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Clockwatch: France 31-6 England
All the action from Paris as France take on England in Sunday's Six Nations match (1500 KO).


FT: France 31-6 England


80 mins: The final whistle blows and France celebrate a deserved win. For the second game running, England have not scored a try and never really looked like doing so in Paris. There is plenty of work to do before the World Cup.

Meanwhile, France now go into the final weekend against Wales with the chance of winning the Six Nations, although Ireland also have a chance.

79 mins: TRY France 31-6 England
The game is scrappy but there is little to worry Les Bleus. England try to create something from deep but Goode's awful pass is easily intercepted by Christophe Dominici who has the simple task of running in the closing score. Yachvili converts.

72 mins: PENALTY France 24-6 England
France get another penalty after England infringe at the breakdown. Yachvili makes amends for his earlier misses and puts France further ahead.

Lock Simon Shaw comes on for Danny Grewcock while a groggy-looking Traille, who has just taken a blow to the head, is replaced by Ludovic Valbon.

67 mins: TRY France 21-6 England
Traille again causes havoc after Yachvili draws in the defence and releases him. The gifted centre kicks forward to the line for Fritz to collect but Ellis seems to get there first. However, the ball rolls under the diving Ellis and goes loose.
Traille supports the attack and gets his reward when he simply picks up and touches down. Yachvili misses the conversion but it is now surely game over.

66 mins: The England subs are not having a good time of it. Mears throws to French hands at his first line-out while Voyce knocks on after catching his own chip.

65 mins: France lock Fabien Pelous leaves the field to be replaced by Lionel Nallet. Isn't it England that substitute their captains?

64 mins: Damien Traille makes a wonderful break and France threaten the England try-line. With the Paris crowd sensing a crucial five points, Jerome Thion knocks on just two metres from glory.

62 mins: It's time for the big guns and the final throw of the dice by Robinson. Hooker Lee Mears and prop Andy Sheridan come into the front row for Steve Thompson and Matt Stevens. Lawrence Dallaglio also takes the field but Corry is safe, it's Worsley that makes way.

Dimitri Szarzewski replaces Ibanez for France.

60 mins: Voyce has an uncomfortable time with his first touch and illegally throws the ball away when isolated. Yachvili goes for goal but strikes it horribly and the ball goes well wide.

57 mins: Inch-by-inch, France's forwards make ground, presumably to give Michalak a drop-goal opportunity. He gets the ball but does not go for it, Yachvili does however, and misses.

Robinson decides to mix things up and Ellis and Voyce come on for Dawson and Tindall while for France, Julien Bonnaire replaces Magne.

54 mins: Rougerie is lightening quick down the right wing, leaving England's cover in his wake. France try to burst through but England's defence holds firm and they win some more turnover ball.

51 mins: France are able to gain ground after Corry is penalised for holding onto the ball after being tackled. France prop Olivier Milloud comes on for Pieter de Villiers.

49 mins: Corry tries to form a rolling maul from deep but is pulled up for making a "truck and trailer". France have the put-in at the scrum but England get the shove on and win the ball back.

47 mins: The game is far looser now with both sides looking to exploit any gaps. Michalak has little trouble in breezing past lock Steve Borthwick and France pile forward.

45 mins: England seem to be far more aggressive in the tackle and at the breakdown and win turnover ball from France on two occasions.

43 mins: PENALTY France 16-6 England
The visitors start the second half much better than the first and are able to keep the ball in hand. Magne is penalised for a deliberate knock on and Goode, who is on as Hodgson has a hamstring injury, kicks the penalty.

41 mins: Leicester's Andy Goode, who has come on at half-time for Hodgson, starts the second half.

As closing moments of Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones ring around the stadium, England come out onto the pitch after keeping France waiting for a couple of minutes.


HT: France 16-3 England


40 mins: Hodgson clears to touch to end another France attack and Rolland ends the half. England must regroup quickly at half-time if they are to have any chance of winning the game.

40 mins: PENALTY France 16-3 England
From the resulting line-out, England lay siege to the France line. Magne is blatantly offside right in front of the posts and Hodgson kicks the penalty to finally put England on the board.

38 mins: England get into the France 22 with the help of some powerful charges. Hodgson tries to play in Ben Cohen on the wing with a grubber kick but Castaignede reads it well and mops up the danger.

35 mins: Another England scrum turns into a mess and an under-pressure Cueto kicks straight into touch with a wave of blue shirts coming towards him. Corry complains to referee Alain Rolland that England's front row are not being allowed to scrummage properly.

33 mins: PENALTY France 16-0 England
Lewsey tries to attack from deep but he is well tackled by Castaignede. Dawson dives straight over the ball in the ruck and Yachvili kicks the penalty.

