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Ireland win championship with 22-20 victory in Paris

John O'Sullivan Sat, Mar 15
 
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  • 12:21
    Welcome to the Irish Times Sports Blog. Rugby will be the focal point for the afternoon but we'll be dipping in and out of all sports.

    Ireland's  moment of destiny beckons at 5.0pm Irish time when Brian O'Driscoll will make his final appearance in the green jersey.

    The Six Nations has been a sort of long goodbye for  one of the greatest players in world rugby of this or any  other  generation.

    Irish supporters and many neutrals would love to see him sign off in style;  replicating his hat-trick of 2000  against FRance in Paris might be looking to over-egg the pudding. A win and a championship would do nicely.

    My name is John O'Sullivan and I'll be here to guide you through the afternoon's sport, starting with England's trip to Rome to see if they can complete the Italian  job. There will be lots of other film references, cliches and wanton alliteration over the coming hours.                              
  • 12:23
    England at in the tunnel at the Stadio Olimpico.
  • 12:25
    The  RTE pundits have unanimously gone for an England win.

    Sergio Parisse in the tunnel.

    Theme tune from Gladiator about to be sung by for Italian international wing/centre Denis Dalan      
  • 12:27
    That's beautiful from Dalan. Boy has got good lungs. Seriously tuneful. If that doesn't get the home team going, there is little hope.

    England are the only team in the Six Nations that the Italians have yet to beat. They broke their duck against Ireland last year in Rome.  
  • 12:28
    A slightly slower rendition of God Save the Queen means that English team wins the race, a short neck ahead of the band.
  • 12:29
    The Italian tream is now singing their anthem that includes parise for Scipio Africanus and we all know what he did to Hannibal and Carthage.
  • 12:31

    RTE's George Hamilton has just said that English prop Joe Marler is missing because his wife gave birth to a 'child' during the week. Good news all round I think you'll agree.

  • 12:34
    An update on Marler; it's his partner not wife and we can't find any confirmation that she's given birth yet.
  • 12:36
    It's all a little bit cagey in the opening exchanges. English fans tune up with a quick belt of Swing Low Sweet Chariot which is promptly drowned out by boos.
  • 12:37
    5 mins: England penalised at a scrum. Luciano Orquera, in front of posts, about 35 metres out.
  • 12:38
    Good.

    ITALY 3 ENGLAND 0  
  • 12:40
    Ireland supporters will be cheering on the Azzuri for purely selfish reasons in terms of the final standing in the Six Nations Championship. Ireland have a 49 point lead over Stuart Lancaster's side.
  • 12:42
    9 mins: That's careless from the Italians after a great turnover. England end up with a penalty. Owen Farrell makes no mistake.

    ITALY 3 ENGLAND 3  
  • 12:45
    12 mins: Mike Brown try. Sloppy tackling from the Italian defence but it's a great finish from the England fullback and arguably the man of the tournament.
  • 12:46
    Farrell kicks a great touchline conversion.

    ITALY 3 ENGLAND 10  
  • 12:52
    Leonardo Sartro go and hang your head in shame. England wing Jack Nowell drops the ball, Sartro picks it up and instead of giving Orquera a run-in he gets white line fever and the opportunity is lost.
  • 12:53
    England in a little bit of trouble at scrum time. That's the second penalty they've conceded.
  • 12:54
    22 mins: Orquera brilliant strike from 50 metres.

    ITALY 6 ENGLAND 10  
  • 12:55
    Italy's work at the breakdown is very good.
  • 12:58
    What a tackle from Angelo Esposito five metres from his own line. Drove England wing Jonny May into a different postcode. Fine break by Billy Twelvetrees in the build-up.
  • 13:03
    England turn down three points and kick penalty to corner.
  • 13:05
    31 mins: Farrell try. Good decision from England. Susuatined pressure and a well timed pass from Danny Care.The English outhalf will tap over the conversion.

    ITALY  6 ENGLAND 17  
  • 13:07

    What have Italian inside centre Gonzalo Garcia and Ireland inside centre Gordon D'Arcy got in common?

  • 13:08
    Apart from obviously wearing the same number jersey.
  • 13:09
    Yep, It's the Grizzly Adams beard.
  • 13:12
    37 mins: Stunning try from Mike Brown. It's very poor tackling from Italy but it shouldn't detract from the English fullback's turbo charged finish. England are eating into Ireland's points differential advantage.
     Farrell conversion.

    ITALY 6 ENGLAND 24

             


    IRELAND +81

    ENGLAND NOW +50        
  • 13:12
    HALF-TIME: ITALY 6 ENGLAND 24
  • 13:13
    Two tries from England fuillback Mike Brown and 14 points from Owen Farrell including a try.  
  • 13:14
    Italy are defensively brittle and that'll be a worry for Irish fans as the Italians tire in the second half. England are going to get verty close to Ireland's points' differential unless the home side buck up their ways.
  • 13:29
    We're back and after three minutes, England get a scrum penalty.
  • 13:37
    If England can cut out the mistakes and not just force the play a little too much they could get 50 plus points
  • 13:41
    And with that Marco Bortolami has received a yellow card. Deliberate offside.

    Manchester City 1 Hull City 0 at half-time. Not all good for Man City as captain Vincent Kompany sent off after 10 minutes for a professional foul. Will miss the games against Fulham, Man Utd and Arsenal.      

    Back in Rome: Try for Jack Nowell, Farrell converts.

    ITALY 6 ENGLAND 31    
  • 13:46
    POINTS' DIFFERENTIAL: IRELAND (+81) ENGLAND (+57)
  • 13:49
    61 mins: England's fifth try. Mako Vunipola. Farrell conversion.

    ITALY 6 ENGLAND 38  
  • 13:52
    England are only 17 points behind Ireland now and they have 19 minutes to eat into that.

