31

It is still in play. Grosso has to

get back quickly. That ball had a

1:12:391:12:44

little bit of spin on it. He kept

his eye on it well, the left-winger.

1:12:441:12:50

That is the first time we have seen

France really stretched.

1:12:501:13:01

The French of is slow at the

kick-off.

Launchbury goes up well.

1:13:071:13:17

Sam Simmonds now in possession.

Gabrillagues has given away a

1:13:171:13:26

penalty for collapsing the maul.

1:13:261:13:32

Advantage still being played as

Jamie George takes on Bastareaud.

1:13:461:13:55

That is what they call a coach

killer. No real danger there. No

1:13:551:13:59

need to do that. When you are only

three points down, and the game has

1:13:591:14:07

not been a big scoring game, and

this could be the difference, that

1:14:071:14:12

sort of ill discipline must be

infuriated for a coach.

In Rugby, it

1:14:121:14:17

is inevitable you will give away a

few penalties, it is impossible not

1:14:171:14:22

to. I think the French seem to give

away so many unnecessary penalties.

1:14:221:14:29

I understand Farrell's numbers have

not been amazing this season but by

1:14:291:14:34

and large he is an excellent kicker

and Elliot Daly is an excellent

1:14:341:14:39

long-range cooker. You cannot give

away those penalties. I think it

1:14:391:14:43

goes back to the Top 14 and the

habits the French players bring back

1:14:431:14:47

into the Championship.

1:14:471:14:50

Very sweetly struck. Not many

minutes after France scored their

1:15:151:15:23

that list points, England keep their

lead at six.

1:15:231:15:27

Launchbury again. A different type

of catch but just as secure.

1:15:461:15:56

Marco are macro, takes on Jonny May.

Courtney Lawes clattered off there.

1:16:041:16:16

So we have an advantage for offside.

France with a free play now... Oh,

1:16:231:16:27

dear. It lacks a certain continuity

at the moment.

Yes, penalty count

1:16:271:16:38

now, 6-5 in France's favour and it

is very stop start. France have

1:16:381:16:45

struggled at the line-out. Whenever

they have got these penalties and an

1:16:451:16:48

opportunity down they have not been

able to make it count.

1:16:481:16:54

There is slow getting into the

line-out, the French.

Where do we

1:17:011:17:08

throw this one?

Just keep it simple

and get it to the front. If it has

1:17:081:17:13

collapsed and it is on the ground,

at least if you have possession, you

1:17:131:17:19

have a chance.

They have kept it

simple again. Here it comes, Mathieu

1:17:191:17:25

Bastareaud on the charge. It does

take two to hold him down. Jamie

1:17:251:17:32

George with the tackle. Ben Te'o.

Machenaud goes digging. Camara.

1:17:321:17:45

Machenaud goes digging. Camara. Neat

footwork by Tauleigne again.

1:17:461:17:50

Trinh-Duc gives it pace and finds

Benjamin Fall.

1:18:001:18:07

Benjamin Fall. Picked up by France.

The crowd tells you ever think.

1:18:071:18:14

The crowd tells you ever think. The

captain twists, turns. Pushes it

1:18:151:18:16

back. Machenaud has to play it

quickly. Hesitation. It is a simple

1:18:161:18:26

knock-on. What a disappointment.

They were playing a penalty

1:18:261:18:33

advantage, but even so, Brian.

The

lack of communication.

1:18:331:18:45

lack of communication. Machenaud

wanting it to go forward but not

1:18:451:18:48

paying attention to the ball at his

feet. And again, what France is

1:18:481:18:52

trying to do is very limited, very

powerful, very difficult to stop

1:18:521:18:59

unless you are an international

defence and are set.

I dead think

1:18:591:19:04

the tackle was bad, I thought it was

simple and effective, they did not

1:19:041:19:08

force any off-loads.

The crowd have

just seen Maro Itoje's tackle.

A

1:19:081:19:17

nice simple line-out from France

there. Go to the front, the tall

1:19:171:19:21

man.

1:19:211:19:28

man.

That his Mathieu Bastareaud in

slow motion, attacking the Ford

1:19:281:19:33

Farrell channel which is supposed to

be the weakest access in the English

1:19:331:19:36

defence. Funnily enough, it turns

out not to be so.

1:19:361:19:48

Machenaud. Precision itself. It was

close. Just a reminder to make the

1:19:551:20:08

big showdown, England Ireland in the

last round, the title decider,

1:20:081:20:13

England have to get a bonus point

here.

They do, but they should not

1:20:131:20:19

be concentrating on anything other

than winning this game.

1:20:191:20:25

I called Mathieu Bastareaud Mario, I

apologise, that was my fault.

I have

1:20:291:20:37

heard you say worse!

1:20:371:20:45

It is a chance for Sam Simmonds to

launch something. He goes by the

1:20:471:20:53

Anthony Watson route who sets off,

the searing pace of England's

1:20:531:20:56

fullback. George Ford did very well

to make something out of that. Here

1:20:561:21:03

goes Ben Te'o. He runs into

Bastareaud.

1:21:031:21:08

Jonny May with Anthony Watson. That

was a brilliant tackle by Machenaud.

1:21:251:21:35

Danny Care. Watson on his shoulder.

That was Guilhem Guirado, the

1:21:351:21:42

competition's leading tackler who

brought down the wing. George Ford.

1:21:421:21:47

Jonny May in the heart of midfield.

1:22:011:22:05

It has broken down. Camara comes

away with it. Laurent waits, leaves

1:22:141:22:19

it. Another penalty advantage for

France. Grosso, who has got a huge

1:22:191:22:31

hand off if he gets a bit of

freedom. I thought they had stolen

1:22:311:22:35

it but they were not playing the

penalty advantage so the penalty

1:22:351:22:40

fest continues.

England have given

France plenty of opportunities to

1:22:401:22:45

get into their half and get into

their pressure area. They seem to be

1:22:451:22:50

struggling at the ruck where never

France get a little bit of quick

1:22:501:22:56

ball. You would love to see France

kick this into the corner and try

1:22:561:23:01

and play a little bit. A great

pick-up by Jamie George. Excellent

1:23:011:23:07

pick-up. This is the tackle here

from Machenaud. Jonny May, it was

1:23:071:23:12

fairly obvious he was going to run

hard and straight straightaway. A

1:23:121:23:16

really good tackle.

1:23:161:23:24

And the tackler picks himself up,

looks at the posts, quite a long way

1:23:271:23:32

away and says that is for me. Two

out of two so far.

1:23:321:23:44

This to level the scores. We are all

square.

1:24:001:24:10

square.

Well, England find

themselves with a narrow lead, but

1:24:101:24:13

really with the second half, when

they get back out here, they need to

1:24:131:24:17

up the tempo of the game.

They

really need to switch France in

1:24:171:24:22

terms of the pace on the ball. With

this sort of tempo, France will

1:24:221:24:32

always be in the game.

1:24:321:24:35

Bastareaud tried to launch himself

at George Ford. Courtney Lawes was

1:24:391:24:44

hanging on. Just went forward from

the number seven.

This could be

1:24:441:24:56

England's last territorial advantage

of the half, so they really need to

1:24:561:24:59

plan to come out of this possession

from the scrum with at least three

1:24:591:25:04

points.

Elliot Daly is hobbling

away, still limping. This is Camara

1:25:041:25:11

just knocking on. I suppose it would

have been an overlap.

1:25:111:25:18

have been an overlap.

I know we want

to see the France of old, but there

1:25:231:25:26

was no need for them to create

anything in that part of the pitch.

1:25:261:25:30

You have to play the game as much as

you can in your half of the pitch.

1:25:301:25:35

There is no need to be going back

and across in front of a team like

1:25:351:25:40

England and put your skill set under

pressure.

Elliot Daly has taken a

1:25:401:25:45

position right hand the scrum. Maybe

he was limping for bluff purposes.

1:25:451:25:54

Vunipola did start off straight,

Slimani on the contact. Narrowing

1:25:541:26:02

down again.

1:26:021:26:09

The reason he does that from tight

head, if you can bet your right

1:26:091:26:13

shoulder down, it takes all the

shove and all the weight over your

1:26:131:26:18

left shoulder. It is a very, very

strong position. It anchors the

1:26:181:26:24

scrum.

The French back row will be

worrying about staying down on this

1:26:241:26:34

scrum too long. Everybody is

claiming the penalty. Guilhem

1:26:341:26:41

Guirado in particular. Of what them

all, he has the right as captain.

1:26:411:26:50

This is being reset. There is a

penalty in every scrum. It takes a

1:26:501:26:54

lot of momentum out of the game.

Third time lucky, hopefully, for

1:26:541:26:59

this scrum.

If you watch at the top

of your screen, see if the players

1:26:591:27:13

are straight parallel to the

touchline. They wed be, I guarantee

1:27:131:27:17

you later on.

Good so far.

And as

the shove comes on, you can see they

1:27:171:27:25

have twisted.

As a rule of thumb, if

the tight head tends to be the one

1:27:251:27:34

who goes in first under pressure?

Generally. From a loosehead point of

1:27:341:27:40

view, if you are in the second row

and you have nothing left to push,

1:27:401:27:47

it is not an advantage as position.

If the second row has nothing to

1:27:471:27:54

push any, there is no real

advantage. The advantage of a

1:27:541:27:58

loosehead going out is if he gets

under the right shoulder of the

1:27:581:28:01

tight head or drives straight

across, but just to do it very

1:28:011:28:05

slowly brings nothing. It actually

brings quite a lot of pain to the

1:28:051:28:11

hooker.

The referee needs to

penalised some of the early and

1:28:111:28:14

often.

He should say if you don't

get this right, you could both go

1:28:141:28:21

off and we will get two people who

can do it right.

And we play on.

1:28:211:28:26

Elliot Daly picks it up. Does not

get over the advantage line. George

1:28:261:28:34

Ford, Ben Te'o. Outside him, England

know they must regroup quickly. Here

1:28:341:28:40

comes Courtney Lawes. It has gone

loose. France with a chance to break

1:28:401:28:45

out now. Doumayrou with Bastareaud

and support. That was not one of his

1:28:451:28:51

best. On that note... That is the

end of the first half. The score at

1:28:511:29:03

half-time, and it has been a funny

one, 9-9.

1:29:031:29:14

Not a great spectacle that you can't

take your eyes off it which might be

1:29:141:29:21

contradictory but it is coming down

to who can kick the penalties at the

1:29:211:29:25

moment. Elliot Daly with that

amazing strike from inside his own

1:29:251:29:28

half. Machenaud has kept kicking the

ball over while England have

1:29:281:29:35

infringed, especially at the

breakdown. Farrell with a third,

1:29:351:29:39

Machenaud with two more and we are

level pegging at half-time.

