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England suffer defeat to France in World Cup warm-up

England were beaten despite a spirited fightback in the final ten minutes. Credit: PA

England's preparations for the home World Cup suffered a setback after they slumped to a 25-20 defeat by France that at least featured a stirring late fightback.

Danny Cipriani stepped off the bench to cross and Jonathan Joseph also touched down in a lively finish, but England's tries in an error-strewn clash in Paris merely masked the extent of their inferiority for the previous 70 minutes.

For the full match report, visit ITV's Rugby World Cup website.


26-year-old rugby player forced to retire

Williams has had to hang up his boots. Credit: PA

Bath centre Ben Williams has been forced to retire from rugby due to a shoulder injury.

The 26-year-old former England U16 and U18 cap made 37 appearances for Bath, scoring five tries, but did not feature in the 2014-15 campaign after suffering a shoulder injury in a pre-season match against Scarlets which required surgery.

"I've done everything in my power to get back to full fitness, but there comes a point when you realise you need to do what's best for your well-being," Williams told the official Bath website.

Bath head coach Mike Ford said: "It's a real shame to see such a talented player having to retire from the game so young.

"Every time he took to the field we saw what he was capable of, so it's a pity that injury has curtailed such a promising career."

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