    Italians are a shambles at this point. They're tiring appreciably too.  
  • 13:56
    Luke McLean and Mike Brown go forehead to forehead
  • 13:58
    67 mins: Manu Tuilagi try, Farrell conversion.

    Now  England are just 10 points behind Ireland.


    ITALY 6 ENGLAND 45    
  • 14:00
    68 mins: Sartro try for Italy. Italian winger does brilliantly to intercept and race 30 metres for a try. He scored a try against Ireland last week now he does the Irish a big favour. Tommaso Allan misses the conversion.

    ITALY 11 ENGLAND 45  
  • 14:03
    Last 10 minutes and Ireland points' advantage is now 15
  • 14:04
    Italy kick a penalty to the corner, despite tens of thousands of Irish fans imploring them to kick it.
  • 14:05
    Mike Brown is deservedly named man-of-the-match. He's in my Fantasy Rugby team. I'm sure you are pleased for me.
  • 14:11
    Three minutes to go in Rome and it looks like that Ireland ONLY NEED to win in Paris, something they have managed once in the last 42 years, to win this season's Six Nations.
  • 14:16
    Italians turnover ball in injury time to gift England another try, which goes to Chris Robshaw. Farrell converts.

    FULL-TIME: ITALY 11 ENGLAND 52

    POINTS DIFFERENCE: Ireland 81 England 73  

    If Ireland beat France then they will be Six Nations champions. Otherwise England will claim the title.
     
  • 14:16
    Great effort from England. Italians really poor.
  • 14:18
    Ireland fans raise your glasses to Italian wing Leonardo Sartro, who scored that intercept try for Italy and forgive him his tresspasses for scoring against Ireland last weekend at the Aviva stadium.
  • 14:22
    This is the updated Six Nations table
  • 14:29
    Kevin Ryan To be fair it's more like let's forgive rob Kearney for an appalling effort at tacking Sartos. Just glad we have the tackle machine Madigan to spring from the bench when we are 3 pts up with 5 mins to go.
  • 14:30
    Jeez, George Hook is wearing a Leopardskin cravat. I can't adjust my tv set.
  • 14:38
    The RTE panel are beginning a long build-up to the France-Ireland game. Brent Pope is taking Hook to task about something he said two weeks ago.
  • 14:40
    In between though we're going to be able to sit back and watch Wales host Scotland in the Millennium Stadium and not really care what happens. Hopefully rugby will be the winner......as they might say in certain circles.
  • 14:43
    Just realised that Bonanza is on the other side. Little Joe's in trouble....again. Tempted but we'd better watch the rugby.
  • 14:44
    Two pretty decent anthems, belted out.
  • 14:45
    ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP: Man City 2 Hull City 0 (David Silva, Edwin Dzeko)
  • 14:47
    We're under way. Jonathan 'Jiffy' Davies will try and go through 80 minutes without refering to Wales as 'we.' He will fail.
  • 14:49
    He will also try and shout some advice to the Welsh players from the commentary box.
  • 14:49
    Petemcc "Win the game. Sin é."
  • 14:50
    Greig Laidlaw penalty.

    WALES 0 SCOTLAND 3  
  • 14:58
    8 mins: Dan Biggar penalty.

    WALES 3 SCOTLAND 3  
  • 15:03
    In other news Little Joe has some woman trouble in Bonanza.
  • 15:04

    15 mins: Liam Williams try for Wales, Biggar conversion.  

    WALES 10 SCOTLAND 3  

  • 15:07

    GOLF: In Morocco, Michael Hoey is seven under after 12 holes of his third round, while Shane Lowry (+1) signed for a 73 and Damien McGrane (+3) a 76. Alejandro Canizares leads on 15 under par.

  • 15:13

    RED CARD: Scottish fullback Stuart Hogg  initially receives a yellow card from referee Jerome Garces but then the French referee watches his late, high hit on Biggar and changes the colour of the card from yellow to red. First time I've ever seen that.  

    Biggar penalty.

    WALES 13 SCOTLAND 3          

  • 15:15
  • 15:24
    33 mins: George North try, after good work by Liam Williams. Biggar conversion. Jonathan Davies (BBC commentator) smugness is going to be off the charts in the second half.

    WALES 20 SCOTLAND 3  
  • 15:26
    36 mins: Jonathan Davies (Welsh centre) scores a try but Toby Faletau might be offisde. TMO (Graham Hughes) will decide.

    He is offside. No try.    
  • 15:30
    38 mins: Jamie Roberts try. Scottish turnover from a lineout. Wouldn't give Roberts much credit for his swan dive. Obviously forgotten he's playing against 14 Scots. Not nice to see. Biggar adds conversion.

    WALES 27 SCOTLAND 3   (Half-time)
  • 15:31
    This could be anything in terms of the final score.

    Would love to be a fly on the wall for Scotland's Australian coach Scott Johnson half-time team talk.  
  • 15:33
    Wales record victory over Scotland in Cardiff is 29-3. That'll change after this match.
  • 15:36
    Little Joe saw the error of his ways just in time. Another episode of Bonanza on its way.
  • 15:37
    Martyn Williams: "This could get very messy for Scotland in the second half I'm afraid to say." Very true.
  • 15:41
    "If anyone deserves to go out on a high, then it's Brian O'Driscoll." Shane Williams.
  • 15:44
    Former Scotland scrumhalf Andy Nicol comes up with a lovely observation as BBC show pictures of Brian O'Driscoll read the match programme in the Irish dressing room in Paris. "I wonder in his previous 140 caps if he's ever reading anything interesting in a programme."
  • 15:45
    41 mins: North grabs his second try. This is going to become X-rated for Scotland fans.

