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France Clinches Thrilling Victory Over England in Six Nations Finale with Last-Minute Ramos Penalty

In a dramatic 2024 Six Nations clash, France secured a narrow 33-31 victory over England in Lyon, finishing second in the tournament. The match was a high-scoring affair with seven tries between the two teams. Thomas Ramos was the hero for France, kicking the decisive penalty from halfway, following Ireland’s earlier win which secured them the Six Nations title.

England, initially trailing 16-3, fought back through Ollie Lawrence’s two tries and a Marcus Smith score, briefly taking the lead. However, France responded with tries from Leo Barre and Gael Fickou, setting the stage for a thrilling finish. George Ford’s conversion of Tommy Freeman’s late try appeared to swing the game in England’s favor, but Ramos’ long-range penalty sealed the win for France.

The match was especially significant for France, marking their first home victory since the World Cup quarter-finals defeat. Despite the loss, England’s performance, including earning two bonus points, showed improvement under coach Steve Borthwick, finishing above Scotland in third place.

The game was a rollercoaster, highlighted by an impressive opening try from Nolann Le Garrec for France and a relentless back-and-forth battle. England’s late resurgence, driven by their intent to attack and key contributions from Ellis Genge and Ben Earl, showcased their development, even as France’s strength ultimately prevailed.

This enthralling encounter capped off the Six Nations with promise for both teams as they build towards future challenges, highlighting key performances and moments that will be remembered as both sides look forward to their next campaigns.



Barre; Penaud, Fickou, Depoortere, Bielle-Biarrey; Ramos, Le Garrec; Baille, Marchand, Atonio, Flament, Meafou, Cros, Ollivon, Alldritt (capt).

Replacements: Mauvaka, S Taofifenua, Colombe, R Taofifenua, Roumat, Boudehent, Lucu, Moefana.


Furbank; Freeman, Slade, Lawrence, Daly; Ford, Mitchell; Genge, George (capt), Cole, Itoje, Martin, Chessum, Underhill, Earl.

Replacements: Dan, Marler, Stuart, Roots, Dombrandt, Care, M Smith, Tuilagi.


France (16) 33

Try: Le Garrec (20′), Bielle-Biarrey (56′), Fickou (60′)
Conversion: Ramos (21′, 57′, 62′)
Penalty: Ramos (18′, 32′, 36′, 79′)

England (10) 31

Try: Lawrence (40’+1, 42′), Smith (46′), Freeman (75′)
Conversion: Ford (40’+1, 43′, 48′, 76′)
Penalty: Ford (12′)

Man of the match: Leo Barre (France)

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