1:29:391:29:47

It is like we are five rounds into a

ten round boxing competition and

1:29:471:29:51

everybody has landed the same amount

of punches and you can't tell who is

1:29:511:29:55

in the ascendancy. Martin Johnson?

1:29:551:29:57

of punches and you can't tell who is

in the ascendancy. Martin Johnson?

1:29:571:30:01

Scrappy game, England are not

particularly fluent and France are

1:30:011:30:03

getting some of their best

opportunities when England turn it

1:30:031:30:05

over. I thought we should have just

dropped the goal, get off the field

1:30:051:30:10

with the advantage. We're not

getting over the gain line when

1:30:101:30:13

we're attacking and running out of

fluency because they are good

1:30:131:30:16

defenders and good at the breakdown.

Our line-out is in the ascendancy,

1:30:161:30:22

we can put them under pressure that

way.

Before we talk specifics,

1:30:221:30:26

Veretout that England did not come

into this match they would have

1:30:261:30:29

known that island won with a bonus

point, Inler have come into the

1:30:291:30:34

match to win the game and not

thinking about the bonus point.

1:30:341:30:37

There only concern is the victory,

then the performance and then the

1:30:371:30:42

bonus point and you're still in with

a shout. I think the England attack

1:30:421:30:48

is so passive. There is no great

direction, no force and intensity in

1:30:481:30:54

the game. If I'm Eddie Jones, that's

what I'm telling the team at

1:30:541:30:59

half-time. We talked about this, you

were mentally off the pace against

1:30:591:31:03

Scotland. You haven't come here with

a lot of intensity so far, your

1:31:031:31:07

execution has been pretty sad as

well.

What about France?

To be

1:31:071:31:12

honest we looked more dangerous with

England -- of an England with the

1:31:121:31:17

ball. We lost three line-ups,

penalised twice in the scrum so we

1:31:171:31:22

need more ball but in attack, we

look good, and in the ruck we are

1:31:221:31:29

faster. When we have some quick ball

we looked dangerous. I don't know if

1:31:291:31:34

we can carry this tempo for 80

minutes.

We can focus on specific

1:31:341:31:39

we can carry this tempo for 80

minutes.

We can focus on specific

1:31:391:31:39

areas like the breakdown which was

the big talking point at Murrayfield

1:31:391:31:43

and again here where England have

conceded a barrel load of penalties.

1:31:431:31:47

Why?

It is a result of the function

of the attack, Launchbury is by

1:31:471:31:53

himself. We were a bit slow to get

there and he does not have support.

1:31:531:31:58

When you let someone get over the

ball, particularly someone like

1:31:581:32:01

Bastareaud, it is difficult to get

him out of there.

England at the

1:32:011:32:05

breakdown tend to go in, teams have

pods of three or two and England

1:32:051:32:14

generally go in with two. As Paul

O'Connell said before the game, if

1:32:141:32:20

you only have two you are relying on

one man to clear out so brilliantly.

1:32:201:32:25

It is difficult in today's game.

And

the support is too far away. We have

1:32:251:32:31

a lot of guys good in the breakdown

and if you are too far to clean, it

1:32:311:32:35

is finished.

1:32:351:32:37

For people who

1:32:371:32:38

For people who are not regular

watchers of rugby but who know the

1:32:381:32:43

game enough, they will look at the

England backs and go forward, good

1:32:431:32:47

player, Farrell, outstanding, and

they know that Brown has been

1:32:471:32:51

dropped because we have this dynamic

backstreet -- George Ford, good

1:32:511:32:56

player. Why is the England back

three do so in it?

1:32:561:32:59

player. Why is the England back

three do so in it?

They like to get

1:32:591:33:01

into positions where they can use

the access of Ford and Farrell to

1:33:011:33:05

great effect. Your first Cole and he

is not runout as using the ball

1:33:051:33:13

well! -- not renowned. They are

rushing it a bit here, Owen Farrell

1:33:131:33:18

is normally accurate but inaccurate

there. What disappoints me more

1:33:181:33:23

about this England team at the

moment, and a lot of international

1:33:231:33:28

teams are guilty of it, but look how

far they are running across, the

1:33:281:33:33

concentration of defenders. If they

strike up and the outside guys come

1:33:331:33:36

in on a short line there are so many

gaps. If you are a wind up on the

1:33:361:33:40

outside you can go into one of those

gaps -- you are a winger. It makes

1:33:401:33:49

it easy for you to be Shepherd

1:33:491:33:51

gaps -- you are a winger. It makes

it easy for you to be Shepherd at a

1:33:511:33:52

cost to the touchline. The execution

is very amateurish at the moment.

1:33:521:33:57

Normally they are precise in the

first phase. But they don't arrive

1:33:571:34:02

to go forward with a quick ball. And

also in attack, some them there are

1:34:021:34:07

five in the ruck, sometimes one.

Because they are on the back foot

1:34:071:34:12

and also because the French team are

strong in defence at the moment.

1:34:121:34:16

England scored a brilliant try

against Scotland from the set piece,

1:34:161:34:21

Farrell at scrum-half, they went to

the middle, quick ball and back to

1:34:211:34:25

Farrell and he ghosted past

Gilchrist. They have the

1:34:251:34:28

intelligence and the wherewithal to

do it but they are not applying

1:34:281:34:31

themselves. It is disappointing when

you have the excitement of May, the

1:34:311:34:36

brilliance of Elliot Daly and the

pace of Watson and Te'o to

1:34:361:34:40

straighten it up and give you space.

If it's two nervous teams as well?

1:34:401:34:46

England off the back of the Scotland

defeat, France have lost three in a

1:34:461:34:50

row here at Stade de France and have

an appalling record in the past

1:34:501:34:53

couple of years and they know how

important it is to win.

I think it

1:34:531:34:57

is two tense teams but you have to

execute and get into the game.

1:34:571:35:00

France have a good defence, not a

great team but very good

1:35:001:35:06

defensively. England could use their

kicking game early more and have a

1:35:061:35:10

line-out drive for some variation.

It is the same thing and France are

1:35:101:35:14

getting up and making tackles and it

is not difficult to see where they

1:35:141:35:16

are coming from and they're getting

turnovers. England have to very it.

1:35:161:35:21

And with more intensity. Both teams

are plodding.

The game is in marked

1:35:211:35:26

contrast to the game in Dublin where

Ireland and Scotland had so much

1:35:261:35:31

invention and innovation. What about

the error was France are making in

1:35:311:35:34

simple positions sometimes?

1:35:341:35:35

the error was France are making in

simple positions sometimes?

One time

1:35:351:35:37

they had a scrum in midfield close

to the line. And this was terrible,

1:35:371:35:42

50-50, you have to keep the ball.

You must never give it like this. We

1:35:421:35:48

need one extra forward to give some

time to Machenaud. We need to be a

1:35:481:35:54

bit more patient. We are in the

strike zone here. We dropped the

1:35:541:36:00

ball. Then we are in the England 22.

Too many small mistakes. But to be

1:36:001:36:07

honest, normally when you do this

against England you are 20 points

1:36:071:36:12

behind. They make these mistakes but

at the moment it is a draw also it

1:36:121:36:16

is hope for the French team in the

second half.

1:36:161:36:21

England Mane three line-ups on the

French throw in succession so is

1:36:211:36:25

that brilliant from England or poor

from France? -- England won three

1:36:251:36:30

line-outs.

It was good analysis and

good execution. There were not

1:36:301:36:36

lucky, they were in the right place.

They have done

1:36:361:36:38

lucky, they were in the right place.

They have done their analysis and

1:36:381:36:40

picked the right line-outs. When

they forced France to throw to the

1:36:401:36:45

front, they're not giving them that

back ball to attack. It kept England

1:36:451:36:49

in the game, the set piece turnovers

and scrum penalties.

Another

1:36:491:36:54

question we

1:36:541:36:55

and scrum penalties.

Another

question we must ask, in the run-up

1:36:551:36:58

to this matter, if Dylan Hartley

have been playing we would have been

1:36:581:37:00

talking about him going off after 55

minutes and Jamie George coming but

1:37:001:37:05

with George starting, interesting

see how long he plays with the Eddie

1:37:051:37:11

Jones philosophy of rotating

players.

Eddie Jones does not

1:37:111:37:15

believe any front row can last the

full 80 minutes. They all change

1:37:151:37:21

most of the time. I think Jamie

George is that a young man, we have

1:37:211:37:25

seen him play so brilliantly on the

Lions tour and most of the time when

1:37:251:37:29

he has come on he has been one of

those finishers who has had an

1:37:291:37:33

impact but he has to do it from the

off now. The weather England are

1:37:331:37:37

playing, nobody is playing well,

nobody has the energy -- the wake in

1:37:371:37:41

the Na playing. Nobody has the

explosion to show they can do

1:37:411:37:45

something with a bald -- of the way

England are playing.

1:37:451:37:52

I think England have some good

options on the bench, Sinckler when

1:37:521:37:55

he comes on at tight head. I would

leave Jamie George on because he

1:37:551:38:00

needs to play and you need to find

out... If we detach ourselves from

1:38:001:38:06

right here and right now, a year

away from the World Cup we have to

1:38:061:38:09

find out about these guys so I would

leave him on. It is the sort of game

1:38:091:38:13

that either team can win will stop

you have defined the way to win it,,

1:38:131:38:17

it could come down to drop goals.

These guys need to find a way to win

1:38:171:38:22

the game. It does not matter how,

just win it and gets to next week.

1:38:221:38:27

We are halfway through the fourth

round of the men's championship, one

1:38:271:38:30

more half here and tomorrow it is

Wales against Italy in Cardiff and

1:38:301:38:34

it is also the fourth weekend of the

women's championship.

1:38:341:38:43

# Acting on your best behaviour

# Turn your back on mother nature

1:39:021:39:09

# Everybody wants to rule the world

#.

1:39:091:39:15

You can watch highlights from Round

4 of the women's Six Nations

1:39:181:39:22

tomorrow night.

1:39:221:39:23

4 of the women's Six Nations

tomorrow night. We have the rugby

1:39:231:39:28

union weekly available from Monday,

Wales against Italy is tomorrow on

1:39:281:39:32

BBC One and another documentary

which I have not seen but I have

1:39:321:39:35

been told is riveting, rugby

codebreakers, the story of Welsh

1:39:351:39:40

players who became pariahs in their

own country after swapping union for

1:39:401:39:43

rugby league.

1:39:431:39:45

At the Aviva Stadium in Dublin,

Ireland took an almighty step to

1:39:481:39:55

becoming champions with four tries

in a victory over Scotland.

