England beat France in extra-time in a dramatic Autumn Nations Cup Final at Twickenham.
Twickenham welcomed its first international crowd since the 2020 Six Nations as 2,000 supporters were admitted and England landed a couple of early penalties but then saw an inexperienced French side fight back with a try from full-back Brice Dulin to lead 10-6.
France added another three points before England enjoyed their best spell of pressure in attack, with Ford and Genge tantalisingly close to a score before being shut out by stubborn defence.
England still trailed 13-6 at half-time and the teams traded kicks in the second period until France, leading 19-12, were penalised with a minute to play and Ford landed his punt to touch on the money into the left-hand corner.
From the five-metre lineout, England set up a position for hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie to score and Owen Farrell made it 19-19 with the kick to force the game into sudden-death extra-time.
Just 71 seconds of the extra period had elapsed when referee Andrew Brace – who had former Tigers scrum-half Frank Murphy among his assistants – penalised the French on the floor but Farrell saw his kick agonisingly bounce out off the right-hand post.
Farrell, though, finally got one more chance early in the second period of extra-time, after Ford put France under pressure with another astute kick towards the corner and this time he was on target to seal the victory.