France 21-31 England Six Nations RESULT: Eddie Jones' side clinch first Grand Slam in 13 years with clinical victory in Paris

  • England claim their first Grand Slam title since 2003 after win in Paris 
  • Anthony Watson scores third try as Maxime Machenaud kicks 21 points
  • England score two first-half tries in the opening half against France
  • Danny Care ran clear from the halfway line after spotting a defensive gap
  • Dan Cole barrelled over from six metres out for England's second try 
  • England clinched the championship after Scotland beat France last week
  • France XV: S Spedding; W Fofana, G Fickou, M Mermoz, V Vakatawa; F Trinh-Duc , M Machenaud; J Poirot, G Guirado, R Slimani, A Flanquart, Y Maestri, D Chouly, B Le Roux, L Goujon
  • England XV: M Brown; A Watson, J Joseph, O Farrell, J Nowell; G Ford, D Care; M Vunipola, D Hartley, D Cole, M Itoje, G Kruis, C Robshaw, J Haskell, B Vunipola

England have won their first Grand Slam in 13 years after a 31-21 win over France in Paris thanks to tries from Danny Care, Dan Cole and Anthony Watson.

Maxime Machenaud's flawless kicking kept the French in contention right into the final moments but Eddie Jones' side pulled clear in the final minutes to claim a momentous victory.

Scotland's victory over France at Murrayfield last Sunday handed Eddie Jones' side the title for the first time since 2011, but they were determined to claim the Slam after years of hurt.

Dylan Hartley stepped up to lift the Six Nations trophy after he was taken off in a stretcher when he was knocked cold attempting to tackle Uini Atonio 13 minutes from the final whistle.

  • James Dutton

    Host commentator


There's the photo you've been waiting to see. England, and Dylan Harley, with the Six Nations trophy after completing the Grand Slam with a 31-21 win in Paris. Thanks for joining me today. Unfortunately it's another 11 months to wait until England's title defence. which begins against France on February 4 next year. See you then!

Dylan Hartley lifts the Six Nations trophy for England in Paris
England celebrate

These celebrations are going to go on long into the night you imagine...

England's Ben Youngs celebrates at the end
England's scrum-half Ben Youngs and England's fly-half George Ford hug as they celebrate after winning the Six Nations
England players celebrate after finally clinching the Grand Slam
Dylan Hartley lifts the trophy

The first England captain to lift the title since Martin Johnson back in 2003.

Title ceremony

England's victorious players are gathering for the end ceremony in the centre-circle. A lot of very relaxed and happy players out there and rightly so.

England victorious
Dylan Hartley of England receives medical assistance after picking up an injury
Hartley was carried off in the second half
Englands players celebrate after winning the Six Nations
Dylan Hartley is back out there

Dylan Hartley is back out, with his team-mates, ready to lift the RBS Six Nations trophy.


CHRIS FOY: England’s replacements and staff are gathering in the technical area alongside the touchline near halfway, shaking hands and hugging – ready to join the celebrations. And it’s all over. England have won their first Grand Slam since 2003. That represents an emphatic recovery from the World Cup debacle. Billy Vunipola has been named Man of the Match.

France 21-31 England

Nervy at times there but England have done it, a 10 point margin slightly flatters them tonight but they were clinical when it mattered.



Grand Slam nears
England players have a team talk as they close in on Grand Slam
View from the stands

CHRIS FOY: With that penalty by Owen Farrell, England have clinched their Grand Slam. Hopefully, Dylan Hartley will be cleared to take part in the presentation ceremony…

Swing low, sweet chariot

'Swing low sweet chariot' rings out around the Stade de France as the Grand Slam nears ever closer for England.


That has to be that. Farrell makes no mistake and the gap is now TEN POINTS.

England penalty

Owen Farrell gets set.

Drop goal miss

George Ford just misses but the penalty has already been awarded. Farrell with a shot at the posts now.

Four minutes to go

England building pressure in the French half. Three points on the table if they want it...

