The longest Six Nations Championship in history concluded on Saturday evening in Paris when France’s victory over Ireland ensured that England were crowned 2020 Champions on a thrilling final day.
Italy v England
Eddie Jones’ side did all they could as they secured the bonus point win (34-5) in Rome but had to wait for the game held at the Stade de France to conclude before celebrating their first title since 2017 as Les Bleus triumphed 35-27 over Andy Farrell’s team.
It wasn’t plain sailing for England who were just 10-5 up at the break. Ben Youngs, who won his 100th Test cap, scored one of his two trys early on.
Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson and Sam Underhill all started at the Stadio Olimpico and helped give the 2019 World Cup Finalists a solid platform to secure maximum points.
In timely order, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels and Tom Dunn were then given their chances to impress from the bench. Along with debutant Jonny Hill, it was Dunn’s first international cap. His relentless determination and work ethic to convert from a loose-head prop to a hooker (before turning professional) saw the Bath-born front rower become enlisted as the 1417th player to represent England at senior level.
It certainly wasn’t the most polished 80 minute spectacle but that didn’t matter as the history books were re-written once again.
Wales v Scotland
Scotland beat Wales 14-10 in a windswept encounter at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli in the final round of the 2020 Six Nations.
The defending Grand Slam champions were looking to celebrate Alun Wyn Jones 149th Test appearance in winning fashion, however it wasn’t to be.
It was the Scots' first victory in Wales since 2002. Wales were leading 7-6 at half time thanks to a Rhys Carre try, but the visitors went ahead on the hour mark through a Stuart McInally try. Stuart Hogg then kicked a penalty in the final minute of the match to secure a deserved victory.