Six Nations: Ireland win 2018 title

	Stuart Hogg during the captain's run at Murrayfield before the Scotland team left for Dublin

SNS Stuart Hogg during the captain's run at Murrayfield before the Scotland team left for Dublin

However, Eddie Jones's men could not even claim victory at Stade de France as the host won a scrappy contest high on physicality, but low on quality.

"The breakdown is different and more contestable and there are different interpretations of the ruck being refereed", he said. He said: "I'd be lying if I said otherwise". "So you've got to take that in equal doses". At the same time, there's some players who you haven't seen on the pitch who have worked incredibly hard.

"We said well done to each other, but there's something more that we want, and that's going to be our focus this week". We're not sure [how bad it is]. There's no lack of effort. But we know that the biggest challenge is ahead still (against England). "These are painful lessons at the moment". Scotland cleaned England out at the breakdown, winning 13 turnovers and the match and the Calcutta Cup, 25 points to 13.

"It's not a clubs problem, it's our problem. When you put yourselves in position to win effectively everything in this Six Nations, it becomes massive". Their rugby has not been so very brilliant in this championship.

"They probably think they are going to get loads of opportunities but as I know it doesn't work out like that".

"International rugby is dramatically different now to where it was 12 months ago".

The unpalatable fact is that the flaws exploited by an average but physically powerful France team were not ones that were a surprise.

"France has gone through a tough time", the 64-year-old Brunel said.

"Our defence was remarkable and there was a lot of energy and will". "At times when we were under pressure today and they were trying to play chaotic rugby, we were able to get a breath back and get control through the spine of our team".

"They will be extra motivated and knowing many from the Lions tour they are a great bunch and will be gunning for us". "We've been criticised a lot but we believe in the team".

It was England's second defeat in a row after they lost to Scotland in the previous round of matches and only their third in 27 matches under coach Eddie Jones.

The Irish are on 19 points and England and France on 10 going into the final round of matches.

Abigail Dow scored England's opening converted try before Tremouliere crossed for an unconverted score just after the half hour mark. England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland had all won in Paris in the past two years, and this French XV was a hotch-potch of emerging talent like the big wing Remy Grosso, and hit-and-hope selections. Is Ben Te'o really England's equivalent of Sonny Bill Williams?

Dallaglio also reckons Jones' side could be on the receiving end of a hiding against Ireland if they don't fix the problems which have been all too obvious over the last few weeks.

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