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Six Nations as it happened

Wales 23-15 England
France 22-13 Scotland

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By Pranav Soneji

1928: So that's it from me, thanks for your company throughout today - although both results went with the form book, it was hardly what you would call emphatic. Until next time, happy Valentine's Day.

"There's a perception problem - we were five penalties down very quickly. Calls get made in the heat of the Test matches, they kicked 18 points off this, I'm disappointed because our defence was really good."
England manager Martin Johnson on his side's disciplinary issues


"Jonno has got to go. One win out of five is not good enough. The country demands more. It's the same old story of a great player failing in management. Get out now before you're fired."
dudepod45 on 606

80 mins: The clock ticks past 80 mins but England are still playing through the phases. However, the visitors concede a penalty and Jonathan Kaplan blows his whistle when Stephen Jones kicks high into the stands to give Wales their third consecutive win over England, the first time they have done that in 20 years.

78 mins: A penalty sees England advance into Wales territory, but it's all forlorn now.

76 mins: England recycle the ball, but it's inside their own half as Wales' defence stands firm. And they force the error to earn the put-in at the scrum.

73 mins: England are given the perfect opportunity to close the deficit to five points again when Ryan Jones is penalise for not rolling away at the tackle, but Toby Flood misses his penalty attempt from the right - the kind of kick an international penalty taker should be expected to make every time.

71 mins: PEN WALES 23-15 ENGLAND
Both teams indulge in a spot of kicking tennis, before Leigh Halfpenny collects his own garryowen to give Wales the position inside England's half. Palpable relief as Tom Croft concedes England's 11th penalty, this time for a deliberate knock on. Referee Kaplan has more words with Steve Borthwick - any more of that and it's another one going off, he says. Up steps Stephen Jones and Wales extends their lead to eight points.

66 mins: Tom Shanklin makes a half break from a cheeky kick, but Wales skipper Ryan Jones is nailed by three white shirts, driving him back a good few yards, earning them the feed in the scrum.

63 mins: After a series of encouraging phases from England, Andrew Sheridan is pinged for not letting go on the floor, much to the delight of the home faithful, currently about one inch from falling off their seats. England make four changes with Dylan Hartley, Luke Narraway, Julian White and Mathew Tait coming on.

"Am in hospital enviously eyeing the tv unit on the empty bed opposite. Is there really a chance of a upset? Is it worth the £2 fee and the act of pure cheek?" Royston, Southampton via TEXT 81111


59 mins: Harry Ellis sends a high, intelligent kick into space behind Wales' backline for Paul Sackey to run on to, but the Wasps flyer can't quite get the connection with his boot to kick the ball into his path and Wales just about get back to clear the danger. However, the ball finds its way to replacement Tom Croft, who is bundled to touch by three defenders making a burst for the tryline. Enthralling.

56 mins: TRY WALES 20-15 ENGLAND
Oh my days my ticker can't cope with this. Nice build-up play from England sees Phil Vickery's inside pass find Delon Armitage on the Wales 22m line, and the full-back throws a dummy to fool his marker before waltzing through a huge hole and scoring under the posts. Toby Flood, on as a replacement, adds the extras.

53 mins: PEN WALES 20-8 ENGLAND
England's backs are all caught offside after a powerful surge from Wales captain Ryan Jones. Up steps Stephen Jones to clock Wales' 11th unanswered point with a simple kick in front of the sticks.

51 mins: England have no invention, no spark of industry - their "give it to the big bloke and run" tactics are playing right into Wales' hands. A close-up of World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward puffing his cheeks sums up England's performance right now.

48 mins: Joe Worsley puts in another almighty tackle on Jamie Roberts and turns the centre over in the process. The tackle was made that much more important considering Wales had numbers on the flank.

45 mins: England go back to basics and play through the middle, but are turned over on the Wales 22m line. The lack of fly-half means they have no choice.

