England completed a first Grand Slam since 2003
England seized their first Grand Slam since 2003 with a tense 31-21 victory over France in Paris to complete a triumphant debut campaign at the helm for Eddie Jones.
Tries from Danny Care, Dan Cole and Anthony Watson ensured there was no repeat of past failures at the final hurdle – most recently in Dublin five years ago – on a glorious night for a team that had fallen so far short of expectations at last autumn’s World Cup.
The celebrations looked like being muted, after captain Dylan Hartley was knocked unconscious during a tackle in the 68th minute and had to be carried from the pitch on a stretcher after receiving lengthy medical treatment.
But a proud Hartley was back on the pitch after the final whistle and lifted the trophy as England’s celebrations began.
England had claimed the RBS 6 Nations title with a round to spare, but masterminding a 13th Red Rose Grand Slam was Jones’ clear objective and the Australian delivered on the 120th day of his reign to follow up a sequence of four successive runners-up finishes under Stuart Lancaster