    WALES 32 SCOTLAND 3  
  • 15:49
    Stuart Hogg's is the third red card in this season's Six Nations following on from Michele Rizzo (Italy) and Rabah Slimani (France)
  • 15:49
    paula Flying Irish colours in Abruzzo Italy today. Lovin john o'sullivans live wire updates. Thanks john.
  • 15:50
    We're grateful for any kindness shown. Thank you Paula.
  • 15:52
    47 mins: Roberts try. Length of the field. Came from a Scottish overthrow at a lineout in the Welsh 22. Faletau gives the scoring pass. Biggar conversion.

    WALES 39 SCOTLAND 3  
  • 15:53

    This match is now up there with the death scene in Bambi for Scottish supporters, and in fairness, neutrals.

  • 15:57
    52 mins: Faletau try, Biggar misses conversion.

    WALES 44 SCOTLAND 3  
  • 15:58
    SOCCER: ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP (Half-time)

    Everton 0 Cardiff 0
    Fulham 0 Newcastle 0
    Southampton 1 Norwich o
    Stoke City 1 West Ham 1
    Sunderland 0 Crystal Palace 0
    Swansea 1 WBA 0            
  • 15:59
    Fair play to the Scotland supporters for a lusty rendition of Flower of Scotland. Gets a round of applause from Welsh fans.
  • 16:00
    Hymns and Arias from the Welsh supporters.
  • 16:02
    Gethin Jenkins (105 caps, a Welsh record) is replaced by Paul James.
  • 16:06

    The bars stay open during play in the Millennium stadium, something of a blessing for the Scotland supporters.

  • 16:06
    Curious Facts If Wales continue clocking up the scores Ireland could even finish up 4th if they lose...
  • 16:06
    Julian Irish Pride happening here in Fort McMurray Alberta Canada....COME ON boys!!!!!!!!
  • 16:08
    Take a bow David Denton. Great run, great performance in adversity.
  • 16:10
    Duncan Weir go and stand in the bold corner and put on the Dunce's hat. What was he thinking. Kicking the ball away six metres from the Welsh line. I don't care if he had a penalty advantage. It was just so wrong.
  • 16:13
    Scotland on the Welsh line but  Alun-Wyn Jones effects a great turnover.  
  • 16:17
    Great bit of footage of an Irish supporter in the Millennium stadium with a flag on which was written: 'I have been here for three days and still haven't seen the Eiffel Tower.'
  • 16:17
    Eamo Following your blog at 30000 feet Chicago to Las Vegas listening to the Saw Doctors ... Hope we can do it!
  • 16:18
    Safe journey Eamo. We'll try and keep you up to date.
  • 16:22
    Only six minutes left of Scott Johnson's reign as Scotland coach. I hope Vern Cotter, who takes over, wasn't watching.
  • 16:26
    73 mins: Wales seventh try, replacement scrumhalf Rhodri Williams. Hook conversion.

    WALES 51 SCOTLAND 3        
  • 16:26
    Eoin Sitting in the only Irish pub in Da nang in Vietnam can't wait for the match. Congrats to BOD on a great career and here's hoping for a great finish
  • 16:30
    Youngshanahan There's an Irish bar in Da Nang, there's wasn't when I lived there a few years ago!
  • 16:31
    The final passage of play.
  • 16:32
    FULL-TIME: WALES 51 SCOTLAND 3
  • 16:33
  • 16:34
    anne In Paris. No ticket. Allez les Verts!!
  • 16:35
    Stuart Hogg's sending off ended this game as a contest.

    Wales rampant, seven tries. Scotland  never in with a chance.  
  • 16:35
  • 16:37
    Okay, that's enough of the antipasta (Rome) and the Celtic coldcuts (Cardiff); it's the main course in Paris. Fine dining.
  • 16:41
  • 16:43
    Right time for a bit of pre-match stretching. Nerves beginning to kick-in. I'm sure they're pretty nervous down on the pitch in the Stade de France too.
  • 16:44
    France coach Philippe Saint Andre is giving his chewing gum an extensive work-out.
  • 16:46
    Wonder if they are playing Edith Piaf's Non, je ne regrette rien, in the Irish dressing room.
  • 16:49
    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: "A fair few of the team watched the (England) game. I hope they haven't expended too much nervous energy. We have our own special moment for a player for whom we have an incredible amount od respect for."
  • 16:50
    BOD (2000, hat-trick): "I think I was oblivious to the 28 years (the previous time Ireland won in Paris). It was a nice sunny day and I was just a young kid looking to go out and enjoy the game.
  • 16:52
    BOD: "I think Ireland are in good hands under Joe Schmidt."
    Last weekend. BOD: "I had a great day."    
    Emotion. BOD: It's starting to hit home. Hopefully I can keep it all in check and  use it as a positive and put it into my performance."  
  • 16:54
    BBC panel running down the French, making me feel positively queasy.
  • 16:54
    Jeez, even Thomas Castaignede is at it.
  • 16:55
    Ireland are in the corridor at the Stade de France
  • 16:55
    So too France. Pascal Pape looks very focused.
  • 16:55
    Two teams walk out side by side. Lot of tense faces.
  • 16:56
    A few Brian O'Driscoll masks in the crowd.
  • 16:57
    The final match of the 2014 Six Nations Championship will decide where the title will rest.

    Ireland's Call........    
  • 16:58
    Martin T Greetings from Bert's Bar in Barbados, excitement mounting, allez les Verts!
  • 16:58
    Photo finish to see looks more uptight, the players or the crowd.
  • 16:58
    La Marseillaise
  • 16:59
  • 16:59
    SOCCER: Seamus Coleman scores the winner for Everton. 2-1
  • 16:59
    Paul Soden From the Green Man Bar in the mountains outside of Rio de Janeiro....COME ON LADS!!!!!!!!!!
  • 17:00
    Right, time to get under way in Paris.
  • 17:01
    Referee Steve Walsh is trying to find a mirror.
  • 17:01
    France kickoff. Andrew Trimble gathers.
  • 17:03
    Conor Murray box-kick. Louis Picamoles carries. Two rucks later and Ireland are penalised for not releasing Mathieu Bastareaud in the tackle. Touch call on Chris Henry.  

