12 Feb 2012

Six Nations match called off because of frozen pitch

12:45 pm on 12 February 2012

The Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland in Paris has been postponed because of a frozen pitch.

The game was called off 10 minutes after it was due to start, triggering a chorus of boos from the crowd.

No rescheduled date has yet set.

Meanwhile the defending champions England have struggled to a 19-15 win over Italy in Rome.

With much of the pitch covered by snow Italy threatened to gain their first win over England in 18 Tests when they led 15-6 early in the second half.

But England prevailed through the boot of Owen Farrell who kicked five out of five goals.