Four minutes left

France need a converted try to deny England the Slam. They're deep inside their own half.

England turnover

Just as France look like building up a head of steam, England win it back.

Grand Slam?

England have about six minutes to hold on here. France haven't looked likely in this second half, England haven't been opened up anywhere near as much as they were in the first 40 minutes.

France 21-28 England

It's straight and true, Farrell extends the lead to seven with seven and a half minutes remaining.

England penalty

Replacement Paul Jedrasiak penalised on the halfway line. Owen Farrell is going for this...

View from the stands

CHRIS FOY: England captain Dylan Hartley has just received a standing ovation from the crowd – French and English supporters alike – as he was carried off the pitch after taking a knee to the head from monstrous home prop, Uini Atonio.

Hartley lay motionless for several seconds before team medics were able to attend to him and take him off.

Hartley off

Big 13 minutes or so for Luke Cowan-Dickie who replaces the skipper.

Hartley still down

Does not look likely that Hartley will continue here. Fair to say the lights went out before he could even attempt a tackle there.

Hartley takes big hit

Dylan Hartley takes a big hit and he's lying prone on the ground, he's not moving and there are stretchers out on the pitch now. Replays show the England captain heading Uini Atonio's knee as he goes in for a tackle.

Tense moments

We're into the final quarter in Paris now and these are the moments where titles are won and lost. Four points in it, both sides locked into an attritional game right now. No free flowing running, it's dogged physicality. French scrum fails again and England have a free kick.

England knock-on

Messy lineout from the French once again but England are penalised for a knockdown through George Kruis. France put in at the scrum

France penalty

Itoje is harshly reprimanded and France can now kick to touch. They find it on the halfway line, but the French lineout is no guarantee tonight...

French lineout

Stolen again by Itoje! Hugely important again from the youngsters as France are once again denied to build any momentum forwards.

Anthony Watson of England scores his side's third try
Watson put England seven points ahead in the second-half
France 21-25 England

How are your nerves? This is spellbinding, gripping rugby. Just as England look to be on the home straight, the French pull them back. It's a great finale to this Six Nations in Paris.

France penalty

And once again England give away a penalty at the re-start. It's seven from seven now for Machenaud and the gap is down to four.

France 18-25 England

Owen Farrell misses the conversion but England have extended their lead to seven thanks to that fantastic score from Watson. And now France ring the replacements.


Anthony Watson goes over in the corner after Ben Youngs escapes and sets him free down the left with a brilliantly poked through ball.

Nerves building

It's clear that this England side know how close they to the Grand Slam. The partisan crowd is playing on their nerves and they've made a series of basic errors.

Missed drop goal

George Ford miscues an attempted drop goal. It sails harmlessly wide. England lose all momentum and now France have the chance to clear.

France 18-20 England

Six from six for that man Machenaud.

France penalty

England fail to release and it's another French penalty. One of the English players overheard shouting 'discipline' on the pitch, he's not wrong. England are allowing the French to come back into it time and time again just as they look like pulling away.

Live action
France's centre Maxime Mermoz runs with the ball next to England's flanker James Haskell
France's and England's players prepare for a scrum
France 15-20 England

And it just about sneaks through from Farrell. England's lead is back to five and they have a scrum inside their own half from the resulting kick-off.

England penaltyrugby

Sloppy error from the French, offside from the breakdown and Owen Farrell can make amends for that early miss almost straight away.

Ben Youngs on for Danny Care

Early change from Eddie Jones with an exchange of scrum-halves.

France 15-17 England

Machenaud strikes again, the gap is down to TWO.

France penalty

Stunning break from the French and they're just one offload away from a try but England are back just in time. They attempt a cross-field kick but Nowell is back in time. But the referee had already blown, French penalty.

40 minutes from the Grand Slam

England fans can smell that Grand Slam. But the Stade de France has the feel of a proper sporting cauldron tonight. A big second half will be needed from Eddie Jones' men.