    Maxime Machenaud makes no mistake.

    FRANCE 3 IRELAND 0    
  • 17:04
    Ken Aiken Palm Cay near Nassau Bahamas
  • 17:04
    Julian It's getting emotional!!!!!
  • 17:05
    3 mins: Bastareaud bounces Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll but French centres fires scoring pass to Maxime Medard forward.
  • 17:06
    Ireland have started like a litter of kittens....nervous.
  • 17:06
    It's all a bit lateral. France bossing the collisions.
  • 17:08
    France own the ball and they're putting plenty of width on it. Steve Walsh has given two decisions to the FRench that were blatantly incorrect. Worrying.
  • 17:09
    Walsh fails to pick up a crooked-in at French scrum. Must be having a sneaky look at the big screen to see how he's looking.
  • 17:10
    brendan Nervous here in RRiyadh and no bar
  • 17:10

    It's all France. Ireland have had no ball.

  • 17:11
    Fields of Athenry.....to try and calm the nerves.
  • 17:11
    Walsh chatting to front rows who all promise to be good boys
  • 17:12
    Fibbers....the scrum has gone down again.
  • 17:13
    Good Irish scrum but Walsh decides a reset is the answer.
  • 17:14
    Tomas Domingo penalised at the scrum. Jonathan Sexton penalty on the Irish 10 metre line.
  • 17:15
    Neat Irish backline move, good halfbreak by Dave Kearney but Cian Healy knocks on. France turnover, Remi Tales kicks, Great take Rob Kearney.
  • 17:15
    Brendan Hello from boston
  • 17:17
    14 mins: Machenaud penalty. Dave Kearney penalised for not releasing.

    FRANCE 6 IRELAND 0  
  • 17:18
    Great work by Paul O'Connell who wins re-start.
  • 17:18
    Then Irish captain penalised for playing Damien Chouly at a lineout.
  • 17:20
    Miriam Watching in Germany. Come on Ireland!
  • 17:20
    Ireland can't draw a breath.
  • 17:21
    Paul Moran Chicago The river here is green ,the beer is green, the Eiffel Tower will be painted green tonight!
  • 17:21
    Green Man Bar - Brazil Never mind the ref lads....Get on with it!!!!
  • 17:22
    Steve Walsh is groaning a bit after shipping a knock. He has that effect on others.
  • 17:22
    Another scrum collapses. Ireland better ask the referee to make a choice.
  • 17:23
    Penalty Ireland.
  • 17:23
    Mark F Hello from Nova Scotia.
  • 17:23
    Irish lineout 20 metres from the French line.
  • 17:25
    20 mins: TRY IRELAND. SEXTON.
  • 17:25
    Great offload by Chris Henry. That's so much better.
  • 17:26
    Sexton though misses the straightforward conversion.

    FRANCE 6 IRELAND 5  
  • 17:27
    Brian Clerkin Party time in Fort Worth Texas tonight ! Come on the boys in green
  • 17:28
    Ireland put pace on the ball from the lineout win, carried powerful, kept control and were patuient. A template of what's required.
  • 17:28
    Seb Cheering on Ireland from sunny Chile. Come on lads!!
  • 17:29
    HANDLING ERRORS: France 4 Ireland 1
  • 17:31
    25 mins: IRELAND TRY. O'Driscoll halfbreak, Murray very sharp and makes another 15 metres and then Andrew Trimble races over for his third try of the championship.   Sexton conversion.

    FRANCE 6 IRELAND 12  
  • 17:31
    Colin Kavanagh Hello from São Paulo !
  • 17:32
    That's brilliant from Ireland. Sharp, good decision making and a great appreciation of what was on.
  • 17:33
    28 mins: That's not so good. Sloppy in fact. Ireland get turnover but then give away penalty at a ruck. Tales puts penalty into touch five metres from the Irish line.  
  • 17:34
    J Coffey Can't see it on tv here in US so relying on IT, thanks. C'mon Ireland
  • 17:34
    DK watching from switzerland...c'mon ireland...
  • 17:36
    30 mins: Try FRANCE. Tales cross-kick, Yoann Huget taps it down to Brice Dulin and the fullback scores.
  • 17:37
    Machenaud lands touchline conversion.

