How France's dramatic win impacts Ireland's World Cup seeding

How France's dramatic win impacts Ireland's World Cup seeding

What happened in the last 10 minutes of that game, shouldn't ever happen again on an worldwide rugby field.

"One of their coaches outside their technical area had a conversation with their doctor, and within one minute (Slimani) comes on", Howley said.

It all started with a replacement.

And a shoulder injury to captain Alun Wyn Jones means the second row will be anxious about his place for this summer's Lions tour to New Zealand.

He settled instead for: "I believe the integrity of global rugby, the game we love, was brought into disrepute today".

Even if you planned exclusively to tune into Ireland/England, you won't have missed the farce that became France/Wales: the game ended in Wayne Barnes pushing a rock up a hill for twenty minutes, as scrums were reset exclusively to be collapsed and reset again.

Lee has been sent to the sin bin for the offence that lead to the penalty. Match ends at 99:55. He said he had a sore back but that he was OK.

Slimani had earlier been replaced but the France team doctor insisted that Atonio needed an HIA, therefore allowing Slimani to go back on as France laid siege to Wales' line through a series of scrums. How coincidental. That Atonio walked down the tunnel alone, without a medic for the HIA, did not go unnoticed. He went to the ref and talked to him about it but there is a big bite mark there.

Tipuric was left disappointed Rob Howley's men fell short after losing three times and winning just twice.

"It was a heroic match and a great team performance", said Noves. It's here where World Rugby need to clear up the ruling on time management by the officials, otherwise similar instances can and will occur. But controversy would arise once more before play could resume.

The power game is not going to work - especially against the French - and Wales have to show a bit more adventure and mix up that power game with some different ideas.

Paris - Six Nations organisers said on Sunday that an independent citing commissioner would examine an alleged bite on Wales wing George North and the dispute over a contentious head injury at the end of France's dramatic victory over the Welsh.

What the television footage did show though was that both Dulin and Huget were in a position where they could have made contact with North's arm, which according to Barnes had evidence of a bite, while Howley added "there's evidence on George's arm to suggest something did happen".

The 100-minute Test match looks set to rumble on for some time yet.

Finally, something similar to a game of rugby would resume, and Chouly would score the all-important try for the French, though that did not stop the stadium announcer giving Camille Chat the credit.

England may have wrapped up the Six Nations title with a game to spare but there is still plenty to play for when France and Wales clash on Saturday.

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