Wales crowned Six Nations champions

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Wales were crowned Six Nations champions on Friday as Scotland beat title hopefuls France 27-23 in Paris.

Les Bleus required a bonus-point victory and a winning margin of at least 21 points from their rearranged clash with the Scots to snatch the title, but they fell short.

The result in Paris was welcome news for the Welsh, who claimed Championship glory for the second time in three years.

Wayne Pivac's men had been forced to wait an additional six days to discover their fate after the heartbreak of Saturday's last-gasp 32-30 defeat at Stade de France denied them a Grand Slam and gave the French renewed title hope.

Success marked a remarkable turnaround for head coach Pivac, who faced questions about his future having finished fifth in last year's Six Nations after succeeding fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland following the 2019 World Cup.

Wales won just three of 10 Tests in 2020 and were unfancied ahead of the tournament.

But, after edging past the 14 men of both Ireland and Scotland, a 40-24 success over deposed champions England and a routine win against Italy were ultimately enough to hold off the challenge of Fabien Galthie's talented French side.

Pivac said his players were "over the moon" after being confirmed as champions.

"What a tournament it has been and, from a Welsh point of view, we are over the moon," Pivac told BBC Sport. "We are very happy to have won the championship."

Scotland, who won in Paris for the first time since 1999, ended up fourth on 15 points after a game that had to be rescheduled following a COVID-19 outbreak within the French camp.

France looked set to win their fourth match when they won the ball in the last play in stoppage time, only for Brice Dulin, who had scored the decisive try in last Saturday's dramatic 32-30 victory against Wales, to run with it instead of kicking it out in an ill-advised attempt to secure a fourth-try bonus point.

Les Bleus, who scored tries through Dulin, Damian Penaud and Swan Rebbadj, lost it again and Scotland went on to score a last-gasp try through Duhan van Der Merwe to seal victory.

Ireland finished third ahead of Scotland on points difference and England finish fifth on 10 points with Italy taking the wooden spoon having lost all their matches.