    FRANCE 13 IRELAND 12  
  • 17:37
    Genny K Cheering in Cape May New Jersey
  • 17:37
    Pat Q Watching this blog from Barrow Island Western Australia. C'mon Ireland!!!!
  • 17:38
    Beautifully executed sequence of play from France but Ireland will rue  conceding that penalty after they had turned over the ball.  
  • 17:38
    Dunk an tania Cheering on the boys in green, from Curitiba, Brazil... C'MON IRLEAND
  • 17:38
    joe o'sullivan nervous in New York......
  • 17:38
    Cionnaoth Failte from rugby-central Macon, GA, USA!!! Come on Ireland!!!
  • 17:39
    Ger Wish I could see this game not on tv in fl Come on Ireland
  • 17:39
    Niall Mc Following the game in Edmonton, Canada - Come on Ireland!!
  • 17:39
    Julian Let's go boys.....let's give it to French in their backyard!!!!!...gooo onnnnn
  • 17:39
    Poor up and under from Sexton. Easy mark.
  • 17:40
    Ireland's performance has been a little bit on the jiggy side. They need to trust their patterns.
  • 17:40
    Larry Doyle Frantically searching for a TV in Laos showing the game!! No joy. Keep up the good work lads!
  • 17:41
    Ireland's defensive line is too passive. The French are dominating the collisions. Tales goes for drop goal but it's well wide.
  • 17:41
    Enda and Dennis Reading in Nanchang, China. . Over pints. .
  • 17:41
    Shanbles Streaming in Spanish due to bad connection in Khartoum. Highly amusing pronunciation. E.g Treeem-bole
  • 17:42
    Rabah Slimani on for Nicolas Mas. Gruesome. Hyperextension of the elbow.
  • 17:42
    James Watching from Bangalore on Indian channel Sony 6. Tough going out there...
  • 17:43
    Great work from Rory Best forces turnover. Paul O'Connell expresses his admiration in the vernacular.
  • 17:43
    Frances Colclough Sittig in Salzberg Airport biting my nails - come on Ireland!!
  • 17:44
    Ireland backline move comes a cropper. It's all a bit frantic.
  • 17:45
    joe o'sullivan where is it playing live in NY?
  • 17:45
    Another scrum collapses.
  • 17:45
    There is 70 seconds left in half. Ireland MUST NOT give away a penalty.
  • 17:47
    IRELAND get the penalty. Third time France have been penalised. Domingo on each occasion. Walsh lectures Pape. Says next time it happens the French prop will see yellow.
  • 17:47
    Brendan Its not on in boston either joe
  • 17:47
    Ryan Watching from Poznan, Poland. Every minute the heart beats faster.
  • 17:47
    Alsuin Cheering from Richmond, Virginia. C'mon lads!
  • 17:51

    First half injury time and France concede penalty for playing Murray illegally at a ruck. Sexton 24 metres, misses again. That's poor. What a let off for France. Two poor missess by the Irish outhalf. Visually he appears to be taking  a long time. Club-mate Machenaud has shown him how.    

    HALF-TIME: FRANCE 13 IRELAND 12    

  • 17:51
    Liam Mor Come on ireland. Texas has your six.
  • 17:51
    will Irish American Bar off Broadway on 17 John street showing it in ny. Place packed. Come on Ireland
  • 17:51
    Kerrie Brennan Reading in Calgary, Canada. My palpitations are audible. Come on Ireland
  • 17:52
    Ciara Higgins Watching from the Intercontinental Hotel in Chongqing, China where we are willing Team Ireland to bring it home for BOD!!!
  • 17:52
    Cionnaoth "Steve Walsh"..my new curse word. The poser is legally blind it appears!!
  • 17:53
    John Following you from Tbilisi, Georgia. Come on Ireland.
  • 17:53
    Arthur Guinness Hello from Ottawa Canada. Enjoying a pint of the black stuff, praying they can win!
  • 17:54
    Sorry we can't put the score at the top of the ap. No facility to do it.
  • 17:54
    Genie Cheering the lads on here in Boston !
  • 17:54
    Alan Tracking from Bratislava.... Come on Ireland
  • 17:56
    Right. Ireland need to calm down, be more precise and patient in possession and put pace on the ball. When they did that it led to the two tries. France are very slow to realign and Ireland can't make hay there, particularly around the fringes.
  • 17:56
    Stuttgart How could he miss... again?!
  • 17:57
    Sexton's misses are a little worrying. He's very strong mentally and will need to be. Richie Murphy will have a word.

    Ireland are stronger in the scrum and given Domingo's warning, they should attack France there.  
  • 17:58
    Bronwyn I'm trying to study but the tension is too much and I have to keep running in to see what is happening. Come on Ireland!!!
  • 17:58
    Ryan Watching from molly Malone's in warsaw!
  • 17:58
    Brian Following the blog here in Sana'a, Yemen......Come on lads......
  • 17:58
    Pat Q Not a good time foe Sexton to be misfiring but I reckon Schmidt will get them refocused for the second half. C'mon lads
  • 17:58
    Bronwyn Johnny's too tense.. he needs a nice massage during half time or something to relax him
  • 17:58
    Swall Following on a night bus to Tokyo, tense!
  • 18:00
    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will need to get Ireland recalibrated mentally as much as physically. Ireland have to create down in the French minds and quickly on the re-start.
  • 18:00
    Keith Watching the match and following the blog in Rosario, Argentina. Come on the lads!!
  • 18:00
    Hannah Watching in a French living room with a French man, our Saturday evening is going to be very quiet..
  • 18:00
    Denis Room full of excited paddys ... Whistler bc
  • 18:01
    The last 40 minutes for Brian O'Driscoll in a green jersey...what can he muster, what can his team-mates do...what are they willing to do.
  • 18:02
    France have brought on Vincent Debaty instead of Domingo. Shrewd move.
  • 18:02
    Greg Listening in savannah Georgia. Come on Ireland!
  • 18:03
    Ireland need to have the courage to play their expansive pattens. It can't be just kick it and chase it. That won't get the job done.
  • 18:03
    Siobhan von Gordon Best of luck Ireland - reading the livestream from Bayreuth, Germany.
  • 18:06
    Great turnover from O'Connell. Rob Kearney down,  O'Driscoll  massive hit on Chouly. He's back on his feet  

    Mike Ross knock-on. France 25 metres  from Irish line.  
  • 18:06
    John T Following in Aurora Colorado, come on Ireland
  • 18:06
    Fi Byrne Come on lads! Watching in Dubai
  • 18:07
    Ireland playing with ball in hand but must cut down on the lateral movement.
  • 18:07
    frank galligan on the edge of my seat here in Hamilton Newzealand
  • 18:07
    There must be a lot of dry mouths in Stade de France.
  • 18:08
    Superb relieving kick from Rob Kearney, Ireland are losing the collisions again.
  • 18:08
    Keeva chewing nails here in Rio
  • 18:10
    Ireland opting for a soak defence. It's inviting the physically stronger French to generate momentum. Another great bit of play from Rob Kearney.
  • 18:10
    TRY IRELAND
  • 18:12
    Great run and break bny Trimble, superb step by O'Driscoll who is grounded two metres short, O'Connell carries and then Sexton takes great line to find a gap. SExton conversion.