44 mins: TRY WALES 17-8 ENGLAND
Paul Sackey gets turned over on halfway and within seconds, Martyn Williams, Matthew Rees and Adam Jones work the ball into space out wide. Lee Byrne straightens the line, draws the last man and gives Leigh Halfpenny a clear run to the line. That's how you use turnover ball. Although Stephen Jones misses with the conversion, the Millennium Stadium crowd is going ballistic.

41 mins: PEN WALES 12-8 ENGLAND
Sensational burst from Jamie Roberts, who skips past the outside shoulder of Mike Tindall into space. The ball is taken up by Leigh Halfpenny, who is just hauled down inches from England's tryline. Up goes the arm of referee Kaplan to indicate a penalty is in the offing. And oh dear - England are down to 14 men again, this time it's Andy Goode, who is penalised for going in off his feet in the ruck and killing the ball. Out comes the yellow card and a point towards the sin-bin. Up steps Stephen Jones for a well-taken penalty. Wales lead by four points.

1824: Stephen Jones gets the second half under way.

"Dear Agony Uncle Pranav, I am English and my fiancé is Welsh. We are due to get married in September. How do I avoid a potential pre-marriage break up if Wales win? Obviously I will be sniggeringly gracious if England earn a well-deserved victory, but honestly - the other-half will be unbearable to live with if Wales win. For England, Harry and St George, yours part-Irish but mostly English, little Tigs."
littletigger13 on 606

I feel your pain Tigs, can I let you know in 40 minutes?

1815: I can't quite fathom what just happened in that half. Wales ran the show in the first 20 minutes, a triple-figure score wasn't out of the question. Leigh Halfpenny, Lee Bryne and Jamie Roberts in particular were running through defensive holes the size of France. However, so concerned were England about their disciplinary issues, they had been training with 14 men all week. And their practise paid dividends when Sackey ran through after outpacing Mark Jones. Here's hoping for another enthralling second half.


40 mins: Joe Worsley dishes out another crunching tackle, this time on Jamie Roberts. The Wasps flanker has made countless big hits in this half, easily England's best player so far. Roberts spies a gap, but is brought down by two white shirts. And referee Jonathan Kaplan blows his whistle to bring an end to a very strange - but incredibly compelling - first half of rugby.

35 mins: Delon Armitage collects a testing high ball from Lee Byrne, but the Wales full-back takes his England counterpart out in the air, earning England the opportunity to clear their lines. Armitage winces as he gingerly gets to his feet.

33 mins: After a very dodgy opening 20 minutes, England are settling down and playing through a number of phases. However, Harry Ellis and Joe Worsley charge down Jamie Roberts' clearance kick, but the ball fortunately finds its way to Halfpenny, whose silky footwork skills through a broken field earn Wales valuable yards into England's half.

England are awarded a penalty when Wales are caught offside around the 40m line. The ball finds Andy Goode, who lands an audacious drop-goal from distance, narrowing Wales' lead to just one point. The decibels level at the Millennium Stadium just halved.

"This is the most indisciplined international side of all time. Do they know the rules or are they deliberately breaking them?"
Ryan Penter via TEXT 81111

26 mins: England are back to full strength with Mike Tindall serving his 10 minutes in the sin-bin.

23 minutes:TRY WALES 9-5 ENGLAND
Absolutely sensational back play sees Andy Goode chip an inviting ball on for winger Paul Sackey, with opposite number Mark Jones in hot pursuit. The Wasps flyer beats Jones to the ball and touches down a superb try - and remember England are one-man down too with Tindall in the sin-bin. Goode misses the tough conversion kick from the touchline.

20 minutes:PEN WALES 9-0 ENGLAND
Wales are all over this match like a hungry python eyeing its next victim. Phil Vickery is told to meet opponent Gethin Jenkins square by referee Kaplan, but after the third time the scrum is broken up, the South African official has had enough because Vickery's bind is on the shirt, not the arm, of Jenkins, handing Leigh Halfpenny another punt at goal from distance, which he duly slots over. It's like watching Wales play Chipping Sodbury's under-13s rather than 15 of the best players in England.

