Next up, it was Ireland’s turn to try and make a statement as they looked for just their second win in Paris in 17 years.
Joe Schmidt’s side were unable to pull away from Les Bleus, relying on four Johnny Sexton penalties to build a 12-3 lead, but France clawed their way back into the tie with another penalty and, when Teddy Thomas dived over for the game’s only try, the home side took a shock lead with just minutes remaining on the clock.
But Ireland were not out of it, and Sexton managed to land one of the most stunning drop-goals in Six Nations history to clinch a 15-13 victory in the 83rd minute of the match.
Firstly, let’s start off with a reminder of yesterday’s action, and what a day it was for Wales.
Written off by many before the tournament has even began, Wales thrashed a wasteful Scotland side 34-7, scoring four tries in the process to claim a bonus point, and held Gregor Townsend’s side to no points for 78 minutes before Peter Horne eventually went over.
Leigh Halfpenny scored twice to claim his first international tries in two years, while Gareth Davies and Steff Evans completed the scoring for the home side who sit top of the table.
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of today’s Six Nations clash between Italy and England, brought to you live pitchside at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.