    FRANCE 13 IRELAND 19  
  • 18:13
    Nearly the ultimate fairytale there with O'Driscoll hauled down just short of the line but Sexton's second try is good enough for now. The Irish outhalf turns down a long range penalty and kicks to corner.
  • 18:13
    Fi Duffy Watch on BBC live stream. COME ON YOU BOYS IN GREEN!
  • 18:13
    Sean Following the game on a bus in Denmark
  • 18:14
    O'Connell wins lineout just outside French 22. Toner taken out by Maestri and it's a penalty. Massive moment for Sexton.
  • 18:15
    Sunshine Listening in Dubai - great that we're back in the lead - COME ON IRELAND
  • 18:15
    cliona murphy already chewed my nails to the quick; can see the bone. Listening on The RTE player in Los Angeles.
  • 18:16
    Taking a long time again.....but it's good.

    53 mins: Sexton penalty,

    FRANCE 13 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:16
    That showed great bottle from the Irish outhalf. I'm getting the yips just watching how long he's taking.
  • 18:17
    Simon Listening on RTE radio in San Francisco...Come on Ireland!!!
  • 18:17
    Rachel NYC Listening in on RTE player in Brooklyn. Exciting game. COME ON IRELAND!
  • 18:17
    Katie Following in Portland Me. Come on IRE
  • 18:17
    Ireland need to keep their nerve, keep playing and not retreat mentally into a shell. France won't go away.
  • 18:17
    Robert Fanning This text commentary is keepy me sane! can't even get radio on the dodgy internet here in a beef plant in Mexico
  • 18:19
    Brilliant tackle by Rory Best as the French counter-attack. Murray chips but the ball rolls over the French line. 22 drop out.

    FRANCE 13 IRELAND 22  
  • 18:19
    Aubrey Fogarty Salt Lake City, Utah. Very proud right now!
  • 18:19
    Green Man Bar - Brazil Heebeejeebees half price until end of game!!!!!!!!!!
  • 18:19
    Maureen listening on RTE player from the library ref desk in NYC! COYBIG!
  • 18:20

    The Fields of Athrenry can be heard now....definitely in the way of a tension reliever.

  • 18:21
    There are 24 minutes left

    FRANCE 13 IRELAND 22  
  • 18:21
    Ireland throw-in on their own 10 metre line.
  • 18:22
    I'm going to keep putting the score in........unless I forget and then you can remind me

    FRANCE 13 IRELAND 22    

  • 18:23
    Ireland's kicking in the last three minutes poor; too long, no chance for kick/chase to put pressure on catcher. French penalty. The home side win lineout in Irish 22.
  • 18:24
    France battering Ireland defence. It's millimetres.
  • 18:25
    IRELAND penalised. Cian Healy. Dangerous lunge.
  • 18:26
    No attempt to use the arms.
  • 18:26
    Bit lucky there. France opt for lineout.
  • 18:27
    FRANCE TRY
  • 18:29
    Dimitri Szarzewksi try.  HE BLOODY KNOCKED IT ON. Walsh too arrogant to go upstairs. Machenaud converts.

    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22      
  • 18:29
    That's a shocking decision from Walsh.
  • 18:29
    Paddy Get up Stand up
  • 18:29
    France WE DROPPED IT BUT WHO CARES
  • 18:29
    Cathal and Diarmuid Power There are a few of us left in Dublin to watch the match! Also singing the Fields! The tackling twins from Seapoint RFC under 8
  • 18:29
    Green Man Bar - Brazil There are people here who don't know where Ireland or France are...but they are all cheering for Ireland!!!!
  • 18:30
    Macartan Cassidy Listening to the RTE audio stream in Heidelberg Germany. Keep it up Ireland!
  • 18:30
    Louclav Cheering on from a hair salon in Toronto
  • 18:30
    Mark On the edge of my seat, listening from the Trump hotel, Panama City, Rep de Panama.....Vamos Irlanda!
  • 18:30
    Pat Kelly Can barely keep myself from shouting... In the "silent zone" on a train in Denmark listening to the RTE stream... Come on Ireland!!!
  • 18:30

    Martin Moore, Iain Henderson, Eoin Reddan are on

  • 18:30
    Conor Listening RTE app in Perth come on lads
  • 18:31
    French lineout halfway line.

    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22  
  • 18:31
    James Keep it going.Following in Adelaide ,South Australia.
  • 18:32
    Doussain is on for Machenaud.
  • 18:33
    Gordon D'Arcy off and Fergus McFadden on.
  • 18:33
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:34
    France penalty scrum. Healy, angle.
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:34
    67 minutes gone. France lineout on Irish 22.
  • 18:35
    Sexton looks like he's knocked himself out making a tackle on Bastareaud.
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:35
    Brendan Keep it together lads.
  • 18:36
    Etta Come on Ireland! keep it up lads .....listening in ...in Ann Arbor Michigan...
  • 18:36
    Ian Madigan will be coming on.  
  • 18:36
    Julian Madigan Come on boys 14mins to history.....22-20....we can do this!!!!!!
  • 18:36
    Kathryn Come on Ireland. Following from a soccer field in Bardstown, KY, USA
  • 18:36
    Sunshine Thanks, Fi, now watching on BBC - COME ON IRELAND!
  • 18:37
    Bastareaud showed genuine concern.
  • 18:38
    Sexton off on a stretcher. Looks like he's okay if stunned.
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:38
    Sean Come on Ireland! Cheering you on from Cyprus!
  • 18:38
    Neal Roche Glued to the text updates from a boat in the Maldives!! Come on Ireland!!
  • 18:38
    There are 11 minutes left. This is excruciating.
  • 18:39
  • 18:39
    Walsh penalises Ireland at scrum. Doussain, it's a gimme.
  • 18:40
    HE'S MISSED. You'd have to see it to believe it. 25 metres.
  • 18:41
    Can Ireland profit and maximise the biggest let off of all time.
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:41
    Seamus Looks like it will be another ireland choke. Shocking ref mind
  • 18:41
    GennyK Very nervous microcosm of Irish Emigration on here...hi everyone...C'MON IRELAND
  • 18:41
    Cavan Man Listening in Hamden , CT... Let's go lads!
  • 18:41
    Jacqui Mathewes Come on lads... Nerves are gone here in Germany, near Hameln.
  • 18:42
    Kick tennis and then French move it wide. Ireland have to play with courage kno. Kicking it back to France won't be good enough.  Sean Cronin and Jack McGrath on.