31 mins: There are encouraging signs for England as they go through the phases and slowly creep into the French half. However the attack comes to an end when France win the ball back.

29 mins: The resulting line-out sees Corry being pulled down. Hodgson goes for goal but the ball comes back off the post and Damien Traille is able to kick clear.

27 mins: Centre Mike Tindall gets over the gain-line and England start a promising attack. The ball is flung wide to Cueto and although he is tackled, France are penalised for diving in at the ruck. Hodgson goes for a penalty touch.

24 mins: England finally get some ball but France's defensive work is sound. England must be already thinking about changes as fly-half Andy Goode and wing Tom Voyce are told to warm up.

22 mins: If anything sums up England's desperate start, it is a dreadful kick from Hodgson to touch that goes straight out of play.

21 mins: Flanker Yannick Nyanga punches through the England defence after fly-half Charlie Hodgson misses his tackle. Michalak goes for the drop-goal but misses.

19 mins: From the penalty miss, wing Mark Cueto tries to attack from deep but the quick tap is a shambles. France spread the ball wide but Thomas Castaignede's pass to Rougerie is poor and the chance goes begging.

17 mins: France launch an impressive rolling maul that starts to get some momentum. England are warned for bringing it down, Yachvili goes for goal but his normally reliable boot misfires.

15 mins: England finally get some respite when Olivier Magne comes in at the side of a maul. They go for a penalty touch but England make a hash of the line-out and France get possession yet again.

12 mins: PENALTY France 13-0 England
France may be lighter in the pack but produce a superb push on an England scrum and win the penalty. Yachvili, who has been a thorn in England's side over the last two years, adds another three points.

6 mins: PENALTY France 10-0 England
France are on the front foot again but England somehow manage to turn the ball over. However, Worsley is penalised for holding on and Yachvili strokes the ball over. England are all over the place.

3 mins: England are stung by their awful start and a surge from hooker Raphael Ibanez begins another France attack. Wing Aurelien Rougerie kicks forward but England are able to get back and cover.

1 mins: TRY France 7-0 England
Michalak launches a high kick deep into the England half. Josh Lewsey and Jamie Noon go for the same ball and neither get it, the ball bounces, Damien Traille picks it up to feed Florian Fritz, who is able to cross with just 41 seconds on the board. Dimitri Yachvili converts.

1500: Under-fire fly-half Frederic Michalak gets the game underway for France and Joe Worsley takes the kick well.

1456: A rousing rendition of La Marseillaise is belted out and now the contest can begin.

1455: Although the England team is booed as the line-up is read out at the stadium, the national anthem is perfectly observed.

1452: England skipper Martin Corry and France captain Fabien Pelous lead their sides into the tunnel and then side-by-side, they walk out onto the pitch.

1447: Dawson has been passed fit for the game and will take the field with the number nine shirt on his back. Ellis is on the bench while Gomarsall can sit back and relax.

1441: England coach Andy Robinson cuts a brooding presence on the pitch as he watches his side go through their final preparations. He knows that his squad are under pressure and that they need to start taking their chances.

1429: There are doubts over Matt Dawson's participation in the game. He is suffering with an illness and has struggled in the warm-up.

If he does not make it, Harry Ellis will take his place at scrum-half while Worcester's Andy Gomarsall, who has flown over to Paris as cover, will be among the replacements.

1420: It is a sunny, dry day in France and the stage is set for the latest instalment of an intense rivalry.


England seek their first win in Paris since 2000 as France aim to boost their own Six Nations title chances with victory at the Stade de France.

Both sides have won two and lost one - both to Scotland - of their three games in the tournament to date.

England have made two changes with prop Matt Stevens and scrum-half Matt Dawson returning to the starting line-up.

France also make two changes in the same positions, with Sylvain Marconnet and Dimitri Yachvili back in the side.


France: Castaignede; Rougerie, Fritz, Traille, Dominici; Michalak, Yachvili; Marconnet, Ibanez, De Villiers; Pelous (capt), Thion; Nyanga, Magne, Lievremont.
Replacements: Szarzewski, Milloud, Nallet, Bonnaire, Elissalde, Valbon, Heymans.

England: Lewsey; Cueto, Noon, Tindall, Cohen; Hodgson, Dawson; Stevens, Thompson, White; Borthwick, Grewcock; Worsley, Moody, Corry (capt).
Replacements: Mears, Sheridan, Shaw, Dallaglio, Ellis, Goode, Voyce.

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Touch judges: Alan Lewis (Ireland) and Nigel Owens (Wales)




WATCH AND LISTEN
Highlights: France 31-6 England


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