England fall agonisingly short in Six Nations quest

England's Tom Youngs at the final whistle of the Six Nations match at Twickenham
England's Tom Youngs at the final whistle of the Six Nations match at Twickenham
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ENGLAND 55 FRANCE 35

England fell agonisingly short of being crowned RBS 6 Nations champions for the first time under Stuart Lancaster despite toppling France 55-35 in an electrifying evening of mayhem at Twickenham.

Set the task of winning by 26 points following Ireland’s 40-10 victory in Edinburgh, the favourites emptied the tanks in pursuit of a goal that remained elusive despite amassing seven tries in a thrilling clash that saw the whitewash breached a total of 12 times.

Only once before had England scored the required target against France in the tournament since World War Two - they triumphed by 29 in 2001 - and their failure to do so saw them finish runners-up for a fourth successive year.

Ireland retained their title and the Red Rose will reflect on the tries conceded to Italy and missed chances butchered against Scotland with profound regret knowing they fell just six points short of lifting the trophy.