Irish deliver Schmidt third Six Nations title


Dublin (AFP)

Ireland won their third Six Nations title under Joe Schmidt on Saturday when champions England lost 22-16 to France in Paris.

The Irish -- who can win only their third Five/Six Nations Grand Slam if they beat England next Saturday -- had earlier secured a bonus point win over Scotland in Dublin beating them 28-8.

The Irish are on 19 points and England and France on 10 going into the final round of matches.

The Irish began their campaign with a nerve-wracking last second win over France and have secured three successive bonus point wins -- for scoring at least four tries -- since, all at Lansdowne Road over Italy, Wales and then the Scots.

Schmidt took over a demoralised Irish side after the 2013 Six Nations but then guided the Irish to back to back titles in 2014/15.

England won the subsequent two -- the Irish denying them successive Grand Slams by beating them in Dublin last year.

The English will be keen to return the favour at Twickenham -- where they are yet to taste defeat under Eddie Jones since he took over after the 2015 World Cup debacle.