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Ireland crowned Six Nations champions after England lose in France

By Gareth Hanna

Ireland have been crowned Natwest Six Nations champions with a game to spare after England's 22-16 defeat in France.

The Irish saw off Scotland 28-8 in Dublin on Saturday afternoon partly thanks to another two Jacob Stockdale tries.

That put Ireland 10 points clear of the English in the table, requiring a bonus point win for the visitors in Paris to keep the title chase alive.

But England fell to their second consecutive defeat, allowing Ireland to secure success.

Now the Irish must win in Twickenham for the first time since 2010 if they are to claim their third Grand Slam. England host Ireland next Saturday, St Patrick's Day, at 2.45pm.

As we have all through the championship, we'll bring you live updates throughout that game.

Ireland began their campaign by winning 15-13 in France, then smashed Italy 56-19 in Dublin before beating Wales 37-27 at the Aviva, where they also triumphed over Scotland.

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