15 mins: PEN WALES 6-0 ENGLAND
Time for the first set-piece, but England are penalised and Mike Phillips takes a quick tap. Lovely slick passing sees backs running on to the ball at real pace - and once again England are penalised for not rolling away at the tackle. And as promised, referee Jonathan Kaplan reaches for his pocket and sends the offender - Mike Tindall - to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

Poor discipline from England - all weeks Steve Borthwick has been on about how the team have addressed the issue. Obviously they haven't remembered what was said. And to compound matters further, Stephen Jones adds the three points from the right touchline.

"The discipline from England is shocking. Three penalties in the first few minutes. The ref has already warned England. I expect a yellow card for England before 20 mins."
Eirebillyon 606

10 mins: Excellent tackle from Joe Worsley sees Wales spill the ball on their 40m line, handing England their first opportunity to enter Welsh territory. But Andy Goode is penalised for not realising in the tackle. However, Lee Byrne's penalty does not find touch, so England are unexpectedly back in possession.

Six mins: England concede another penalty, once again killing the ball as Wales look for quick ball. This offence comes with a stern talking-to from referee Kaplan, who doesn't mince his words - any more of that and it's yellow card time. However, Stephen Jones leaves the lengthy kick for Leigh Halfpenny, but the winger's long-range attempt is just wide of the posts. Lucky escape for England, who are all over the place right now.

Four mins: PEN Wales 3-0 England
Quick recycling from a line-out sees Wales to within five metres of England's line and the visitor kills the ball illegally, handing Stephen Jones the simplest of kicks to open up a three-point advantage. Ominous for England.

Two mins: Wales' well-oiled backs slide through a number of passes and only Harry Ellis prevents them from advancing deep into England's 22m as the scrum-half kicks the ball out to touch. Menacing from Wales.

One min: Delon Armitage attempts a rather pathetic drop-goal from 40m out, squirming along the deck to the 22m line...

1727: One of those England players is guilty of possessing quite possibly the worst singing voice on these shores. "Land of our Fathers" is a little easier on the ear though. We're all set for kick-off with Andy Goode taking the drop-kick...

1726: "Obviously the Welsh are going to win: they are arguably the best team in the Northern Hemisphere right now, while England are still trying to piece together a team that works as such."
Applemask on 606

1725: BBC analyst Austin Healey thinks referee Jonathan Kaplan will have a huge role to play in this match. If he allows England to slow down Wales ball, then the visitors could well prosper.

1723: "Just bet a fiver with my work-mates that an England player will be sin-binned within 20 minutes, yup, it's that bad."
Anonymous via TEXT 81111

1721: The defending Six Nations champions will be without winger Shane Williams, who failed a late fitness test on a sprained ankle. Seems the Ospreys winger is a little cursed this weekend - a life-sized pie (yes, that's pie) of Williams suffered a major blow when its head fell off on Friday.

1719: A quick reminder of the line-ups:

Wales: Lee Byrne; Leigh Halfpenny, Tom Shanklin, Jamie Roberts, Mark Jones; Stephen Jones, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Matthew Rees, Adam Jones, Ian Gough, Alun-Wyn Jones, Ryan Jones (capt), Martyn Williams, Andy Powell.
Replacements: Huw Bennett, John Yapp, Luke Charteris, Dafydd Jones, Dwayne Peel, James Hook, Andrew Bishop.

England: Delon Armitage; Paul Sackey, Mike Tindall, Riki Flutey, Mark Cueto; Andy Goode, Harry Ellis; Andrew Sheridan, Lee Mears, Phil Vickery, Steve Borthwick (capt), Nick Kennedy, James Haskell, Joe Worsley, Nick Easter.
Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Julian White, Tom Croft, Luke Narraway, Paul Hodgson, Toby Flood, Mathew Tait.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa).

