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Record figures for 6 Nations climax

The BBC has announced record-breaking viewing figures for Saturday's gripping RBS 6 Nations finale between England and France at Twickenham.

A peak audience of 9.63 million tuned into the action as England won 55-35, but came up just short in their attempt to overhaul Ireland during a pulsating Six Nations title race.

The BBC said that figure passed the previous best of 9.56m for England against France four years ago.

The other games on so-called Super Saturday attracted peak audiences of 5.1m for Scotland against Ireland at Murrayfield and 4.1m as Wales beat Italy in Rome.

The BBC Sport website, meanwhile, recorded 8.22million unique UK browsers on Saturday, surpassing a previous-best figure of 8.03m during the 2012 London Olympics.

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: "What an amazing end to such a thrilling Six Nations Championship, and duly reflected in such a huge audience figure of 9.63m on BBC One, with millions more accessing content through radio, online and digital platforms."

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