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Twickenham, London - 11 March, 2007
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England coach Brian Ashton

England 26-18 France: Brian Ashton's reshuffled side attempt to derail France's Grand Slam ambitions at Twickenham

Toby Flood kicks a penalty

Toby Flood is one of 11 changes from the Ireland game and the fly-half keeps the score level after France's early penalty

Jason Robinson runs David Skrela and Dimitri Yachvili

Jason Robinson almost jinks through David Skrela and Dimitri Yachvili but England are soon behind to another penalty

David Strettle puts in a crucial tackle on Raphael Ibanez

David Strettle puts in a crucial tackle on Raphael Ibanez as mistakes continue to hamper both sides' attacking efforts

England's Mike Catt juggles the ball as David Skrela looks on

Recalled captain Mike Catt endures a few nervous moments and penalties mean England trail 9-12 at the break

Toby Flood scores a try for England

But a break from Catt after the restart leaves Flood in space and puts England ahead with the first try of the game

Toby Flood and Harry Ellis celebrate the opening try

Flood converts his own score but is soon forced off with a dead leg and Shane Geraghty comes on as a replacement

Dimitiri Yachvili passes from the base of the scrum

Yachvili takes over kicking duties from the injured Skrela and two penalties edge France 16-18 ahead

Shane Geraghty breaks for the second try

A penalty from Geraghty on his debut makes it 19-18, and the fly-half then breaks brilliantly from inside his own half

Mike Tindall scores England's second try

Mike Tindall gathers Geraghty's offload and goes over under the posts for a converted try that makes it 26-18

Mike Catt celebrates England's win

The score remains 26-18 at the whistle and Catt celebrates a triumphant return to international rugby

Disappointed French players

France reflect on broken Grand Slam dreams, while the championship title itself will be decided on the final weekend




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