And we're back underway!

France kick us off

Even opening period

England have two tries, France have been flawless in their kicking. But it's difficult to say who'd actually be more pleased with that first-half effort. France have largely been better and England have made sloppy errors. It's hard to call, but make no mistake about it the Parisian crowd are well up for spoiling the night for England.

England's flanker Chris Robshaw is tackled by France's centre Gael Fickou
France's Maxime Machenaud is tackled by England's Danny Care
France's centre Maxime Mermoz vies for the ball with England's winger Jack Nowell
Stadium view

CHRIS FOY: England have evidently worked to tone down what had been an over-reliance on Billy Vunipola for ball-carrying duties.

With huge French tacklers lying in wait here and putting in big shots, the visitors have made havy use of their two flankers, Chris Robshaw and James Haskell, to take the ball to the line in an attempt to find holes.

As yet, it has largely been a thankless task, but they have gamely persevered.

France 12-17 England

At half-time there's just a single score between the two sides. France have arguably been the better side but England have been ruthless in the final 22. But in general play they haven't been good enough. They've missed 15 of 58 tackles in the opening 40 minutes.


A rare miss from the previously flawless Farrell is it flies to the left of the posts from out on the right hand side.

England penalty

French scrum collapses once again and the referee Nigel Owen has had enough. Owen Farrell can now kick at the posts.

France knock-on

Machenaud knocks-on as he is about to release the ball from a ruck. England have a scrum inside the French 22 and can extend their lead back to eight...

France penalty

Machenaud is right on song again. England's lead is down to five as France creep ever closer.

French lineout

Tidy scrum from the French and they get rid of the ball, England are then penalised after Anthony Watson fails to release on the halfway line. France go for the lineout on the English 22.


After going through a number of phases England lose the ball as Vunipola knocks on. They were looking good value for a third try of the half in that phase but the French now have a chance to start again.

England put-in at the scrum

It breaks down and the referee turns the tables around. England building towards the line now.

Mike Brown goes close

Mike Brown has a clear run at the line but he stumbles at the critical moment. It's a scrum with French put-in in the corner and 6 metres from the French try-line.

Live action
England's Danny Care scores his side's first try
Mike Brown of England offloads as he is tackled by Scott Spedding of France
Care the key man
Owen Farrell on form

CHRIS FOY: Owen Farrell is putting in a mammoth shift here.

The England No 12 is taking centre stage as a goal-kicker, but a lot of his work so far has been of the unglamorous kind.

Every other ruck seems to involve the Saracen clearing-out with gusto and he is weighing in with more than his fair share of tackles when the French come swarming forward. He wants this.

France 9-17 England

Machenaud is straight and true as France take the three points. Lead down to eight.

France penalty

France lose their way, England slow it down and turn it over. But after winning back possession they give away a penalty after not releasing on the floor.

France push England back

England have been clinical so far but France have looked dangerous. The 11 point lead doesn't feel a fair reflection of the opening half-hour and the hosts have England deep in their own 22 now.


CHRIS FOY: If England keep their heads, they have a strong grip on this game already, despite the stirring French efforts to prevent a Grand Slam being won by their rivals on their soil.

Guy Noves’ side have been daring and expansive so far, but as was the case in Edinburgh last week, they lack precision. In contrast, England – aside from an over-thrown pass by Mike Brown when Danny Care had a clear run to the line – have shown a far more clinical streak.

They already have the RBS Six Nations trophy and the Slam is already well within reach…

Cole goes over
Dan Cole scores England's second try of the night in Paris
France 6-17 England

It was a superb finish from Dan Cole as he rode a challenge on the line and rode over to get himself and the ball the right side of the line. It extends England's lead to 11 points after only 22 minutes here.


The referee dismisses the TMO, boos rain down from the crowd and England have their second try. Owen Farrell extends the lead.


Or is it? It's going upstairs. Dan Cole thinks he has a second try but TMO are checking...

