Rugby: France clinch Six Nations

19th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 17, 2007 (AFP) - France retained the Six Nations title here on Saturday as they beat Scotland 46-19 in their final match of the tournament.

PARIS, March 17, 2007 (AFP) - France retained the Six Nations title here on Saturday as they beat Scotland 46-19 in their final match of the tournament.

The French only scraped through to the title with an injury-time try by Elvis Vermuelen as they need to beat the Scots by more than 24 points to edge out the Irish, who had earlier beaten Italy 51-24.

World champions England could have in theory won the title but they slumped to a 27-18 defeat by Wales in the final match of the whole tournament.

France's inspirational captain Raphael Ibanez said that it was a wonderful feeling to have the trophy in his hands, even, though, somewhat bizarrely he and the team were presented it in an empty Stade de France after England lost to Wales.

"It is a great feeling," said the 87-times capped Wasps hooker.

"We showed real character by bouncing back after the England defeat so hats off to them.

"We always knew it would be a tight tournament and a huge fight between us and the Irish, so this is a pretty emotional moment for us."

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