France beat defending champions England as Ireland win Six Nations

Eddie Jones saw his England side beaten in Paris
Eddie Jones saw his England side beaten in Paris

France 22-16 England, Stade de France

Defending champions England conceded the Six Nations title to Ireland as a revitalized France beat an uninspired red rose team 22-16 on Saturday.

It was only a few months ago that France were a conversion away from losing to Japan. Now they've won back-to-back Tests and defeated last season's Six Nations champions.

England's bid to win a third straight championship collapsed with a second away loss.

The visitors failed the 'test of manhood' that Eddie Jones had set them as their title challenge broke down in the French capital.

England showcased appalling levels of discipline as they conceded 16 penalties and saw full-back Anthony Watson sin-binned in the second-half and a penalty try awarded.

After falling to Scotland in the Calcutta Cup, England started the match at Stade de France knowing they needed a bonus-point victory in Paris to keep their title hopes alive after Ireland's earlier four-try, 28-8 win over Scotland.

England managed to cross the try line just once in the game through Jonny May, who touched down with seven minutes left.

Maxime Machenaud converted four penalties and Lionel Beauxis added another for the French as Owen Farrell slotted two and Eliot Dally scoring one for the visitors.

This was France's first win over England in four years as Ireland clinched their third title in five years under Joe Schmidt.

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