1716: If you're an English fan searching for consolation crumbs of comfort, Martin Johnson has never lost a match at the Millennium Stadium. For all you Gavin and Stacey fans, uncle Bryn - aka Rob Brydon - is very much in the house.

1714: "I'm English and I'll always support England obviously, but I'm a realist. This I fear, will be an easy victory for Wales with England really struggling with their management at the moment."
MightyLFCKopite on 606

1707: If you're looking for omens for an England victory at the Millennium Stadium, then you may want to look away now. Wales Women have just beaten their England counterparts for the first time ever with a 16-15 victory. It was a real nail-biter too as a penalty kick from full-back Non Evans four minutes into injury time clinched the one-point victory in Taffs Well.

1657: Right, over the La Manche in Cardiff and England manager Martin Johnson has declined the Welsh invitation to close the roof at the Millennium Stadium. "It's not a big deal, the weather is fine," he says. That man could frighten a vampire symposium. Everyone feeling the love? Me neither.

1654: "Scotland's last match is the Calcutta Cup match (on 21 March) against England, which could be the wooden spoon decider." Former Scotlandscrum-half Andy Nicol on BBC One

1644: So the Scottish Parisian drought continues, this defeat is their 10th in 11 meetings, so they'll have to wait until 2011 for another attempt to defeat Les Bleus on home turf. But there will be huge positives for coach Frank Hadden, the display of the Evans brothers will gladden the hearts of most Scottish doom-mongers.

"The errors are awful from Scotland but the ref has done is no favours. Why did he not got to the tmo for the try? Barnes was well out of position too!"
Anon on TEXT 81111

"The game was lost at the breakdown and Scotland lack the physical edge to compete there and to organise themselves properly in defence."
Hey Mate, Aussie Rugger 'Ere on 606


80 mins: BBC pundit Andy Nicol names blind-side flanker Thierry Dusautoir as his man of the match. The French want another try, but they are held up just short and referee George Clancy shrills out three short blasts of his whistle to incidate full-time.

78 mins: Lovely counter-attack from France's backs after Hugo Southwell thumps a clearance into the French 22m, with Medard once again leading the charge. The move sees try scorer Fulgence Ouedraogo to within five metres of the Scotland line, where the visitors are penalised for hands in the ruck. France opt for the scrum, much to the delight of the packed Stade de France crowd.

72 mins: TRY FRANCE 22-13 SCOTLAND
Just when it looked promising... Gloucester prop Alasdair Dickinson is penalised for not releasing in the tackle, and Lionel Beauxis extends the lead to nine points with a penalty just outside the Scotland 22 straight in front of the posts..

69 mins: TRY FRANCE 19-13 SCOTLAND
Brilliant stuff from Scotland's backs. Phil Godman starts the whole shebang off with a powerful surge deep into French 22m territory, before the ball is recycled out to fleet-footed Thom Evans, who glides past two defenders to touch down on his debut under the sticks. Chris Paterson adds the two points - as if he was going to miss - for a tub-thumping 10-minute finale.

65 mins: Former captain and kicker extraordinaire ChrisPaterson is on for Scotland, while Morgan Parra replaces Sebastien Tillous-Borde at nine.

63 mins: Excellent interchange between Phil Godman and Thom Evans sees the winger race clear, but an inopportune slip allows France to regroup, although they concede a penalty as Scotland look to recycle. Mike Blair opts for the quick tap to maintain the momentum, but France shepherd the Scotland captain into touch. Another split-second and Blair would have probably taken the certain three points on offer.

61 mins: Phil Godman skews a chance to pull Scotland to 10 points when his penalty kick goes wide of the left-hand post.

58 mins: PENFrance 19-6 Scotland
It's going from bad to worse for Scotland, who are penalised for an offence in the scrum about five metres outside the Scotland 22. Up steps Beauxis, who thumps over penalty number four. And there's more good news for the French massive - Sebastien Chabal - aka Seabass - is on for Romain Millo-Chluski, while replacement centre Maxime Mermoz is on for benoit Baby.

