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Six Nations championship climax wows the armchair fans

By Robert Jones

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 Rom.

Meanwhile, ITV will reunite a number of England's 2003 World Cup-winning heroes as part of their broadcasting line-up for this year's tournament.

Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Robinson and the coach who led them to that victory, Sir Clive Woodward, will all be studio pundits for.

George Gregan, who skippered Australia that day is also part of ITV's line-up along with former Wales and Ireland skippers Gareth Thomas and Brian O'Driscoll.

O'Driscoll watches a World Cup from the sidelines for the first time since 1995 after retiring from the game last year.

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