1:39:551:39:58

COMMENTATOR: Laidlaw feeding Russell

and out quite again and there is the

1:39:581:40:05

danger and the interception! There

is the try for Ireland and Stockdale

1:40:051:40:11

scores once more. The Scottish

defence made to work hard again,

1:40:111:40:19

Ringrose, on the loop and out wide

to Stockdale! His second!

1:40:191:40:24

Murray looks for it and goes now

himself and driven to the line and

1:40:271:40:32

he gets it down! The try is given.

Number three for Ireland. They might

1:40:321:40:38

have a penalty coming. Stuart Hogg

this time, the pass add to Kinghorn

1:40:381:40:46

who gets it down from Maitland and

the try is given with Scotland

1:40:461:40:50

fighting back. Now Ireland hunting

that force try. CJ Stander takes it.

1:40:501:41:00

The crowd willing on the men in

green. Still they come and the try

1:41:001:41:06

surely for Cronin! The force try

which may yet bring the title for

1:41:061:41:13

Ireland.

1:41:131:41:14

STUDIO: The odds on Ireland

1:41:171:41:19

STUDIO: The odds on Ireland becoming

champions have shortened

1:41:191:41:23

considerably, meaning England not

only have to win here but they have

1:41:231:41:26

to score four tries if the match

next week, it is never a dead

1:41:261:41:31

rubber, but it will mean that from

an Irish perspective it is all on

1:41:311:41:36

Ireland to see if they can secure

the Grand Slam.

1:41:361:41:39

England have scored one try in the

last 180 minutes of international

1:41:421:41:46

rugby because...?

That attack has

not been fluent, the breakdown has

1:41:461:41:51

been difficult to win, turning the

ball over will stop you get what you

1:41:511:41:54

get. I would change the game a bit,

go to the line-out drive, something

1:41:541:42:02

different, pinned back France. We

know France, they've done it

1:42:021:42:06

already, they will throw some balls,

you might have to turn this into

1:42:061:42:10

tries and maybe we should have done

better at that already but you have

1:42:101:42:14

to squeeze them. That does not mean

carrying the ball endlessly until we

1:42:141:42:18

turn it over.

You have to be razor

sharp in first phase and were not

1:42:181:42:22

doing that. Then you are lying...

You want quick ball. None of the

1:42:221:42:28

forwards none of the ball carriers

are running with enough energy to

1:42:281:42:31

get over the gain line and blast

defenders out of the way. They are

1:42:311:42:36

plodding and that is allowing the

French defenders to come in and slow

1:42:361:42:39

it down. They have to be more

explosive and get the quick ball and

1:42:391:42:43

the quicker runners in the wide

channels. We have hardly seen an

1:42:431:42:46

attack found this 15 metre channels

for that if not talking about four

1:42:461:42:51

tries from an English perspective,

do England over the drop goal?

In

1:42:511:42:55

this situation in a tight game

points begun Ingrid be valuable.

1:42:551:43:01

Maybe at the end they should have

done that -- points begun incredibly

1:43:011:43:06

valuable. The French defence is good

and if you are not on song, go do

1:43:061:43:11

something else, there's a different

way to play the game than doing the

1:43:111:43:15

same thing again for that before the

match began we said how important it

1:43:151:43:20

was for France to win the game not

to the team but for the game in the

1:43:201:43:22

country.

1:43:221:43:25

What tactics can we expect from

France in the second half?

I think

1:43:251:43:30

carry on like this, to be more

precise on the set piece and after

1:43:301:43:34

that we have a strong bench with

young talent. They need to bring

1:43:341:43:40

something different in the last 20

minutes.

It will be intriguing to

1:43:401:43:44

see what pans out. The players are

back on the field. Nine points each.

1:43:441:43:50

What more could you want for the

early evening sitting in front of

1:43:501:43:56

the telly the next 40 minutes? Which

way will this match swing? Let's

1:43:561:44:01

rejoin Eddie Butler.

1:44:011:44:03

COMMENTATOR: Thank you, John, no

changes at half-time, Sam Simmonds

1:44:051:44:10

is still on for Nathan Hughes. Gael

Fickou is on for France. No more

1:44:101:44:17

replacements at half-time. 9-

1:44:171:44:25

9-9, three penalties each, no real

sign of a try. Jaco Peyper blows his

1:44:251:44:31

whistle and George Ford ticks

towards Gael Fickou and challenge

1:44:311:44:37

from Elliot Daly.

1:44:371:44:40

It inside.

Chris Robshaw tries to

make life difficult for Machenaud.

1:44:521:45:05

Good, simple rugby from France,

taking the kick-off, good catch from

1:45:051:45:10

Gael Fickou, set up the work and

excellent exit from Maxime

1:45:101:45:14

Machenaud. England try to put pace

on the game which I think is

1:45:141:45:18

important for them in the second

half.

No pace there. That was

1:45:181:45:23

Mathieu Bastareaud doing what he

does!

1:45:231:45:27

Simmons presenting for Danny Care.

That is a bit too long and it allows

1:45:311:45:39

Benjamin Fall to come away with it.

This is Grosso getting the big

1:45:391:45:48

handoff working. They now go aerial.

Sam Simmonds read it well.

1:45:481:46:01

Gael Fickou manages to hold the

Exeter player.

1:46:011:46:11

Slightly slow for Danny Care. Again

we go into the air. No real

1:46:131:46:22

challenge again on Fall. Nothing to

the left of Machenaud. Tamara. --

1:46:221:46:31

Camara.

1:46:311:46:36

Camara. Anthony Watson waiting.

That

is too far.

It allows Anthony Watson

1:46:371:46:41

to set off, tackled by Gabrillagues.

1:46:411:46:46

Robshaw. George Ford, Sam Simmonds

and again, the tackle of Bastareaud.

1:46:481:47:03

Slimani novel the first time gives

away the penalty. Sebastien

1:47:031:47:08

Vahaamahina gave away so many in the

opening game and it seems to be

1:47:081:47:12

Rabah Slimani's day to give away

penalties. It's your prop.

1:47:121:47:18

Absolutely no need for that penalty.

As we said earlier, some penalties

1:47:181:47:22

in Rugby Art inevitable and

unavoidable but that is completely

1:47:221:47:29

avoidable. -- some penalties are

inevitable. It puts his team under

1:47:291:47:34

pressure.

That is a good touch find.

Significant pressure now, if England

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can maintain their discipline.

1:47:411:47:47

can maintain their discipline. In

forming and driving this line-out.

1:47:471:47:51

It was a very good tackle,

technically as well as powerfully.

1:47:511:47:56

Secure line-out for England.

1:47:561:48:02

Secure line-out for England. Danny

Care points Danny Care the way of

1:48:021:48:06

the maul, France trying to counter

as it goes to ground. Vunipola

1:48:061:48:11

trying to get his feet dancing and a

handoff. Dan Cole. A chance for

1:48:111:48:18

England, Danny Care.

1:48:181:48:22

Going nowhere.

1:48:221:48:27

Dan Cole tackled by Doumayrou, the

ball is gone loose but play on. Joe

1:48:271:48:33

Launchbury going nowhere.

1:48:331:48:35

Vunipola. Bastareaud is over the

ball.

We talked at half-time, the

1:48:371:48:48

lack of planning. If George Ford is

the first player into that ruck, he

1:48:481:48:51

is not going to move Mathieu

Bastareaud who is 20 stone. He has

1:48:511:48:57

to be helped.

One of the thing about

this work is Jefferson Poirot is

1:48:571:49:03

lying on the ground, the French

prop, and it is hard for George Ford

1:49:031:49:07

to get in on Bastareaud. I don't

think he was ever going to shift him

1:49:071:49:11

anyway, such a big man and once he

is clamped on the board in the ruck

1:49:111:49:15

it is very hard to move him. -- on

the ball. You have to get it done

1:49:151:49:21

before he gets on the ball because

when he gets on it it is game over.

1:49:211:49:26

Fairly static from England there.

1:49:261:49:29

This was the successful start of the

England operation, this is the less

1:49:331:49:38

than successful ending as Bastareaud

gets those giant tattooed arms into

1:49:381:49:44

position. This is a danger area for

France. Vahaamahina wins it. They

1:49:441:49:51

give a little bit but Corrado... --

Guirado tries to sort things out. It

1:49:511:50:01

has come out loose again. France

cannot get the platform.

1:50:011:50:07

Doumayrou charged up and managed to

stop England. Owen Farrell switches

1:50:091:50:13

to Itoje.

1:50:131:50:19

to Itoje. Counter rucking by France

but Danny Care has it. Sam Simmonds.

1:50:201:50:28

Thrown back, Francois Trinh-Duc, the

outside-half involved. Counter

1:50:281:50:33

rucking by France and penalty

against England.

They are causing

1:50:331:50:38

all sorts of problems by getting

bodies in there. To be fair, France

1:50:381:50:44

have done this another of times,

they did it against Ireland who had

1:50:441:50:48

a lot of ball. France are a

disciplined team in terms of their

1:50:481:50:54

defensive setup. When they get it

right, there is mayhem there because

1:50:541:51:02

there is no ceiling off.

France

cannot win any set piece ball,

1:51:021:51:10

England cannot win the breakdown.

They are struggling at the

1:51:101:51:13

breakdown, with numbers I think and

that is a big part of it. If they

1:51:131:51:20

can get the right numbers, and you

make good decisions. Sometimes you

1:51:201:51:24

just add to lock down over the ball

and get into a good, powerful

1:51:241:51:29

position so nobody can shift you

off. Sometimes there is somebody to

1:51:291:51:32

be targeted and you have to take

them out.

It also seems there is a

1:51:321:51:36

lack of immediate recognition as to

whether you are the man who needs to

1:51:361:51:40

be first or second, where you need

to be. That split-second reaction,

1:51:401:51:45

if it is wrong and you have players

of this size, it is fatal.

Eddie

1:51:451:51:50

Jones in his interview before the

game said sometimes you can over

1:51:501:51:53

intellectualise the game and I

agree. The breakdown is the

1:51:531:51:58

heartbeat of the game and you have

do have a plan to develop quick ball

1:51:581:52:01

first before you plan what to do

with that quick ball.

It is a good

1:52:011:52:07

kick with no angle by Trinh-Duc.

1:52:071:52:15

France will have to try again at the

line-out. It has not been the strong

1:52:181:52:23

point today, Joe Launchbury will be

plotting how to win this.

1:52:231:52:27

Penalty, taken out and Guilhem

Guirado comes away with it. Support

1:52:321:52:37

from Lauret, a penalty advantage.