56 mins: Top offload from Ross Ford in the tackle - rugby league-style - feeds John Barclay, who has Mike Blair on his shoulder. The offload finds his captain, who surges into the French 22, but he has absolutely no support and unsurprisingly is pinged for holding on in the tackle as he is swarmed by white shirts. Wasted opportunity for Scotland.

"Where is the passion from the first half? Was Hadden's team talk that bad!"GK1982 on 606

52 mins: PENFrance 16-6 Scotland
More indiscipline from Scotland sees Benoit Baby tackled around his head. Up steps Lionel Beauxis for his third penalty of the afternoon, a belter from 45 metres out.

51 mins: Wonderful expansive backs play from France sees Benoit Baby feed Maxime Medard on the run. The fleet-footed Toulouse winger sends up a kick and chase for himself, but top defensive cover from Simon Danielli clears the danger. Worrying signs for Scotland.

47 mins: PENFrance 13-6 Scotland
Scotland close the gap to seven points after France are penalised just after the kick-off as Phil Godman lands his second penalty of the afternoon.

46 mins: TRYFrance 13-3 Scotland
Lovely pop passing from France sees Maxime Medard feed Fulgence Ouedraogo for the first try of the game. Scotland are not happy, they feel there was crossing in the build-up to the try, as well as a forward pass from Medard to Ouedraogo. The replay suggests so. However, touch judge Wayne Barnes has every confidence the score was a good one and so referee George Clancy awards the try, which Beauxis successfully converts.

44 mins: The impressively sideburned Maxime Medard hacks a loose ball towards Scotland's tryline, but Thom Evans clears the danger for a 22m drop-out.

43 mins: Scotlandare penalised for closing the gap at the line-out, but Romain Millo-Chluski spills the ball, giving Scotland the scrum on their 40m line.

41 mins: Slightly sloppy start by Scotland as Mike Blair and Simon Taylor go for the same high ball and get in each other's way before knocking it out into touch.

1555: The players are back out on the field in Paris, and the cameras are understandably focussed on Max Evans. The Scotland centre has had a cracking first half, and has taken to Test rugby like a duck - with a 50m breaststroke badge - to water so far.

1552: "Scotland just need a bit more composure and they could do something special - they don't need to force it or look for the miracle ball every time."
BBC pundit and former Scotland captain Andy Nicol.

1549: "Scotland are playing fantastic rugby but I think we may still lose, hoping to be proven wrong! Come on Scotland!"
GK 1982 on 606


40 mins: Lionel Beauxis's cheeky kick sees France into Scotland's 22 with 20 seconds left on the clock, but Scotland hold out and referee George Clancy blows up (not literally) for half-time. Hmmmm, scrappy, but Scotland are very much in this.

37 mins: PEN: France 6-3 Scotland
Beauxis makes amends for his miss just seconds earlier by landing a penalty after he was rather unceremoniously tackled around the neck by an over enthusiastic John Barclay.

35 mins: Sloppy work from Scotland. Just seconds after equalising, Scotland are penalised for going off their feet outside their 22m line, but Beauxis makes a right sclaff of his penalty attempt, so we're still level.

33 mins: PEN: France 3-3 Scotland
Hands in the ruck from centre Benoit Baby and referee Clancy awards Scotland a penalty on the right just outside of the France 22m line. Phil Godman strikes an absolute dream kick as the ball dissects the posts for the perfect riposte.

30 mins: France are penalised for obstruction, so Phil Godman clears to the French 22m line. But Scotland can't capitalise on their territorial advantage, courtesy of some smart defence from Thierry "12 and 3" Dusautoir.

28 mins: France's front row are penalised for engaging too early at the scrum - a free-kick - but Mike Blair's clearance clatters off a French player on the Scotland 22m. A lovely kick from Cederic Heymans pins Thom Evans back in the 22 again, but the winger clears towards the halway line. Scotland's defence has been solid, although the French attacking options are tres limited.

