IT was another standout performance from former Worcester Warriors centre Ollie Lawrence as he scored two for England in their thrilling 33-31 defeat to France in the final game of the Guinness Six Nations.

A monster Thomas Ramos penalty in the final minute sunk England in what was a classic at the Groupama Stadium.

Steve Borthwick’s men have trailed at half-time of every match of the Championship and once more they faced an uphill battle, this time in the form of 16-6 deficit that included a try of the tournament contender for scrum-half Nolann Le Garrec.

But they turned the contest on its head by amassing 21 unanswered points through two Lawrence tries and a Marcus Smith touch down as their attack ran amok through the France midfield.

France regrouped to cross through Leo Barre and Gael Fickou but England were not done yet as Tommy Freeman stormed over in the right corner with five minutes remaining.

They appeared to have secured their fourth win of the Six Nations having staged multiple fightbacks but when they infringed just outside their half with seconds left, Ramos kept his nerve to hit the target.

Manu Tuilagi came on for what is likely to be his final England appearance and he could not have asked for a more dramatic send-off.

And after the game, Lawrence paid tribute to Tuilagi, saying: "Manu’s been class. You ask anyone in the squad, he’s one of the best people around.

"He was my hero growing up, he was someone I looked up to and tried to emulate my game around.

"The way he was playing at a young age in an England shirt was amazing. To keep going playing at this level is testament to him really.

"To have the pleasure to take the field with him on the amount of occasions I have now is special and a memory I will look back on.

"Who knows what is going to happen in the future, but it has been a pleasure playing with Manu. He’s a great bloke on and off the field."