Ireland ensured Brian O’Driscoll’s last ever match in rugby union had a fairytale ending by defeating France in Paris and securing the Six Nations title. The match was closely fought and they edged past the home nation 22-20, with France missing a penalty late on.
England had earlier defeated Italy 52-11 and would have won the title if Ireland had slipped up against France. Elsewhere, Wales enjoyed a huge 51-3 victory over Scotland.
O’Driscoll expressed what the victory meant to him in an emotional speech after the match:
“It’s exactly as I would have wanted. It feels great to be a two-time Six Nations winner. We have had so many second places down through the years. It’s great to finish on a high in my last game in this magnificent jersey.”