Vahaamahina on the charge. Another

1:52:371:52:44

penalty against England. Fickou

playing scrum-half. Lauret driving

1:52:441:52:52

on. Yacouba Camara waiting, it comes

out to Trinh-Duc, the crossfield

1:52:521:52:59

kick... Fall stopped at the corner!

Jonny May can go and play it. That

1:52:591:53:11

was very well won back by Doumayrou

Alsop was an advantage?

They are

1:53:111:53:17

going to ask for a high tackle here.

He was caught somewhere around the

1:53:171:53:22

shoulders is not around the neck.

You could not see it in real time...

1:53:221:53:30

Which begs the question, is it a

penalty try?

1:53:301:53:35

BOOING

Answer that, Paul.

1:53:371:53:45

That is classically a high tackle.

It's not dangerous. And he was in

1:53:481:53:54

the position to make the tackle so I

don't think it's a penalty try. The

1:53:541:54:01

high tackle does stop him from

scoring.

Who else is going to stop

1:54:011:54:09

him?

What I'm saying is that Anthony

Watson was in the position to make

1:54:091:54:16

the tackle. The penalty is for the

high tackle. I think if he tackled

1:54:161:54:22

him normally he stops the try.

1:54:221:54:26

Over to you.

A metre and a bit out?

In the act of scoring a try and

1:54:261:54:38

number 15 gets him high.

High and

above the shoulder.

Their product is

1:54:381:54:45

a yellow card and a penalty try?

That is correct.

1:54:451:54:51

Yellow card for Anthony Watson.

It

is the act of scoring a try, I know

1:54:541:54:59

it is unfortunate but it prevents

the try.

High tackle by Anthony

1:54:591:55:05

Watson and what is more, penalty try

awarded. Ben Skeen, the New Zealand

1:55:051:55:14

TMO.

It also brings into question,

Anthony Watson says he was driving

1:55:141:55:19

for the line, if your original

tackle line was below the shoulder

1:55:191:55:26

and he goes down in an effort to try

to ground the ball, you cannot

1:55:261:55:30

change your angle driving to the

tackle. Irrespective of that,

1:55:301:55:37

England allowed Guirado to make

ground.

The other thing that France

1:55:371:55:44

have penalty advantage and when you

have that you can take these 50-50

1:55:441:55:49

shots on crossfield ticks.

Fickou

waiting -- crossfield kicks.

1:55:491:55:59

Machenaud quite happy to be patient

here. England have to get some

1:56:081:56:13

urgency into their game now.

Machenaud happy to kick the ball off

1:56:131:56:18

the park.

The next 30 minutes could

well be a defining period of time

1:56:181:56:27

when you look back in a couple of

years on England's journey since

1:56:271:56:31

Eddie Jones arrived. This is a vital

period of time in which they have to

1:56:311:56:37

improve significantly.

Often goes

the more again with a cluster of

1:56:371:56:46

bodies left behind including Guirado

and Courtney Lawes. Lawes rejoins

1:56:461:56:50

the maul. Danny Care waiting.

Static

now.

Ben Te'o, Lauret over the ball.

1:56:501:57:00

Leave it, blue.

1:57:001:57:04

Dan Cole again, static when he took

the ball. Easy to throw even

1:57:041:57:11

somebody as big as him back.

1:57:111:57:17

That is better, Jonny May at pace.

Mathieu Bastareaud proving immovable

1:57:181:57:24

and France come away with it. George

Ford is the last defender.

1:57:241:57:34

Grasso showed power and pace and

patient and there is an overlap

1:57:351:57:38

here. Guirado has to read it, Marco

Tauleigne. Guirado again, Gael

1:57:381:57:43

Fickou alongside, for the line...

One metre short. Machenaud on his

1:57:431:57:49

own trips up.

1:57:491:57:56

own trips up. Jaco Peyper looks and

weights. Held up, France. Seconds

1:57:561:58:05

after scoring they are back on the

England goal line.

France have

1:58:051:58:10

butchered what should have been a

fairly easy try. There was a four on

1:58:101:58:15

two.

Great turnover by France on

their own 40 metre line. It was an

1:58:151:58:24

excellent attack, Guirado probably

took. Grasso would be brilliant

1:58:241:58:30

handoff and gas to brood, does well

to stay in and not get tackled into

1:58:301:58:35

touch -- gas to boot. Very sensible

and Conservative play and good hands

1:58:351:58:43

by the French forwards. Guirado took

too much out of it.

1:58:431:58:49

But it is great field position for

them. With an English player in the

1:58:511:58:59

bin it is going to be a very tough

scrum for England to defend.

What do

1:58:591:59:05

do as a tactic? Let the referee know

it is eight against eight by putting

1:59:051:59:13

in one of the backs?

I think the

English scrum is probably strong

1:59:131:59:22

enough to scrummage with seven. You

have two flankers.

I don't think

1:59:221:59:29

there was any hope of quick ball

here. They will park it at the feet

1:59:291:59:33

of Marco Tauleigne and say, let's

have a second go at the England

1:59:331:59:37

pack. James Haskell comes back on,

reigniting his international career.

1:59:371:59:46

A tricky moment for him to re-enter

the international scene.

1:59:461:59:52

Let's have a look at the numbers.

1:59:531:59:59

Eight in the England scrum, Haskell

on the openside in the red cap for

2:00:032:00:09

the Sam Simmonds at number eight.

Staying at number eight. Maxime

2:00:092:00:14

Machenaud to feed. You talked about

all of those angles, Brian, it is

2:00:142:00:21

chaos in that scrummage.

2:00:212:00:26

That is a monumental moment for

England there. They are staring down

2:00:272:00:32

the barrel of 23-9, and that is such

an easy penalty will stop England

2:00:322:00:40

will take their time now walking

into this line-out, run down the

2:00:402:00:44

clock, run down a little bit more of

the sin-bin time.

The French captain

2:00:442:00:53

is furious. Mako Vunipola, he will

be happier.

2:00:532:01:01

Jamie George prepares to throw. Up

goes Itoje.

2:01:062:01:10

Nothing has moved yet. It has edging

infield. Danny Care keeps a watchful

2:01:212:01:29

eye. Keep it going, he says, keep it

going. Elliot Daly chases. Machenaud

2:01:292:01:40

went flying. Penalty against France.

I completely disagree with that

2:01:402:01:49

penalty. Machenaud is rushing. He is

looking at Elliot Daly as he looks

2:01:492:01:56

back to try and obstruct him and

deny him an opportunity to compete.

2:01:562:02:02

He has no interest in getting back

to the ball. He is perfectly

2:02:022:02:07

entitled to run back, to make it a

longer journey for a Elliot Daly,

2:02:072:02:11

but he is not entitled to look over

his shoulder and change his

2:02:112:02:17

direction.

I have a feeling that was

given by the assistant referee.

2:02:172:02:25

It was given by the assistant

referee, and he did push on in the

2:02:252:02:29

back. He should be allowed to run

and compete.

2:02:292:02:38

and compete.

We are not in charge of

the replays and the pictures here,

2:02:392:02:43

which is why you are seeing all the

arty shots and not what is

2:02:432:02:47

important.

France have lost the

line-out but they have kept the

2:02:472:02:54

rebound with Elliot Daly. A big

clearance by daily. Not such a good

2:02:542:03:03

kick by Fall. He won it back for

himself.

2:03:032:03:16

Bastareaud stays on his feet. France

going from side to side. Doumayrou.

2:03:172:03:29

Gael Fickou tells Fall to nudge it

forward. Camara from the back row

2:03:292:03:35

does well will stop they have more

defenders there than attackers.

2:03:352:03:46

A quick change of direction. Dan

Cole makes the tackle.

2:03:502:03:56

Haskell holds up the fringe going

forwards. It is there still for

2:04:032:04:07

France.

2:04:072:04:13

France. Guilhem Guirado under

instruction from his outside-half

2:04:132:04:16

Trinh-Duc to keep it amongst the

forwards.

2:04:162:04:23

forwards. Haskell tries to hold it

up. Haskell has to get away without

2:04:232:04:30

preventing the exit of the ball.

2:04:302:04:34

He has been consistent.

Neither team

seem to be confident in the ruck.

2:04:402:04:52

Whenever the ball goes into a little

bit of space, the ball seems to be

2:04:522:04:57

liable to being turned over every

single time.

England will be happy

2:04:572:05:03

that they have weathered the ten

minutes. I hell of a kick.

2:05:032:05:14

That looked like it was in for me.

It looked like a fantastic kick from

2:05:142:05:18

here. It looked like a good kick.

The touch judge was nervous about

2:05:182:05:26

raising the flag.

That was a

brilliant kick from Owen Farrell.

2:05:262:05:35

This will be significant.

Kyle

Sinckler have come on for Dan Cole.

2:05:352:05:45

That will bring more mobility.

And

France have made a change as well.

2:05:452:06:01

Cedate Gomes Sa has come on for

rubber Slimani. --

2:06:012:06:10

Cedate Gomes Sa has come on for

rubber Slimani. --.

2:06:102:06:16

They are out of their 22 so they

can't kick straight to touch.

2:06:192:06:25

George dropped the ball in contact.

2:06:532:06:59

Some errors from England. That

affected the second row and the way

2:07:012:07:07

they could deliver the ball. Kick

forward and then England waste.

2:07:072:07:12

There on the back foot for 40

metres. A significant chance.

2:07:122:07:19

Anthony Watson is back on the field.

George Ford has come off. Jonathan

2:07:192:07:26

Joseph goes on.

These are the ones

you get fewer. You have to make sure

2:07:262:07:34

the throws and delivery of the ball

are all precise.

The first thing you

2:07:342:07:38

want to do when you're five metres

away from the opposition line is win

2:07:382:07:43

the ball. At least you have the ball

and your five metres away from the

2:07:432:07:46

opposition line.

2:07:462:07:53

They are off quickly. France would

the free kick from the scrummage.

2:07:532:08:00

Anthony Watson fresh back on. He

looks back on and it is caught in

2:08:002:08:05

his own 22. He does well to buy

himself a second.

2:08:052:08:11

Well, if there was a muted

atmosphere in the first half, it is

2:08:202:08:25

much more supportive of France now.

Good play, Francois Trinh-Duc. The

2:08:252:08:32

catch and the past to grow so. And

another pass --

2:08:322:08:45

penalty to France.

If this goes over

then I am confident France will kick

2:08:452:08:54

for ball. -- for goal.

2:08:542:09:03

The job is much more difficult for

England. They have not seriously

2:09:032:09:07

threaten the French line anyway.

2:09:072:09:13

threaten the French line anyway.

A

kick from Doumayrou. With the score

2:09:132:09:18

16-9, it puts England under

pressure. A lovely way to kick. The

2:09:182:09:23

penalty count that we have now is 14

penalties against England. England

2:09:232:09:29

are doing everything they can to

give France an opportunity to win

2:09:292:09:35

this game.

