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In 2012, min­utes be­fore France were due to kick off against Ire­land, ref­eree Dave Pear­son was forced to call off the game due to parts of the Stade de France pitch be­ing frozen – a nadir for the tour­na­ment. The fix­ture was played three weeks later and ended in a 17-17 draw.

IIn the Six Na­tions’ most dra­matic cli­max ever, in 2015 Wales, Ire­land and Eng­land each looked set to win the ti­tle at dif­fer­ent points on the fi­nal day. Play­ing last, Eng­land needed a 26-point win over France. They fell short, 55-35, so a tuxe­doed Ire­land lifted the tro­phy at Mur­ray­field.


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