• Brian O'Driscoll was once again the centre of attention as Ireland looked to clinch the title in Paris.
  • Visiting coach Joe Schmidt barks out the instructions in the build up to the big match at Stade de France.
  • However it was France who made the fast start, with scrum-half Maxime Machenaud kicking them in front after less than two minutes.
  • France's Yoann Huget carries the ball forward, despite the best efforts of O'Driscoll to stop the winger
  • Machenaud duly doubled the home side's lead with another penalty, as Les Bleus raised their game and also the hopes of all of England
  • However Ireland hit back impressively, Jonathan Sexton diving over from close range for the first try of the evening...
  • and not long after winger Andrew Trimble followed suit, Sexton this time knocking over the conversion to make it 12-6 in Ireland's favour.
  • France's response was almost immediate and just as impressive - Brice Dulin taking Huget's knock back to score out on the right flank...
  • much to the delight of team-mate Gael Fickou and the majority of a raucous crowd inside the Stade de France.
  • Sexton edged Ireland back in front early in the second half when he touched down for his second try...
  • He also added the conversion and a further penalty, putting the away team 22-13 ahead at one stage...
  • But Sexton's match was cut short by injury, and he left the field on a stretcher after a clash with Mathieu Bastareaud.
  • France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski set up a thrilling finish when he plunged over next to the posts...
  • And it appeared the hosts might have snatched it when Damien Chouly crossed, only for his score to be ruled out for a forward pass.
  • The let-off meant Ireland held on through to the final whistle to clinch victory, much to the delight of Sean Cronin and Ian Madigan
  • Skipper Paul O'Connell lifts the trophy aloft as the Irish are crowned Six Nations champions for the first time since 2009...
  • And meant O'Driscoll was able to round out his amazing international career as a champion.
  • The talismanic centre holds aloft the spoils during the lap of honour after playing in his 142nd - and final - Test.

France 20-22 Ireland

Brian O'Driscoll was once again the centre of attention as Ireland looked to clinch the title in Paris.