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RugbyU: Last gasp France stun England in Paris

Published on Feb 2, 2014 6:35 AM

PARIS (AFP) - A brilliant late Gael Fickou try helped France to a stunning 26-24 win over England in the Six Nations on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014.

Maxime Machenaud kicked the resulting conversion from under the posts as an exhilarating contest ended in fitting style with France beating their fiercest rivals for the first time since the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals.

France looked to have blown it after two Yoann Huget tries had given them a 16-3 lead midway through the first half, only for Mike Brown - with his first try in 22 England matches - and Luther Burrell, on his debut, to cross the white wash and help England to a five-point lead with just three minutes left.

In the build-up France coach Philippe Saint-Andre laughed off suggestions his team were favourites for the championship, given they finished last in a miserable 2013 in which they lost eight out of 11 matches.

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