24 mins: Lionel Beauxis pounces on a loose ball and hacks into space and looks menacing. However, the bounce of the ball does not go his way and Thom Evans clears up as France concede a penalty for going off their feet at the breakdown.

"It's error-strewn, but to be honest it's a masterclass in international rugby compared with England v Italy's efforts last week…"
HM, ARE on 606

22 minutes: PEN: France 3-0 Scotland
Kelly Brown is penalised for not rolling away at the tackle. However, watching the replay, there was no chance he could have moved away from hooker Szarzewski. This time Lionel Beauxis doesn't miss and France have the lead.

19 minutes: We have had 12 errors within the first 20 minutes of this match, scrappier than a car park dust-up. Another French mistake earns more derision from the Parisian crowd, while Scotland's backs throw a few risky pases inside their own 22.

17 minutes: Big problems for Scotland - their only specialist second row, Jim Hamilton, has been replaced by Kelly Brown. Hamilton has a shoulder injury and could not push in the scrum, which might explain why Scotland were pummelled earlier. So Scotland now have five back-row forwards on the pitch. Could Frank Hadden regret that decision?

14 mins: France take a quick tap after a free-kick from a scrum and Beauxis thumps a huge up-and-under for Harinordoquy, but Scotland's defence holds up well and Scotland turn the ball over.

13 mins: Awesome power from the French forwards, who pummel Scotland's set-piece with a huge surge. Imanol Harinordoquy breaks off at the back of the scrum, but his offload is spilled by Tillous-Borde. However, referee Clancy penalises Scotland for breaking up the scrum too early. But Lionel Beauxis misses the penalty kick, which has not pleased the volatile French faithful.

11 mins: A touch of fortune for Hugo Southwell, who thumps a clearance kick straight at Clement Poitrenaud on his own 22m line, but the ball goes straight into touch, much to the Scotland full-back's relief.

Eight mins: Another powerful surge from a Scotland back, this time from Max Evans, who is halted just outside the France 22m. France has yet to string together three passes so far. You could hear a snail break wind at the Stade de France right now it's that quiet.

"Very good start for Scotland. They are putting France well under pressure. Great stuff."
fakz_89 on 606

Five mins: Lucky escape for France scrum-half Sebastien Tillous-Borde, who fumbles a loose ball inside his tryline with Thom Evans sniffing around his heels. Referee Clancy goes to the video ref to check the grounding. However, Tillous-Borde JUST gets his hands on the ball before Evans, so it's a five-metre scrum. Another encouraging move to get Scotland inside the tryline, with quick ball to the flanks from a solid line-out.

Three mins: Scotland steal Dimitri Szarzewski's line-out throw and Graeme Morrison makes a powerful surge towards the halfway line. Encouraging start.

Two mins: Good start from Scotland, who capitalise on a French mistake just after the start, but the French consolidate and make their way towards the halfway line, but Scotland are penalised for coming in at the side in the tackle area and Lionel Beauxis clears to 10m from the Scotland 22m line.

1500: We're set for kick-off at the Stade de France. In charge for the first time in an international is Irish referee George Clancy. And Phil Godman's drop-kick starts the match.

1456: A lone bagpiper belts out "Flower of Scotland" before an ever-rousing rendition of "La Marseillaise" gets the French faithful in full voice.

1454: Scotland coach Frank Hadden has made five changes to the starting XV that lost to 26-13 to Wales, with the Evans brothers - Thom and Max - becoming the 20th set brothers to play in the same Scotland team. Interesting duo, not your average path to the rugby field...

Meanwhile, Hadden dismisses concerns that a illness bug has made an impact during the build-up to the match. "We had a bit of sickness but everybody was fine by yesterday afternoon," he tells BBC reporter Dan Walker.

1450: "Probably the most amazing performance Scotland have ever produced."
BBC pundit Andy Nicol on Scotland's last victory over France in Paris in 1999, 36-22 win.