If you look at the

penalty count for England in the

2:09:352:09:40

previous three games, it was nearly

in double figures each game, and

2:09:402:09:44

when you are looking at opposition

sides who are in single figures and

2:09:442:09:49

lows and other does, not only will

that counts on the scoreboard, but

2:09:492:09:55

the momentum is killed. Territory is

seeded. And you are under pressure

2:09:552:10:02

from touch kicks as well. It makes

everything much more difficult. When

2:10:022:10:07

you add to the number of turnovers

to get a penalty which is

2:10:072:10:13

effectively a turnover each time.

France are up to 19. England have to

2:10:132:10:18

scored twice. This will be

Ireland's's Championship with a

2:10:182:10:25

round to go, Paul O'Connell? It came

backwards. Benjamin Fall to

2:10:252:10:34

Machenaud.

It does turn out that way

what you can say is Ireland have

2:10:342:10:42

demonstrated they are the most

impressive side in the tournament by

2:10:422:10:46

quite some distance at the moment.

Machenaud for the safety of touch.

2:10:462:10:56

As Martin Johnson said at half-time,

England have to try and find a way.

2:10:572:11:01

Ireland were not there at the start

of the Championship. It was a dirty

2:11:012:11:07

wet day. They did not play

particularly well but there was a

2:11:072:11:11

spectacular drop goal from Johnny

Sexton. With England's current

2:11:112:11:18

record you would imagine they could

do the same.

The first throw for a

2:11:182:11:21

loop calendar key on for Jamie

George. Chris Robshaw at the tail.

2:11:212:11:27

-- Luke calendar key. -- Cowan

Dickie. An important tackle by

2:11:272:11:40

Poirot, the French prop. Kyle

Sinckler. Very dynamic on the

2:11:402:11:43

charge.

2:11:432:11:47

Camara with the tackle. Owen Farrell

gets it to Kyle Sinckler. The

2:11:542:12:04

slightest juggle but he held onto it

well.

2:12:042:12:09

France has slowed it down.

2:12:122:12:16

Owen Farrell now in charge of the

half position. Ben Te'o. Sinclair,

2:12:312:12:38

Itoje.

2:12:382:12:44

No real progress for England. Sam

Simmonds gives away the penalty.

2:12:452:12:56

France seemed in control of the

defensive operation there.

They are,

2:12:572:13:01

because the players who are running

onto the ball are doing very either

2:13:012:13:08

slowly or coming to a complete

standstill. That drive back move

2:13:082:13:15

only works if you are moving forward

at pace.

England started that attack

2:13:152:13:23

really well. They were very direct.

Good carries by Kyle Sinckler and

2:13:232:13:29

Jamie Haskell. Then they started

over complicating it again. You have

2:13:292:13:34

got to mix handling the ball with

being direct as well.

That is the

2:13:342:13:41

end of it.

It looked like fair play,

good turnover by Camara. France has

2:13:412:13:48

so many players who would put

pressure on your breakdown. If you

2:13:482:13:52

are not there instantly when a ball

carrier hits the floor, you put

2:13:522:13:58

yourself in danger.

France start to

ring the changes. The captain has

2:13:582:14:04

gone, Guilhem Guirado, who has put

in his customary shift of many

2:14:042:14:07

tackles. Machenaud, who has been on.

Trinh-Duc stop there is a new

2:14:072:14:18

confidence about France. Machenaud

on the charge.

2:14:182:14:31

on the charge. Danny Priso fresh to

the field.

2:14:312:14:37

Adrien Pelissie the new hooker.

2:14:462:14:54

Tauleigne the number eight presents.

2:15:122:15:15

Bastareaud, it takes three to hold

him down. Chris Robshaw has to be

2:15:292:15:34

careful. Play on, says the referee.

What Scotland did against England

2:15:342:15:42

last week, if the Scotland back row

player had, like Robshaw, got the

2:15:422:15:51

player, two players would have been

in. The players could not get near

2:15:512:15:59

enough to affect complete possession

of the ball.

England bring on their

2:15:592:16:07

last two substitutions as we see the

work of Jonathan Joseph there. The

2:16:072:16:17

last to come on, Richard

Wigglesworth at scrum-half and Mike

2:16:172:16:21

Brown.

You are having to match our

words to the pictures which don't

2:16:212:16:28

relate to anything we are saying. It

would be preferable to see what

2:16:282:16:35

actually you are talking about and

what matters.

France have given away

2:16:352:16:41

three penalties at scrum time.

England have not really capitalised

2:16:412:16:46

on that.

France with four new

players in their front five.

2:16:462:16:58

Priso the loosehead, plays his rugby

in la Rochelle. They are in Ulster's

2:17:012:17:08

group in the European Cup. A

brilliant ball-carrier.

2:17:082:17:18

Another scrum goes down. It has been

a mess all day.

You can see the

2:17:232:17:31

penalty count on the screen, 15-8.

Very hard away from home to get any

2:17:312:17:37

foothold in the game when you give

away 15 penalties.

2:17:372:17:46

We are going to have a scrum which

is completed by the looks of it.

2:18:092:18:18

is completed by the looks of it. I

good passer Wade to Trinh-Duc. The

2:18:182:18:21

surge comes on for France. Doumayrou

get the pass away. Gael Fickou steps

2:18:212:18:30

in from the touchline. Haskell tries

but France have possession again.

2:18:302:18:38

Machenaud thinks about one way and

let the ball stay there. This is

2:18:502:18:57

Adrien Pelissie.

2:18:572:19:03

Adrien Pelissie. LaRue wears 19.

Machenaud says, give me the ball.

2:19:032:19:07

This is what they want. Such a good

tackle.

2:19:072:19:19

Penalty at the breakdown.

2:19:202:19:24

Have to give a lot of credit to the

England defensive effort.

Massive

2:19:342:19:40

turnover, keeps them in the game.

Remy Grosso the French number 11 is

2:19:402:19:46

having a hell of a game. He has been

a real find for France now since

2:19:462:19:52

Teddy Thomas was left out of the

team for his disciplinary issues.

2:19:522:19:57

That is him carrying there. He is

very hard to tackle. He is a big

2:19:572:20:03

man.

2:20:032:20:06

There is Robshaw over the ball.

It

bobbles around. Robshaw gets the

2:20:142:20:21

scraps. Joseph. Farrell on the loop.

Elliot Daly. A rare burst by

2:20:212:20:31

England. Elliot Daly tries the past.

I don't know if he was waiting for

2:20:312:20:43

Jonny May to come back inside will

stop.

Lucky for England there.

2:20:432:20:52

Probably no need for a Elliot Daly.

It was a really good line break.

2:20:522:20:56

France are on the back foot. They

are in a great position to attack.

2:20:562:21:01

No need to force the off-load.

Wigglesworth to Joseph. Farrell. Ben

2:21:012:21:08

Te'o. Clean through. They must

finish now. Elliot Daly on the

2:21:082:21:12

bounce. Is held.

2:21:122:21:20

Tauleigne with the tackle. Farrell,

Kyle Sinckler.

2:21:262:21:35

Kyle Sinckler.

France have

reorganised now.

Mike Brown threads

2:21:362:21:39

it through.

When Ben Te'o made that

break, they could help passing the

2:21:392:21:49

right. It makes the defender's

decision for them. If the ball is

2:21:492:21:56

led only one out, then they have

players to cover before. If you pass

2:21:562:22:02

out to the winners, they drift onto

him.

An important throw here for

2:22:022:22:10

Adrien Pelissie. A good game by

Maxime Machenaud. England pick off a

2:22:102:22:16

line-out. A good pick out, Luke

Cowan-Dickie.

2:22:162:22:27

Courtney Lawes right in front of the

French posts.

2:22:322:22:40

Kyle Sinckler again. James Haskell,

held to the floor. England only a

2:22:402:22:51

meter away. Doumayrou calls for it

to go right to the defenders.

2:22:512:22:58

Courtney Lawes goes the other way.

Elliot Daly is completely free.

2:22:582:23:07

Jonny May 's Lawes for England, made

by Elliot Daly.

I tell you what,

2:23:072:23:13

Kyle Sinckler has been real value

for England since he has come on. He

2:23:132:23:18

is carrying the ball straight and

direct every time. Very lucky year.

2:23:182:23:28

He pulled Camara's arm in the air,

naturally a penalty against him.

2:23:292:23:35

Great play by Elliot Daly.

2:23:352:23:43

Owen Farrell from wide out. Hanson

conversion.

2:24:022:24:09

conversion. 19-16. Five and a half

minutes to go.

2:24:092:24:15

France trying to take as long as

they can with the kick-off here.

2:24:282:24:37

they can with the kick-off here.

It

is kicked long down towards Mike

2:24:382:24:39

Brown.

2:24:392:24:46

England up two in their 22. The

referee had a word and said, that's

2:25:042:25:11

fine.

2:25:112:25:16

fine. Paul Gabrillagues from the

second row. He has had an important

2:25:162:25:22

game, hitting tackles, hitting

rucks. Number four from France

2:25:222:25:26

arrives now. Farrell tries to dummy

his way in and go. Still there,

2:25:262:25:32

Wigglesworth. Joseph to Lawes.

Interception. It is Remy Grosso. He

2:25:322:25:42

is a powerful runner.

2:25:422:25:47

is a powerful runner. Nearly as

powerful as Bastareaud who's there.

2:25:492:25:56

France happy to be here. It eats up

the seconds. The young scrum-half.

2:26:072:26:15

Did that go forwards? No, it didn't,

play on. Gael Fickou.

2:26:152:26:28

This is where France want to finish.

England within three points. They

2:26:332:26:39

have given away a penalty. This

could take us more left up to the

2:26:392:26:45

closing minutes. Look at the face of

Chris Robshaw.

He is unlucky. He

2:26:452:26:51

gets stuck in there and there is no

way out of there. The only way out

2:26:512:26:56

is if your tackle technique puts you

there, you have to pay the price. We

2:26:562:27:05

spoke earlier on about Remy Grosso

not getting tackle into touch.

2:27:052:27:14

not getting tackle into touch. You

see Robshaw's legs here. I think

2:27:142:27:17

that is him stuck in the bottom of

the ruck, probably held in by Camara

2:27:172:27:22

as well. A very tough penalty.

Unless England can find a try

2:27:222:27:34

scoring response within the next two

minutes, all hell will break loose

2:27:342:27:41

as a result.

2:27:412:27:49

as a result. And let's remember,

England have not been a bad team

2:27:492:27:54

overnight, but there are significant

questions.

