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Saturday Mar 20, 2021

Red card for eye gouge sets up possibly most dramatic ever Six Nations finale

French lock Paul Willemse was shown a red card during Saturday night’s Six Nations showdown against Wales in Paris.

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The second row cleared out Wales prop Wyn Jones late on in the second half and after a long consultation, officials Luke Pearce and Wayne Barnes ruled that Willemse had made contact with the eyes of the Welsh front rower.

France therefore played the remaining 10 minutes of the match with 14 men but after one of the most dramatic finales to any Six Nations championship in history, it was the French who snatched a 32-30 win right at the death.

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