England v France 2015 Review - Chris Ashton


Eventmasters clients at “Merits”, the number 1 hospitality venue at Twickenham, witnessed a gripping finale to the 2015 RBS Six Nations as England narrowly missed out on the title after an enthralling encounter with France. Stuart Lancaster’s side scored a record 55 points against Les Bleus in one of the most scintillating games Twickenham has ever seen, but the title remains with Ireland.

Results earlier in the day meant England had to win by 26 points to claim a first Six Nations title in four years and they made the perfect start through Ben Youngs early try. France responded well through tries from Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Noa Nakaitaci, and the visitors led 15-10. England wrestled the momentum back before half-time, a thunderous hit from Courtney Lawes got the Twickenham crowd roaring. Antony Watson scored his second of the tournament, before Youngs crossed the line for his second of the game, making the score 27-15.

France struck first after the break as Maxime Mermoz crashed over from close range. But once again England were invigorated by the French try, the magnificent Youngs slashed through the French midfield and sent George Ford in under the posts. Before Ford showed slick hands to send Jack Nowell over for his second try of the tournament.

In this breathless contest it was France who struck next with a marvellous length of the field move that was finished off by prop Vincent Debaty. With 20 minutes left the score was 41-30, but remarkably there was more to come. The man mountain Billy Vunipola was next to score burrowing over from a ruck close to the line. Just three minutes later Les Bleus hit back through replacement hooker Benjamin Kayser.

A superb set-piece move from the England backs saw Nowell cross for his second score of the game with just five minutes to go, and meant that England needed just a converted try to seal the title. The atmosphere within the stadium was at fever pitch and how the French defence held out who knows! Sacrebleu! Final score 55-35.

With twelve tries in the game and 90 points scored this was without doubt one of the greatest, if not the greatest renewal of “Le Crunch”.

champagne-reception-2Prior to kick off guests enjoyed full hospitality from the excellent Merits Hospitality Complex>situated within the Shadow of the South Stand. On arrival you are welcomed by our event team including VIP hostesses, a full complimentary bar (Champagne Reception) is available throughout the day along with a superb catering package (please click here to see details of the award winning menu offered) provided by our own specialist outside catering company – Eventmasters Catering Services Limited..

ashton-stimmoTim Stimpson (England & British & Irish Lions), who in six weeks will be leaving for his Arctic Rugby Challenge in support The Wooden Spoon children’s charity. Was joined by amongst others Chris Ashton (England & Saracens) who gave an interesting and up-to-the-minute preview of the international in what is a real Clubhouse environment in which to entertain your important guests.

We look forward to seeing you in August when England host France in the QBE Internationals prior to the World Cup. More of the same please.