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England slip to worst finish since 1987 in final Six Nations table

Wales and Scotland claimed narrow wins to edge their way up the standings.

GettyImages-933044490 Eddie Jones picks up his hefty book of work-ons for his team's summer trip to South Africa. Source: Dan Mullan, Getty Images

TO COMPOUND THE sound home beating at the hands of Grand Slam-winning Ireland, the other results on the final day of the Six Nations ensured Eddie Jones and England finished ahead of only Italy in the table.

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Grand Slam winners in 2016 and champions again last year, the fifth-place finish is the lowest England have ended up in the Championship since 1987, when they began the campaign with a 17 – 0 loss to Ireland in Lansdowne Road.

Earlier, Scotland moved out of fifth spot with a dramatic 27 – 29 bonus point win over Italy and Wales edged France 14 – 13 in the final match of the tournament to finish second in the Six Nations behind champions Ireland.

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France opened the scoring at the Principality Stadium through a Francois Trinh-Duc drop-goal, but the home side responded immediately with a Liam Williams try and two Leigh Halfpenny penalties.

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Gael Fickou crossed for a great try, converted by Maxime Machenaud, to keep France in the game before Halfpenny added his third penalty.

The sole score in a dour second-half was a Machenaud penalty as Wales clung on.

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