Late Ramos penalty sees France beat England in thriller


France: (16) 33
Tries: Le Garrec, Barre, Fickou Pen: Ramos 4 Con: Ramos 3
England: (10) 31
Tries: Lawrence 2, Smith, Freeman Pen: Ford Con: Ford 3

Thomas Ramos kicked the winning penalty from the halfway line as France edged England in a seven-try thriller to finish second in the 2024 Six Nations.

The hosts led 16-3 in Lyon before Ollie Lawrence scored either side of the interval to hand England the advantage.

Marcus Smith stretched their lead but France hit back through Leo Barre and Gael Fickou as momentum swung again.

Tommy Freeman crossed late on as George Ford’s conversion edged England in front again but Ramos had the last say.

More to follow.

Line-ups

France: Barre; Penaud, Fickou, Depoortere, Bielle-Biarrey; Ramos, Le Garrec; Baille, Marchand, Atonio, Flament, Meafou, Cros, Ollivon, Alldritt (capt).

Replacements: Mauvaka, S Taofifenua, Colombe, R Taofifenua, Roumat, Boudehent, Lucu, Moefana.

England: Furbank; Freeman, Slade, Lawrence, Daly; Ford, Mitchell; Genge, George (capt), Cole, Itoje, Martin, Chessum, Underhill, Earl.

Replacements: Dan, Marler, Stuart, Roots, Dombrandt, Care, M Smith, Tuilagi.

Match officials

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)

Touch judges: Nika Amashukeli (Georgia) & Damian Schneider (Uruguay)

TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

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