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No Grand Slam for England as Ireland end their winning run

Ireland forward Iain Henderson stretches to score the only try of the match. Credit: PA

Iain Henderson scored the only try of the game as Ireland beat England 13-9 in the final match of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations.

England had already been crowned as champions for the second year in a row, but the defeat in Dublin not only ended their 18-match unbeaten run but also prevented them from securing back-to-back Grand Slams.

For a full report and highlights, visit ITV's 6 Nations website


Sale Sharks announce signing of Josh Strauss

Sale have announced the signing of Scotland international Josh Strauss, with the Glasgow Warrior agreeing terms on a three-year deal with the Sharks.

Strauss has joined from Glasgow Warriors. Credit: PA

The 30-year-old South Africa-born back-row has made 11 appearances for Scotland and has been hailed as a "world-class" signing by the Sharks' director of rugby, Steve Diamond.

"He has been performing well for both Glasgow and Scotland over the past five years and will compliment the squad in the ball-carrying department," Diamond said.

"He is a leader and a very powerful athlete. The new owners Simon Orange and Ged Mason are keen to help Sale Sharks become one of the leading clubs and signings like Josh will help our cause."

Strauss was ruled out of the Six Nations after Scotland's meetings with Ireland and France with a knee injury.

The player added: "Since coming to the UK I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to play in the Premiership, which is a highly-rated competition by players in South Africa.

"I signed for Glasgow and needed to sign for a second term in order to qualify to play for the national side. I have really enjoyed my time with the Warriors but I asked my agent to look around in the Premiership for me."

Campagnaro, Dollman and Woodburn sign Exeter deals

Italy centre Michele Campagnaro and backs Phil Dollman and Olly Woodburn have all signed new deals with Exeter Chiefs.

Campagnaro in action for the Exter Chiefs. Credit: PA

Campagnaro, 23, has agreed a one-year contract extension, while 31-year-old full-back Dollman and wing Woodburn, 25, have committed to two more seasons in Devon.

Exeter boss Rob Baxter insisted Campagnaro never wanted to leave Sandy Park, in hailing the trio of new deals.

"I think some people thought there were issues between us, but that has never been the case, and Michele has never wanted to leave, and we have never wanted to let go of him,' said Baxter.

"He is a great guy, he has worked exceptionally hard. He didn't come in post-World Cup (2015) expecting just to jump straight into the team.

"He knew there were a few things he would have to learn, and even though he speaks very good English, there is a difference between that and being communicated with in the hurly-burly of a Premiership rugby game, and having to process it all very quickly.

"I think he has done really well adapting to that and he is improving all the time. He has worked very hard to be as good a player as he can be, but he still has got massive improvement to make.

"I am delighted he is staying, and I am really pleased he wanted to stay, and I think he sees this as a really good rugby environment for him, and I think it is a win-win story for both of us."

RBS 6 Nations: France edge out Scotland in Paris

France got the better of Scotland to win their first match of the 2017 tournament. Credit: PA

France beat Scotland 22-16 in Paris in a bruising encounter to record their first win of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations. Scotland picked up a bonus point for losing by fewer than seven points but their hopes of a Grand Slam this season are now gone.

For a full report, visit ITV's dedicated 6 Nations website.

Watch match highlights on ITV at 10.20pm

Springbok legend Van der Westhuizen critical in hospital

Joost van der Westhuizen won 89 caps for South Africa. Credit: PA

Rugby World Cup winner Joost van der Westhuizen remains in a critical condition after years of battling motor neurone disease (MND).

The 45-year-old South Africa great has been living with the illness since 2011 and was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday morning.

His J9 Foundation released an update on his condition on Sunday, saying Van der Westhuizen was "putting up an incredible fight".

The foundation was set up by Van der Westhuizen to aid people suffering from MND.

Van der Westhuizen won 89 caps for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003, helping the team win the 1995 World Cup on home soil.

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