Lawrence Dallaglio Makes Bold Prediction Ahead Of Ireland V England Match In Six Nations

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1980 - France 13-17 England

Having started their campaign with a convincing home win over Ireland, England - with a 24-year-old Clive Woodward starting his first Test - took the second step towards their first Grand Slam for 23 years with victory in Paris.

They got off to a bad start when legendary French flanker Jean-Pierre Rives scored a try a couple of minutes into the game, but England responded when Woodward created a try for centre partner Nick Preston and wing John Carleton's first try for his country put the visitors ahead.

John Horton landed two drop-goals either side of half-time but with five minutes left, England lost a scrum against the head on their own line, allowing France to score a try which ensured a nervous finale. But the visitors clung on at a frenzied Parc des Princes.

1991 - England 21-19 France

England, with Rory Underwood scoring their only try, completed their first Grand Slam for 11 years in a thrilling game, best remembered for "one of the most sensational tries Twickenham has ever seen" (in the words of BBC commentator Nigel Starmer-Smith).

The details will be familiar to those who never tire of seeing one of the great tries...a French move started on their own try-line by the great Serge Blanco, continued by the celebrated Philippe Sella and Didier Camberabero's delicately judged cross-kick from the right touchline, that Philippe Saint-Andre - now the French coach - scooped up to score under the posts. But it was England who triumphed to spark wild celebrations at HQ.

1997 - England 20-23 France

With both countries having won their opening two matches, this encounter effectively decided the Championship.

A barnstorming try from Lawrence Dallaglio put England in command, but French fly-half Christophe Lamaison masterminded a comeback, scoring a try, two conversions, two penalties and a drop-goal for a 'full house'.

Wing Laurent Leflamand nipped ahead of Tony Underwood to claim a bouncing ball and score the other try as France secured their first win at Twickenham for a decade and went on to complete the first of two successive Grand Slams.

2001 - England 48-19 France

England had already scored 22 tries in sweeping aside Wales (44-15), Italy (80-23) and Scotland (43-3). They racked up six more in another Twickenham spectacular that became known as "The Balshaw Ballet", after full-back Iain Balshaw terrorised the French defence with his silky running from deep.

England didn't have it all their own way, despite taking an early 10-0 lead after a Will Greenwood try. The French hit back to lead 16-13 at half-time, Philippe Bernat-Salles - that greyhound of a wing - finishing off one marvellous move.

But Richard Hill's try in the right corner early on the resumption regained the initiative and set the tone for a rampant second half, with four more tries following, from Balshaw himself, Phil Greening, Mike Catt - after Austin Healey's cheeky chip over the defence - and Matt Perry. One of the highs of the Woodward era.

2004 - France 24-21 England

France held off a late England fightback in Paris to clinch their fourth Grand Slam in eight years, a victory orchestrated by two thorns in English flesh - Dimitri Yachvili and Imanol Harinordoquy.

The duo combined beautifully - Yachvili's pin-point cross-kick allowing the Basque number eight to back up his pre-match anti-English rhetoric with an easy touchdown - before Yachvili scored a second try, his three penalties helping the hosts to a commanding 21-3 interval lead.

England, in their first campaign since becoming world champions, showed some pride and poise to fight back with tries from Ben Cohen and Josh Lewsey - the second with five minutes left to set up an exciting finish - but the French prevailed.

2009 - England 34-10 France

One of England's best performances in the Championship under Martin Johnson, although France barely turned up for the opening 40 minutes.

The rout started with just a minute on the clock when Riki Flutey sent Mark Cueto streaking away for the first try, before Cueto returned the favour, sending Flutey over for the second after a well-worked move from a line-out.

Two more tries - from Delon Armitage and Joe Worsley - followed before half-time, which saw England leading 29-0.

The best try arrived barely a minute into the second half, Armitage striding away from deep in his own half before feeding Flutey on his inside. With the game up, France rallied to score two tries, but it was a humiliating defeat.

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/brynpalmer/2012/03/six_nations_six_of_the_best_-_3.html

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