       
  • 18:43
    FRance are playing with brio, Ireland trying to deal with the suffocating pressure of nursuing a two point lead to the finish line.
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
     
  • 18:43
    Adrian Watching in Tallinn, Estonia, in a Skype connection to my father in Kildare. Come on Ireland!
  • 18:43
    Hannah watching from Toronto ! sooooooo tense !!!!!!
  • 18:44
    Great clearance kick from Madigan. France lineout halfway line.
  • 18:44
    Mark Me Nerves! Lyon, France.
  • 18:44
    Enda and Dennis Ok, now we're getting excited for BOD. Come on.
  • 18:44
    Aoibheann & Pascal Come on lads. Cheering as loud as usual from Savoie, French Alps!!
  • 18:44
    Five minutes. FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:44
    James in Adelaide ,Aus C'mon.Don't let go
  • 18:45
    Roisin Listening and reading in San Francisco - come on Ireland
  • 18:45
    Great tackle by Jack McGrath on Doussain forces penalty.
  • 18:45
    Ireland lineout on French 10 metre line.
  • 18:46
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:46
    Ireland recycling and taking it into contact on French 10 metre line. Minimum ground gained.
  • 18:47
    Three minutes
  • 18:47
    Ireland near French 22, 14 phases.
  • 18:47
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:48
    French penalty. Not releasing.
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:48
    French miss touch but Rob Kearney turned over.
  • 18:49
    FRANCE TRY
  • 18:49
    PICAMOLES
  • 18:49
    TMO to rule on forward pass
  • 18:50
    Hands going forward. Should be a forward pass.
  • 18:50
    Gareth Simmonds (Wales) is the TMO
  • 18:50
    FORWARD PASS. GOOD LORD
  • 18:51
    90 seconds left. One scrum, one clearance kick. One lineout. Let's go Ireland.
  • 18:51
    David Goes to video ref for this and not for last try? Consistency??
  • 18:52
    Mark F My heart is thumping!!!
  • 18:52
    20 seconds left.
  • 18:52
    France steal ball.
  • 18:53
    IRELAND ARE THE SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONS
  • 18:53
    Choke tackle. Turnover. Brilliant Ireland. O'Driscoll gets the send-off he deserves.
    FRANCE 20 IRELAND 22    
  • 18:54
    Colin Kavanagh Heart in mouth stuff - can scarcely believe what's going on - let's not blow it in the last few minutes !
  • 18:54
    Michael On the Gondala on whistler Ready to scream
  • 18:54
    Rob Get in, great effort Ireland
  • 18:54
    Cliona No finger nails left!!
  • 18:54
    Ben Following online updates from Helsinki. Missing a live stream :( Come on Ireland!
  • 18:55
    WOW, WOW, WOW. Small margins.
  • 18:55
    Justice done maybe given that Szarzewski's try shouldn't have been awarded.
  • 18:56
    Tremendously exciting game. Not sure about the qualityy but then again who cares at this moment.
  • 18:56
    Di Duffy Yes! Can hardly breathe!
  • 18:56
    Roisin Moran Thank God the RTE player is telling me it was forward
  • 18:56
    Brendan Thank you irish times
  • 18:56
    Pat Q Awesome!!!!!! Delighted. They never make it easy on us. The heart was struggling there....
  • 18:56
    Ben Brilliant! come on you boys in green! :D
  • 18:56
    Paddy I feel like crying with joy
  • 18:57
    Paul O'Connell: "It was frustrating. We scored three tries, we went into ourselves a little bit, stopped playing but delighted to win.
  • 18:57
    Jacqui Mathewes Yes we are!!
  • 18:57
    Genny K Glory be to BOD...so glad for him ...what a dream finish to a dream career...BOD for President
  • 18:58
    James,Aus Great stuff.Have felt emotions of last 20mins in some time.Thanks for sharing the the action and comments.Going to try sort out RTE access for the future
  • 19:01
    BOD (man of match): "It's a magnificent feeling. There was a few tears when Joe Schmidt gave his last team talk.......(the tears then start to flow) and he simply finishes by saying 'thank you.'
  • 19:01
    David As a French living in Cork, I'm glad for Irish people and happy that Ireland finished 1st in front of England
  • 19:01
    Siobhan von Gordon Well done Ireland - what a match and what a team - marvellous. A very fitting end for BOD. Enjoy the celebrations from a very happy Irish woman. :)
  • 19:01
    John Think people wouldn't mind if we had the boys as grand marshals Monday ion dublin. Excellent
  • 19:01
    Larry Doyle Amazing stuff. Congrats to the boys in green. Thanks for the great coverage.
  • 19:02
    Back to Paris for the trophy presentation.
  • 19:02
    I think I have a tension headache.
  • 19:02
    Ireland players being presented with their medals.
  • 19:03
    Great to see Jonno Sexton back on his feet and able to walk up and get his medal.
  • 19:03
    Brian B And to think the French finished fourth with a points difference of 1.
  • 19:04
    Huge ovation for Brian O'Driscoll.
  • 19:05
    Paul O'Connell lifts the trophy............Brian O'Driscoll's face is an absolute picture....the sheer delight.
  • 19:05
    Party-time in Paris
  • 19:06
    Looks like a few of the Ireland players are looking at Gordon D'Arcy's beard with a mission in mind. Be surprised if he is still sporting one tomorrow.  
  • 19:06
    Keeva O Connor Thanks Irish Times for keeping us all connected. Hope the team knows the support they got from the four corners of the world, off for a cold beer
  • 19:07
    Brian B Allez les Vertes!
  • 19:10
    Joe Schmidt: "Pretty worn out to be honest. The fairytale continued to the end for the magic man (BOD). It's unbearable. I'm not sure I can last too long doing this job. The heart nearly gave up. I thought across the match we deserved to win, three tries to two. As far as the tournament is concerend I don't care how as long as we won.
  • 19:10
    Fi Duffy Thank you IT
  • 19:11
    Jacqui Mathewes Now BOD IS GOD!!
  • 19:11
    Pat Q Thanks IT for making us part of it all. I just have another 4 weeks to wait to get off this Island so I can get back and watch it on SKY plus.
  • 19:11
    Class act, the Ireland coach. Spoke about a lot of players, the unsung heroes.
  • 19:12
    Miriam Wow! A very proud moment to be Irish!
  • 19:17

