Ireland have been crowned Six Nations Champions with a match to spare after England’s hopes of retaining the title ended with their disappointing 22-16 loss to France.
Ireland’s earlier four-try, 28-8 win over Scotland had left England requiring a bonus-point victory in Paris to keep their title hopes alive.
It is Ireland’s third title in five years under Kiwi Coach Joe Schmidt.
With one more test to go next Saturday to finish this year’s Six Nations and what away to finish on St Paddy’s Day against England at Twickenham, London.
In the other Six Nations game it was England who travelled to the Stade de France hoping to avoid two successive defeats for the first time under Aussie head coach Eddie Jones.
England needed to beat France and score four tries to keep the championship alive, but they weren’t c close in a display not fitting their status as the world’s second-ranked team.
France held out against a white-shirted onslaught at the end for a 22 to 16 defeat of England giving France their second win in a year.