Live action
Danny Care goes over underneath the posts
Owen Farrell makes no mistake in front of the posts
France 6-10 England

Ill-discipline from Vunipola and Machenaud makes no mistake.

England ahead early on
France 3-10 England

That really did come out of nothing. Rousing Marseillaise from the crowd here as they look to muster a response. They've been well on top in the opening quarter.

Danny Care try!

What a score! Out of nothing England have the lead. Danny Care picks the ball up from a ruck and just runs into the vacant gap afforded him by sloppy French defence. Terrible from the hosts but England won't care one jot.

France on top

Machenaud has his kicking boots on tonight. He finds touch deep in the English 22 as the hosts sense a way through.

France 3-3 England

Owen Farrell brings England their first points of the game as his penalty goes in off the post. Lucky escape for the Grand Slam chasers.

France 3-0 England

Machenaud gives France the early lead.

France going for the posts

France win the lineout and drive forward in the ruck. After a couple of phases of play, they break into the final 22 and force the penalty. Early chance to kick for the posts for hosts.

Penalty for France

Early penalty for France after England tackle the man in the air. Not a disciplined start from Eddie Jones' men as they give up easy territory in their own half straight away.

And they're off!

George Ford gets us underway in Paris

England wearing the poppy
The teams are out

The anthems have been sung, both sides are ready to go. Can Eddie Jones' men finish the job or will the mercurial French spoil the party once again? Let's find out.

Kick-off approaching

We're less than 10 minutes from the start in the Stade de France. National anthems to follow...

England are put through their paces ahead of kick-off
Joe Marler is in the side today after avoiding
France's players warm up prior to the start of the game
England fans in the house

England fans are streaming into the Stade de France. They've waited 13 years for a Grand Slam and they don't want to wait any longer.

England supporters cheer prior to the match between England and France
Maro Itoje is ready

Maro Itoje has been hugely impressive in his maiden Six Nations campaign so far. The lock has had a transformative effect on this England side after a disappointing World Cup last year and the 21-year-old will be starting his third game of the tournament.

England's lock Maro Itoje looks on prior to kick-off
England's Six Nations so far

March 12: Wales (h) WON 25-21

February 27: Ireland (h) WON 21-10

February 14: Italy (a) WON 40-9

February 6: Scotland (a) WON 15-9

Four wins from four, a scrappy victory at Murrayfield, a thrashing of a poor Italian side and two hard-fought wins over Ireland and Wales. Only France stand in England's way now...

Ireland beat Scotland in Dublin

Ireland 35-25 Scotland

In a thrilling game at the Aviva Stadium, with tempers flaring on both sides, Ireland and Scotland shared seven tries between them, with the hosts prevailing in the end. Both sides also saw players sin-binned, but it was Ireland who ended a frustrating campaign on a positive note.

Victory for Wales

Wales 67-14 Italy

Wales thumped Italy in the first of three games this afternoon. Warren Gatland's side scored nine tries as they tore the wooden spoon winners apart at the Principality Stadium. The Welsh will finish second in the group, but defeat at Twickenham last weekend cost them a shot at the title.


Atmosphere building in Paris

Eddie Jones has been for a walk around the pitch in Paris and the fans are gathering outside the stadium. Kick-off is just under 45 minutes away, so let's remind ourselves of today's action and how England have got where they are today, with a shot at the Grand Slam.

Eddie Jones goes for a walk around the outfield as kick-off looms in Paris
An England and France fan pose for a photo outside the ground
The scene is set for Saturday night's Grand Slam decider between England and France
Plenty of merchandise was being sold outside the ground in the buildup to kick-off
Good evening

Hello and welcome to live coverage of England's Grand Slam decider against France at the Stade de France. It's set up to be a cracker as Eddie Jones' side look to put the gloss on their Six Nations title.

England face France in Paris on Saturday night as they look to secure the Six Nations Grand Slam

England face France in Paris on Saturday night as they look to secure the Six Nations Grand Slam

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