1447: Great anti-Valentine's suggestions from you lot (see 1432): We have "Girlfriend in a coma" from Ian in Stockport and "Used to love her" by Guns N Roses from Mark in Blackpool via TEXT 81111 (bit love-shy in the north-west?). Meanwhile, Mackem03 on 606 says: "If England beat Wales today, I've told my girlfriend I'll buy her a new ring. I think I'm alright though..."

1442: A quick reminder of the teams at the Stade de France:

Scotland: Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh); Simon Danielli (Ulster), Max Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors); Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Mike Blair (Edinburgh) capt; Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Jason White (Sale), Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh), Alasdair Strokosch (Glouceter, Simon Taylor (Stade Francais), John Barclay (Glasgow).

Replacements: Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors), Moray Low (Glasgow), Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Gray (Northampton Saints), Chris Cusiter (Perpignan), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Nick De Luca.

France: Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse); Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Benoit Baby (Clermont-Auvergne), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Cedric Heymans (Toulouse); Lionel Beauxis (Stade Francais), Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Castres); Fabien Barcella (Biarritz), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Lionel Nallet (Castres), Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpelier), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz).

Replacements: Renaud Boyoud (Dax), Benjamin Kayser (Leicester), Sebastien Chabal (Sale), Louis Picamoles (Montpellier), Morgan Parra (Bourgoin), Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), Julien Malzieu (Clermont Auvergne).

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

1435: "I have a bet. For every penalty England give away, I drink a pint, for every try Wales score, my friend drinks a pint. Who will drink more?? thoughts?"
fakz_89 on 606

A very close battle methinks - what happens if someone gets sent to the sin-bin?

1432: So who's got some serious romance/rugby-watching juggling to do this afternoon? Which is priority? And for all you singletons out there, let's have your suggestions for the best anti-Valentine's Day songs.

I'll start it off with Malcolm Middleton's "We're All Going To Die". Straight to the point. Send in your suggestions via the 606 link above, or text 81111 with the word RUGBYU before your message and your love/hate will be spread to all parts of the world.

A life-sized pie of Shane Williams
Pie-aye man
1426: Over in Cardiff, things are all looking like a picture-perfect rose for Wales, who are bidding for their third successive win over England, a feat they last achieved 20 years ago. Not much love from Wales coach Warren Gatland, who has dug a few metaphorical rabbit punches into the kidneys by claiming England have regressed since the Autumn internationals. Ouch.

The defending Six Nations champions will be without winger Shane Williams, who failed a late fitness test on a sprained ankle. Seems the Ospreys winger is a little cursed this weekend - a life-sized pie (yes, that's pie) of Williams suffered a major blow when its head fell off on Friday.

Our thoughts are with the pie.

1420: Gay Paris - the city of amour, romantic strolls down the Champs Elysee, sharing a crepe suzette with a loved one under the Arc de Trimophe in soft focus to an accordion soundtrack played by a moustachioed man in a stripy black-and-white T-shirt riding a bicycle down a cobbled street. What better place to be on Valentine's Day?

Sound of record scratching and huge burly, grunting French forwards with necks the size of Belgium destroying everything within a 10-metre radius with Justice's "Stress" (ask your trendy younger brother) pounding away like an angry caged lion and you have what awaits Scotland at the Stade de France this afternoon.

The Scots have not won in Paris for 10 years and have lost nine of their last 10 encounters against France, so the form book doesn't particularly paint the rosiest of pictures for Frank Hadden's side. But on the plus side, they probably had a lovely bouillabaisse last night.

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see also
Wales 23-15 England
14 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
Wales v England photos
14 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
France 22-13 Scotland
14 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
France v Scotland match stats
31 Jan 08 |  Rugby Union
France v Scotland photos
14 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
Johnson wants Cardiff roof open
13 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
Jeremy Guscott column
13 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
Lions watch - Jamie Heaslip
08 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
Scotland look to the Evans
12 Feb 09 |  Scottish
Ieuan Evans' column
13 Feb 09 |  Welsh

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