France have to flatten up

2:27:542:27:59

to the ten metre line now for

kick-off. This is going to be shot.

2:27:592:28:06

Camara underneath it. Itoje did

well. It has gone the way of France

2:28:062:28:12

though. Advantage being played.

France back in possession.

2:28:122:28:20

France back in possession. Jeffrey

Doumayrou is down, hurt. Jonny May,

2:28:202:28:23

a converted try will still win it

for England. Their leading line

2:28:232:28:30

break. Jonny May sets. It is Mike

Brown who makes a few more feet.

2:28:302:28:41

Luke Cowan-Dickie down, back up. Up

to France's ten metre line. One

2:28:412:28:47

minutes ago. Kyle Sinckler, he has

made an impression since he came on.

2:28:472:28:58

Haskell goes looking for the ball.

Itoje.

2:29:052:29:10

Farrell to Mike Brown. Gael Fickou,

taken out by Jonathan Joseph.

2:29:202:29:27

Richard Wigglesworth. Luke

Cowan-Dickie not going far. England

2:29:272:29:33

still in possession. A countdown

begins.

2:29:332:29:43

Have France got their arms over the

ball? No. England still in

2:29:472:29:53

possession. Penalty advantage,

England.

2:29:532:29:58

England.

They will be allowed to

take the line-out I think if they

2:29:592:30:01

made the touch.

Yes, it is important

that Owen Farrell gets this as close

2:30:012:30:10

to the five metre line now as he

can.

2:30:102:30:17

can.

That is not bad.

Superb kick. A

fantastic kick. The difference

2:30:172:30:23

between that line-out being 5.5

metres from the line and nine or ten

2:30:232:30:28

metres from the line is massive. The

first thing you have to do is win

2:30:282:30:33

the ball.

2:30:332:30:38

The expectation is to move players

around but the more working

2:30:422:30:45

components you have, the more there

is to go wrong.

England only have

2:30:452:30:50

five forwards in this line-out. Kyle

Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Maro

2:30:502:30:55

Itoje, Chris Robshaw, Sam Simmonds

acting scrum-half. Hesitation and it

2:30:552:31:02

is over the. Lionel Beauxis kicks it

and cannot find touch! England still

2:31:022:31:11

have a chance with Elliot Daly. He

is thrown down. It is still on, Owen

2:31:112:31:18

Farrell to Kyle Sinckler to James

Haskell. Bastareaud makes the

2:31:182:31:23

tackle. Penalty advantage England.

All Lionel Beauxis had to do was get

2:31:232:31:31

the ball off the pitch and it would

have been over. They will go back

2:31:312:31:36

for the England penalty.

So it

continues. I would imagine a repeat

2:31:362:31:43

now with Farrell putting the ball

into the corner. Will England choose

2:31:432:31:50

to over complicate the options

again?

Trying to win the ball on the

2:31:502:31:57

15th, I understand why they go to

2:31:572:32:04

15th, I understand why they go to a

four-man, it is a bit harder for

2:32:042:32:06

France to defend. But why go to the

15? The most important thing is to

2:32:062:32:13

get the ball. They would still be

five or six metres out.

A full

2:32:132:32:21

contingent this time. Luke

Cowan-Dickie to throw. Up goes Maro

2:32:212:32:25

Itoje. France have a maul to defend.

They have done pretty well so far.

2:32:252:32:33

They have succeeded in getting it to

ground. Gabrillagues again with the

2:32:332:32:40

tackle. Itoje. Up to the five metre

line. Kyle Sinckler.

2:32:402:32:55

Cowan-Dickie.

A bit isolated.

Penalty advantage to France! It is

2:32:552:33:01

not a penalty, it is a knock-on

advantage. It doesn't matter, the

2:33:012:33:07

Stade de France erupts! Mathieu

Bastareaud, that reaction says it

2:33:072:33:13

all. France have beaten England. It

does ask questions Eddie Jones's

2:33:132:33:20

England. Such a run of victories and

now two consecutive defeats. It also

2:33:202:33:25

means that Ireland are crowned the

champions of the Six Nations.

2:33:252:33:32

Congratulations to island, deserving

winners. By some way. --

2:33:322:33:37

congratulations to island

2:33:372:33:40

It is an important victory for

France. For England, you don't want

2:33:442:33:50

to overreact but this has been

coming and Eddie Jones as to make

2:33:502:33:56

some very crucial decisions about

players futures, especially older,

2:33:562:34:02

more established players.

A great

achievement for Ireland to be

2:34:022:34:06

champions with a week to go. You

would have thought it after the

2:34:062:34:09

first round of games here at the

Stade de France? I think England

2:34:092:34:13

were really bull today, a bit off,

but I don't think you can write off

2:34:132:34:17

players. They have lost two games,

it's not the end of the world, they

2:34:172:34:21

had a 92% winning streak before also

there is a lot of soul-searching to

2:34:212:34:26

be done but they were a long way off

today.

The final score, France 22-16

2:34:262:34:33

England.

2:34:332:34:37

STUDIO: How is your heartbeat after

that last five minutes? Every

2:34:372:34:42

possible scenario unfolding in front

of us. England could have won Ed,

2:34:422:34:47

France did not kick it out, England

could have won it again but eight

2:34:472:34:51

knock-on at the final whistle to

hand victory in the end to France.

2:34:512:34:55

If the first half was stop start and

a bit fractious, the second half was

2:34:552:35:00

a tremendous heart of international

rugby also the game lost it

2:35:002:35:03

structure but it was better for it.

England got the bit between the

2:35:032:35:09

teeth. They were hacked off and they

went after France. They defended

2:35:092:35:13

really well at times, there

attacking is still not there but

2:35:132:35:18

better. Sinckler came on and played

well, Haskell as well. They made an

2:35:182:35:23

impact in the game but they have to

play with that intensity from the

2:35:232:35:27

off in the attack.

French rugby is

alive.

It's a great performance for

2:35:272:35:32

the French team also big commitment,

I think the guys in defence worked

2:35:322:35:37

very well, very good in the

breakdown. A great win for the

2:35:372:35:43

French team full is well done,

France, a deserved victory.

2:35:432:35:47

It was a good win for them, not full

of flair or too much exciting play,

2:35:472:35:55

it was exciting because it was close

and tense. I would put fault at some

2:35:552:36:00

of the individuals for England.

Giving away so many penalties, 16

2:36:002:36:06

and each individual has to ask what

was the risk reward on that

2:36:062:36:09

occasion. And in the last second of

the game you have to have composure.

2:36:092:36:14

Ireland showed it here with the

Sexton drop goal. Cowan-Dickie had

2:36:142:36:19

the responsibility done if he had

taken it on, it came out quick,

2:36:192:36:23

overlap and a try for England. Poor

decision-making. We will hear from

2:36:232:36:29

Owen Farrell in a moment or two.

In

fact we will hear from him now.

2:36:292:36:35

Never mind championships, was that a

game at the death you thought you

2:36:352:36:38

might win?

We had a couple of

chances. The boys fought hard to put

2:36:382:36:46

us in that position. Unfortunately

we could not finish it in the end.

2:36:462:36:49

We'll have to look back at it and

learned from it.

It will not be a

2:36:492:36:55

third straight championship, the

honour goes to Ireland, can you

2:36:552:36:58

describe the sense of frustration?

Were bothered about this game at the

2:36:582:37:01

minute. Fresh from walking off the

field here, it's been a tough game.

2:37:012:37:11

Credit to France, they defended

really well and scrambled really

2:37:112:37:13

well. We will have to look how we

can be more clinical.

I know you had

2:37:132:37:19

to build a score and you are away

from home, was it ever in your mind

2:37:192:37:22

in the context of the championship

that you needed the four tries to

2:37:222:37:26

have a slim chance?

I mean you how

to build a score to be able to

2:37:262:37:33

hopefully break a team and run in

four tries. It comes from pressure.

2:37:332:37:39

Unfortunately we were not able to

build it consistently.

In what areas

2:37:392:37:43

do you think England are hurting

themselves? The penalty count, the

2:37:432:37:47

breakdown question obviously our

discipline can

2:37:472:37:50

Some of it is from discipline and

some of it is accuracy and we have

2:37:522:37:56

to make sure we get the balance

right.

2:37:562:37:58

Here is the table that confirms that

Ireland are the Six Nations

2:38:012:38:05

champions with a week to go and

whatever happens at Twickenham it is

2:38:052:38:08

an Irish championship. The key is,

for the third time in history, can

2:38:082:38:15

Le Crunch win the Grand Slam next

weekend?

2:38:152:38:22

It is all about the miniature in

international sport. 40 faces of

2:38:242:38:31

play and the drop goal from Johnny

Sexton in the first match, how

2:38:312:38:34

different it would have been if that

had gone wide but

2:38:342:38:37

different it would have been if that

had gone wide but in

2:38:372:38:37

different it would have been if that

had gone wide but in the end Ireland

2:38:372:38:38

are deserved the champions and in a

similar situation, the last minute,

2:38:382:38:43

the England line-out and the ball

went astray. Talk about the

2:38:432:38:47

responsibilities for the individual

players.

The hard

2:38:472:38:50

responsibilities for the individual

players.

The hard thing at the end

2:38:502:38:51

of the game, you have all your

reserves on. However much you

2:38:512:38:57

practice, they will practice less

together as a group. You add in the

2:38:572:39:03

fatigue and tension and he's only a

bit off. They go to a more simple

2:39:032:39:08

one. The maul has not been effective

all year. France get it turned round

2:39:082:39:15

and messed about. I thought the

reserves played very well when they

2:39:152:39:20

came on. But always a line-out, it

can lose its cohesion of it when

2:39:202:39:27

those guys come on.

Philippe, what

did you think when the kick from

2:39:272:39:32

Lee-Lo Beauxis did not find touch?

-- Lionel Beauxis. I think we give

2:39:322:39:39

the easy option to England.

England

were much better with Kyle Sinckler

2:39:392:39:45

and James Haskell because they have

go forward and they play well. But

2:39:452:39:48

in 50 minutes they were on the back

foot. But credit of the French team.

2:39:482:39:52

in 50 minutes they were on the back

foot. But credit of the French team.

2:39:522:39:55

Bastareaud, Camara, Grosso were very

good today.

If you're not a regular

2:39:552:40:00

watcher of rugby, in many ways the

key moment of the match was the

2:40:002:40:04

penalty try at the start of the

second half. The laws of the game so

2:40:042:40:09

that a penalty try is awarded

between the goalposts if foul play

2:40:092:40:12

by the opposing team prevent a

probable try from being scored or

2:40:122:40:19

scored in a more advantageous

position. A player guilty of this

2:40:192:40:22

must be cautioned and suspended

temporarily or sent off. That is

2:40:222:40:27

what the law says. The question is,

is that what happened here?