    Romania will join Ireland in their World Cup pool next year after losing 22-9 to Georgia before 50,000 fans in Georgia.

  • 19:17
    Cavan Man Ireland, Ireland!
  • 19:17
    Keep sending in your comments. We'll be around for a few more minutes.
  • 19:18
    Fiona Floyd Happy Irish hearts in Sydney!
  • 19:22

    Andrew Trimble: "I'm absolutely loving it. I have been here a few times and let opportunities slip through. If I had of had my way I would have been off. I took half a dozen hits in the nose and mouth but you just keep going. I have learnt a lot from Joe (Schmidt)."

    The Ulsterman was absolutely brilliant.      

  • 19:22
    Pablo ¡¡¡¡Congratulations from Barcelona, Spain!!!!
  • 19:23
    Meldan So thrilled, and relieved. What a game! So happy for BOD and the whole team. Wish I was home to celebrate. Greetings from California.
  • 19:23
    Sean Froudist Walsh Gwan Ireland! Managed to catch it on my hour stopover in Dubai. Me heart is off to the repair shop
  • 19:23
    Gothenburg Happy says
  • 19:23
    Laura Go on the boy's in green ! Let the shenanigans begin..
  • 19:24
    ROG: "Our big players stood up today."
  • 19:25
    Pierre Dreux-Montfort d'Avaugour Congratulations to irfurugby and a big thank you for these fantastic years Brian O'Driscoll !
  • 19:25
    Andrew Buckley Great Game! Farewell BOD you've been a true idol to me all my life thank you BOD
  • 19:26
    ROG: "THat's accelerated Ian Madigan's development by six to nine months, playing that last 10 minutes.
  • 19:29
    Pat Q Delighted Madigan got in there. You couldn't put a price on that experience. Any more pictures John?
  • 19:31
    Brussels sprouts Thank you to our heroes - from the Irish in Brussels
  • 19:31
    Gteg The massive parade on Monday in Savannah, Georgia will be extra festive now! Congrats Ireland! !!
  • 19:31
    billywry Woohoo from Caucuses
  • 19:31
    Simon- South Carolina What a Great day for the Irish!
  • 19:33
    Catherine Incredible stuff. There by the grace of BOD;-) well done Ireland. Well deserved. Catherine, Cheshire
  • 19:33
    Marcel Congrats for a great tournament and a well deserved victory! BOD rules...
  • 19:33
    Adam Grennan Irish eyes are smiling ...form a jet somewhere over the US Mid West
  • 19:34
    Paul O'Connell had an immense game, Trimble too and a word for Chris Henry. BUt in truth everyone contributed and that includes the bench, who made a positive impact.
  • 19:34
    Gteg The massive parade on Monday in Savannah, Georgia will be extra festive now! Congrats Ireland! !!
  • 19:35
    Gerry in Seattle Wahoo! Great way to go Ireland - looked like they really wanted BOD to score that last try too. What a great way to retire! Grand job!
  • 19:36
    Ireland are still celebrating out on the pitch. Suggest there'll be no curfew tonight.
  • 19:40
    hellas - ireland Almost makes us want to play rugby !! your greek - irish fan club - efaristo - thank you BoD your
  • 19:43
    Right Gavin Cummiskey has filed his match report. You can read it here.
  • 19:43
    Julian - Lima, Peru Unbelievable excitement. The streets of Lima are thronged with fans celebrating!! Well not exactly, but I will make up for it.
  • 19:43
    Julian Tears of joy running down my face...trying to explain it to the Canadians here
  • 19:43
    Ann Yay Ireland and we didn't lose by some fluke!! Will miss BOD the legend. Annoyed at BBC ending show early, it would have carried on if England had won. Thats the problem living in London. Can I catch the rest of the presentation anywhere?
  • 19:47
    Okay, it's time to bring this live blog to an end. Thank you very much for your company on a memorable afternoon for Irish rugby and perhaps its greatest son in Brian O'Driscoll.  

    I think I've been John O'Sullivan and I'm off to watch the game again so  I can enjoy it properly. We'll have all the news, views, pictures and tales from Paris in Monday's paper and on-line tomorrow. What a start to St Patrick's weekend. Enjoy the day/night wherever you are in the world.  
  • 19:56