In my

2:40:272:40:35

opinion, yes, quite clearly.

2:40:352:40:35

is that what happened here?

In my

opinion, yes, quite clearly. He is

2:40:352:40:37

going to score. And Anthony Watson

comes in with an illegal tackle. He

2:40:372:40:46

would have scored. It is simple. You

can't argue with it.

When you see

2:40:462:40:53

it, I still think it is a bit of a

hard call. He has put his hand

2:40:532:40:58

around his shoulder, it is not

dangerous. Technically it's right

2:40:582:41:02

and you cannot fault it but I still

think it is a tough decision. I

2:41:022:41:05

would have thought that either way.

Also England was penalised twice in

2:41:052:41:10

the same action in the strike zone.

It is the high tackle, yellow card,

2:41:102:41:16

penalty try in the end.

England down

to 14 at that stage and France

2:41:162:41:20

almost scored a couple of moment

afterwards which might have put it

2:41:202:41:23

to bed.

I thought England played

their best rugby after this moment,

2:41:232:41:28

it energised England. Still not

accurate enough or good enough. But

2:41:282:41:32

they defended some of these things

really well. We said at the start,

2:41:322:41:37

if you turn the ball over to France

and you are chasing them down the

2:41:372:41:40

field, that is not where you want to

be. I thought France should have

2:41:402:41:43

scored at this point. It went wide

and should have gone earlier but

2:41:432:41:48

England scrambled.

England were

running across the field in the

2:41:482:41:53

first half and in the second half

and when you have four on two, a lot

2:41:532:41:58

of forwards involved, OK, but this

is a training run exercise. You do

2:41:582:42:01

this time after time, you can do it

in your sleep but unfortunately for

2:42:012:42:07

France... Luckily it did not matter

in the end.

England threw in their

2:42:072:42:12

bodies and kept themselves in it.

It

should be over before then. Of

2:42:122:42:17

course. It poor execution.

France

had to kill the game, they have the

2:42:172:42:23

opportunity and did not do it but

still managed to win and this is the

2:42:232:42:27

most important for us.

We will talk

in a moment also about England's's

2:42:272:42:31

deficiencies in attack and I know

from looking at social media that a

2:42:312:42:35

lot of you watching the game have

been very frustrated by that. Before

2:42:352:42:38

the game we said that Elliot Daly

was a phenomenal player and it was

2:42:382:42:44

reminiscent of that Stuart Hogg

piece of bat last season in the Six

2:42:442:42:47

Nations. A quick bit of innovation

from Elliot Daly to give Jonny made

2:42:472:42:50

the score.

He makes the try because

it should have been on anyway. A bit

2:42:502:42:57

like with the poor execution from

France a second ago, England were

2:42:572:43:03

guilty of the same. You think it was

coming easily but throughout the

2:43:032:43:08

whole game quick ball has been

difficult. It is so easy to attack

2:43:082:43:11

when you get it for the Farrell does

not need to throw this out but all

2:43:112:43:15

the French defenders go on to Elliot

Daly because he does but what a

2:43:152:43:19

piece of skill and quick thinking

and the execution was brilliant.

And

2:43:192:43:23

the vision is fantastic. He knows he

can go into touch. This is

2:43:232:43:28

fantastic.

2:43:282:43:30

The question of whether the England

attack is such a blunt weapon

2:43:332:43:36

The question of whether the England

attack is such a blunt weapon I'm

2:43:362:43:36

sure will be for all the analysis in

the next few days from the wise

2:43:362:43:41

people in the papers and elsewhere.

They will be saying that England had

2:43:412:43:46

a lot of ball but did not do

anything with any great dynamism

2:43:462:43:50

until they made some changes late in

the second half but

2:43:502:43:53

until they made some changes late in

the second half but why is that?

We

2:43:532:43:54

talk about the England defence

before the game, how poor it was. A

2:43:542:43:59

lot of it is communication. If I'm

outside centre in this backlight I

2:43:592:44:04

and screaming for the guys to take

it in shorter because you're

2:44:042:44:06

squeezing MySpace. In the first half

they have been running across. I

2:44:062:44:11

think what we have seen in the past

is hiding these deficiencies because

2:44:112:44:17

we have seen Ford and Farrell

working so well. England have

2:44:172:44:21

thought and supporters and pundits

have thought it is working

2:44:212:44:23

perfectly. When you slow down and

analyse it here, you can see how far

2:44:232:44:28

they are coming across and the poor

execution. It needs straight

2:44:282:44:32

running. Ben Te'o spots the gap but

he want it earlier. You don't need

2:44:322:44:37

to pass there, just take it hard

running and commit defenders to get

2:44:372:44:41

quick ball. They are going across

and it is so passive. So simple to

2:44:412:44:45

defend. You look at the line-up in

attack, they are all stood still,

2:44:452:44:52

nobody running onto it. There is the

gap and has built has to shout for

2:44:522:44:57

it -- Haskell has to shout void.

England do not have a specific

2:44:572:45:02

attack coach and we are starting to

see the results. Eddie Jones is to

2:45:022:45:06

get it in quickly unless he is

taking responsibility. That was

2:45:062:45:11

great to get Ben Te'o over the gain

line and through the gap but the

2:45:112:45:14

execution was poor. No

communication, the execution is

2:45:142:45:20

wrong.

If you are lateral it is like

Scotland and Wales, it doesn't give

2:45:202:45:28

your forwards the chance to get in

the game. Image to a flat and your

2:45:282:45:35

defence is coming up and making hits

and then you get slow ball and

2:45:352:45:38

turned over. It is a combination. We

need more speed in the attack, get

2:45:382:45:42

over the gain line and you are in

the ascendancy.

Paul O'Connell has

2:45:422:45:47

come back to join us. We will talk

about Ireland in a second. But talk

2:45:472:45:53

about the

2:45:532:45:53

about Ireland in a second. But talk

about the penalties that

2:45:532:45:54

about Ireland in a second. But talk

about the penalties that England

2:45:542:45:54

gave away. Nine against Italy, ten

against Wales and 13 against

2:45:542:45:58

Scotland and now up to 16. How many

of these are inexcusable and lazy?

I

2:45:582:46:07

don't think any are lazy. But what

they're doing the ruck puts them

2:46:072:46:12

under a lot of pressure. They're

prone to get in attack shape first

2:46:122:46:18

and then generate speed at the ruck

but I think you need speed on your

2:46:182:46:22

ruck ball and you play around that.

You could hear the referee shouting

2:46:222:46:26

at James Haskell to release, he was

the assist tackler. When you are

2:46:262:46:31

away from home you are putting

yourself under major pressure. The

2:46:312:46:36

attack is a big contributed to it.

If you're not running hard and

2:46:362:46:40

square and straight, if you passive

in your carry on, you leave yourself

2:46:402:46:44

open to be pushed a lot and that is

one of the reasons Sinckler was a

2:46:442:46:49

big impact. He was very direct and

straight. It was hard to poach and

2:46:492:46:55

get onto the English ball.

Approximately half the penalties are

2:46:552:46:59

when we have the ball. Getting

penalised when you have the ball,

2:46:592:47:04

that is far worse than defensive

penalties. You have to sort that

2:47:042:47:07

out. If you sort out the attack you

sort out the penalties. When we were

2:47:072:47:13

went quick ball first and did not

worry about structure we looks

2:47:132:47:16

better. It gave the guys a chance to

have some broken field to use their

2:47:162:47:20

footwork. When we are getting into

shape, you got no chance. Slow ball

2:47:202:47:26

has no chance against good defences.

It gives opportunities to the French

2:47:262:47:31

team to deliver the ball, it is what

Ireland do well. First at the ruck

2:47:312:47:37

just behind the runner and after he

takes the place. England don't

2:47:372:47:41

just behind the runner and after he

takes the place. England don't do

2:47:412:47:41

this. France are a lot of guys like

Bastareaud on the back row, very

2:47:412:47:45

good to contest the ball and I think

it was one of the keys of the game.

2:47:452:47:49

How relieved will French rugby be

about this? Because of the coin, if

2:47:492:47:55

England had scored under the posts

and Farrell had kicked the penalty

2:47:552:47:58

and France had lost two games to the

Johnny Sexton drop goal and an

2:47:582:48:02

England penalty, those would have

been two hammer blows. How big a

2:48:022:48:06

boost could this be to France?

It is

a boost because we win the second

2:48:062:48:11

nation in the world. If we were

behind Fiji with this win in the top

2:48:112:48:16

eight. I think for the players, it

is fantastic. But after we need to

2:48:162:48:24

be consistent. The game next week in

Wales will be important.

I don't

2:48:242:48:29

think France have really sold

anything, I don't think they were

2:48:292:48:33

spectacular. For 50 minutes of the

crowd was very muted and cry quiet

2:48:332:48:37

and it was only when the try came

that they came to life. Then France

2:48:372:48:42

got some confidence and started

playing a little bit. They still

2:48:422:48:46

made some really critical errors,

they had some try scoring

2:48:462:48:50

opportunities, the scrum five metres

from the English line. Good teams

2:48:502:48:54

don't burn opportunities like that.

I just think that France still have

2:48:542:48:59

a way to go.

When you say that good

teams don't do that, you don't think

2:48:592:49:04

Ireland would have done that because

they are so clinical in those

2:49:042:49:09

situations and so effective?

I think

they are, even the line-out England

2:49:092:49:12

had at the end, they went for the

four man line-out to try to win it

2:49:122:49:16

at the 15. Sure thing you want to

set up a good malt and try to malt

2:49:162:49:23

the French over but if you end up

with the ball on the ground at least

2:49:232:49:27

used to have the ball and your five

metres away. Winning it closer to

2:49:272:49:31

the front of the line-out is not the

end of the world sometimes,

2:49:312:49:34

especially when you have not played

so well and you have turned over one

2:49:342:49:38

or two line-outs already. One of the

things you cannot do is beat

2:49:382:49:42

yourself. Make another team played

spectacular rugby and score amazing

2:49:422:49:47

tries. You can't beat yourself by

turning over line-out five metres

2:49:472:49:52

from the opposition line and by

giving away 16 penalties or whatever

2:49:522:49:57

it was.

It is a bit of a relentless

juggernaut, the Irish team, 11 wins

2:49:572:50:02

in a row which is a fantastic

record. How do England beat them

2:50:022:50:05

next week?

Sorry!

How do England

beat Ireland next week?

They have to

2:50:052:50:15

at about 40% to their performance.

Ireland played with massive

2:50:152:50:19

intensity and the structure is great

and execution. They worked

2:50:192:50:22

incredibly hard not to give away

penalties and if you do that you

2:50:222:50:26

don't give away momentum. They work

hard on their skills, not giving the

2:50:262:50:31

opposition the ball. People like

Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton at

2:50:312:50:35

nine and ten, they're kicking is

very precise and competitive so they

2:50:352:50:39

always in the game. I like them,

they'd execute well and they are

2:50:392:50:44

clinical. England at the moment have

no attacking structure, they do but

2:50:442:50:48

it is always late in the field. They

don't look prepared to go from the

2:50:482:50:52

own 22 but I think Ireland will.

They have been together a longer and

2:50:522:50:56

they understand the game plan and it

goes well but we will see how good

2:50:562:50:59

they are when they go to Twickenham

because everybody seems to be

2:50:592:51:02

struggling away from home.

And the

same question, if you were Eddie

2:51:022:51:07

Jones, interesting to hear what he

had to say and hopefully we will

2:51:072:51:09

hear from him, but does he basically

have to say more of the same or,

2:51:092:51:16

given what happened in the second

half with the injection of pace and

2:51:162:51:19

enthusiasm from some of those who

came off the bench, is it the time

2:51:192:51:23

when he says, OK, the championship

is gone, and going to put five or

2:51:232:51:26

six guys in who were not regular

starters to see how it works out?

I

2:51:262:51:30

don't think five or six but maybe

one or two or three. The last 20

2:51:302:51:36

minutes of every game is different

to the first hour because of the

2:51:362:51:40

structure and I think we need to

manage the game better earlier. Not

2:51:402:51:44

try to play too much against a very

strong, fresh defence. Go to our

2:51:442:51:51

mauling game more and the kicking

game more, put pressure on in

2:51:512:51:54

different ways.

That is what we

think Eddie Jones might be thinking

2:51:542:51:57

that we can hear from the man

himself.

On a scale of one to ten,

2:51:572:52:03

how dejected is the dressing room?

Look, it is a learning period for

2:52:032:52:07

us. We are struggling with our game

a little bit and learning from these

2:52:072:52:13

games. It is an important period for

us. Whilst we are all disappointed

2:52:132:52:18

and gutted, we have to make sure we

learn from it and art stronger next

2:52:182:52:21

time we play.

I had a text from my

mum asking where England have

2:52:212:52:26

disappeared to. What would you say

to her and the fans watching?

We are

2:52:262:52:31

about two or 3% away from where we

need to be. We were beaten at the

2:52:312:52:36

breakdown, we gave away to 16

penalties which is far too many.

2:52:362:52:41

When we got momentum we did not

convert it to points and when they

2:52:412:52:44

did they did convert to points. It

seems like a long way away but it's

2:52:442:52:49

not. You go through these periods as

a team. We are going through a

2:52:492:52:54

difficult period but we will get

through it.

How costly was the

2:52:542:52:58

penalty try?

Obviously in the

context of the game the difference

2:52:582:53:00

between the teams.

The defenders

going low at the moment -- at the

2:53:002:53:08

moment, is it a law that needs to be

looked at?

I never debate those

2:53:082:53:13

issues. Whatever the referee decides

is right and we're happy to accept

2:53:132:53:17

it.

Ie Getting the leadership you

need from your senior players?

I

2:53:172:53:21

thought the leadership was

outstanding. We did not play well

2:53:212:53:24

today but we put ourselves back into

a position where we could have won

2:53:242:53:28

the game and probably should have.

But we were not able to execute in

2:53:282:53:33

final minutes.

Two tries in more

than 200 minutes of Six Nations

2:53:332:53:38

rugby now, is that an area of

concern?

You have got to get

2:53:382:53:42

momentum and we are trying to find

different ways to get momentum and

2:53:422:53:45

we will continue to exhaust the

different possibilities are getting

2:53:452:53:49

momentum.

How do you take what has

been a difficult, by your own

2:53:492:53:52

admission, two or three weeks for

England when you have Ireland to

2:53:522:53:56

come who are already won the

championship with a game to spare?

2:53:562:54:02

It is an important game, Ireland at

home, we want to finish the

2:54:022:54:05

tournament well. We're disappointed

we are not in contention to win it

2:54:052:54:08

but we want to finish it well.

Thank

you.

Eddie spoke about could have

2:54:082:54:15

and maybe should have won the match

and there was an opportunity towards

2:54:152:54:18

the end when the lack of finishing

power from England denied them a

2:54:182:54:22

try.

It is always amazing how the

heads get cloudy and muddled at the

2:54:222:54:28

moment when you need the clarity.

2:54:282:54:29

heads get cloudy and muddled at the

moment when you need the clarity.

2:54:292:54:31

Sinckler takes a great ball in and

it is a great line which draws in

2:54:312:54:36

the defence. Look how many attackers

England have got. Owen Farrell has

2:54:362:54:41

his hand up and he cannot believe

that the ball is not coming out to

2:54:412:54:44

him. It is so simple. Look at Owen

Farrell. He knows the opportunity

2:54:442:54:52

was there. He is the captain, how he

did not blast out those words to

2:54:522:54:57

Wigglesworth, give me the

2:54:572:54:58

did not blast out those words to

Wigglesworth, give me the ball, we

2:54:582:54:59

have an overlap. It is areas of the

game you have to work on. That was a

2:54:592:55:04

walk in try and the game won and

lost.

We talked earlier about a

2:55:042:55:10

settled side. Ireland have a very

settled team, a couple of errors in

2:55:102:55:14

the centre with injuries but

fundamentally in the key pods in

2:55:142:55:18

rugby speak in the team, absolutely

secure selection and people who know

2:55:182:55:21

each other's games. Every week they

play consistently well. Is that the

2:55:212:55:26

secret to their success?

I don't

know if a settled side is the

2:55:262:55:32

secret, I think they have quite a

lot of competition. They won the

2:55:322:55:36

first Test match in South Africa in

2015 and Joe made five changes for

2:55:362:55:40

the second test and if you think of

an Irish team doing that in South

2:55:402:55:44

Africa it is amazing. They have

developed real depth. They have real

2:55:442:55:48

clarity in how they want to play.

Every player from one to 23 and

2:55:482:55:55

probably another nine or ten beyond

that have real clarity in how they

2:55:552:55:57

want to play in every part of the

pitch, from five metres out from the

2:55:572:56:01

own line to five metres from the

opposition line and when you clarity

2:56:012:56:07

you can execute with physicality and

aggression. At times I think England

2:56:072:56:11

today, because they are trying to

play so much shape with the out the

2:56:112:56:16

back passes, there isn't a whole lot

of physicality to how they are

2:56:162:56:19

playing at times.

How would you

expect Ireland to play next week?

I

2:56:192:56:24

don't think they will change much

from what they have been doing. They

2:56:242:56:28

will exit from their own half well,

sometimes they will kick with Conor

2:56:282:56:32

Murray who is excellent and

sometimes they run it. They will

2:56:322:56:38

have little 3-phase plays off the

scrums and line-outs where they have

2:56:382:56:42

seen little things that England do

in defence and try to catch them

2:56:422:56:45

that way and when they get into the

22 they will keep it very simple.

2:56:452:56:48

They will be very direct and their

work will be really good. There

2:56:482:56:54

isn't a whole lot of complication.

Teams that play very good rugby,

2:56:542:56:58

there isn't a whole lot of

competition to what they do.

Paul is

2:56:582:57:03

bang on with how Ireland is going to

play. Why deviate from something you

2:57:032:57:06

are very good at and, as slow

starting as it was here at the

2:57:062:57:12

beginning of the season is now very

slick and will get better? England

2:57:122:57:17

did not really hit the ball hard and

straight and commits defenders. It

2:57:172:57:24

was slug like, so slow and

ponderous. The backs Mr Bean, come

2:57:242:57:29

on, let's have quick ball but it did

not happen. -- at the backs must

2:57:292:57:34

have been.

Just to say quickly, the

clock is going to beat us, Wales

2:57:342:57:38

against Italy is live on BBC One

tomorrow and if Wales win, which you

2:57:382:57:41

assume they will Wales against

France next weekend, having won two

2:57:412:57:45

in a row, important for France to

keep the momentum going.

Yes, it is

2:57:452:57:49

very important but it is a young

team and we need to be consistent. I

2:57:492:57:55

think the guys put their body on the

line today and showed a lot of

2:57:552:57:58

commitment between have to do it

again next week in Wales.

And what

2:57:582:58:01

do England do between now and next

Saturday?

Most of it will be mental

2:58:012:58:05

rather than on the field, they had

to sort out the breakdown

2:58:052:58:09

particularly against Ireland and

alter their attacking game as well

2:58:092:58:12

as they can in the time they have.

If they do that and cut in half the

2:58:122:58:15

penalties, you're holding the ball

more. As Eddie said, you never that

2:58:152:58:19

far away and if you can do those

things, it has a huge knock-on

2:58:192:58:23

effect on your game. You're

defending less and attacking more

2:58:232:58:25

and you give away less penalties,

you put them under pressure. They

2:58:252:58:29

have to put Ireland under pressure

in every way.

Big questions are

2:58:292:58:32

being asked of Eddie, the same back

row that did not fire and we

2:58:322:58:39

mentioned how poor the breakdown was

against Scotland and it continued

2:58:392:58:42

today. If they pick the same back

row against Ireland they will clean

2:58:422:58:45

up.

You must have the last word

because Ireland are the champions

2:58:452:58:49

with a week to spare. What does that

mean to the game in Ireland?

It is

2:58:492:58:53

massive. The big thing is, we have

four professional teams only in

2:58:532:59:00

Ireland, in comparison to England

and France we don't have that many

2:59:002:59:03

professional rugby players so I

think they manage their resources

2:59:032:59:05

well but I expect a different

English team next week and I think

2:59:052:59:09

Ireland will be on high alert for

that game.

One more week and ago,

2:59:092:59:13

thank you to the guys here. Obesely

a Grand Slam beckons for Ireland

2:59:132:59:17

next week at Twickenham. We will see

then, goodbye -- obviously a Grand

2:59:172:59:23

Slam beckons.

2:59:232:59:24

Welcome to the Stade de France. It

has a heavyweight feeling.

2:59:272:59:38

France have beaten England and

Ireland are crowned

3:00:003:00:03

John Inverdale presents live coverage as France host an England side seeking an unprecedented third successive Six Nations title.

England start as favourites, having won six of their last seven meetings with France in the competition.They ran out 31-21 winners on their most recent Six Nations trip to Paris in 2016, but France have a fresh start under new coach Jacques Brunel.

Expert analysis is provided by former England centre Jeremy Guscott, former Wales flanker Martyn Williams and former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell.