FLY-HALF Paul Grayson kicked 23 points and wing Jon Sleightholme ran in a brilliant try as England beat Ireland 28-15 yesterday to retain the Five Nations' title and give an injured Will Carling a victorious send-off as captain before a delighted Twickenham crowd. Carling, in his 59th international as England captain, was carried off five minutes before half-time with torn ligaments in his ankle and took no further part in the match. He was replaced by Phil de Glanville with number eight Dean Richards taking over as skipper. Four minutes from time, and with England finding gaps in a tiring Ireland defence, Sleightholme made a lightning diagonal run for the far flag, riding two tackles on the way to touch down near the corner. Grayson, who had put England ahead 18-15 with a drop goal for the first time on the hour, converted to beat the previous England individual points record against Ireland set by Jonathan Webb in 1992. Carling, who still hopes to play international rugby, although yesterday was his final match as captain, said he was delighted at the result but admitted he had felt 'a bit pathetic' at having to leave the field. 'But I am delighted with the result. The lads showed great character and played some great rugby. There will certainly be some celebrations tonight.' England's unexpected joy was made possible by France's shock defeat in Cardiff, where they went down 16-15 to a resurgent Wales at Cardiff Arms Park. Recalled fly-half Neil Jenkins kicked his third penalty six minutes from the end to give Wales victory. Returning to the team for the first time in the championship in place of Arwel Thomas, Jenkins kicked a close range penalty after the French had gained the lead for the first time 10 minutes from the end. The French trailed 13-8 before Toulouse wing Emile NTamack collected a loose pass and raced over for a try. Fly-half Thomas Castaignede, who scored the other French try in the first half and also kicked a penalty, converted to edge the French ahead. Welsh scrum-half Rob Howley opened the scoring with a try while Jenkins kicked three penalties and a conversion. It was the first Welsh victory in the championship after seven losses in a row over the past two seasons. England had gone into the game looking to win the Triple Crown but expecting France to take the title by beating Wales. Even the first aim seemed to be receding when they gave away a string of penalties and they trailed the combative Irish team 15-12 at half-time. Ireland went ahead with a drop goal by fly-half David Humphreys in the second minute and fullback Simon Mason went on to convert all four of his penalties, twice leaving England six points adrift. Grayson, who failed with one penalty attempt after the referee had whistled prematurely with scrum-half Matt Dawson breaking through with a chance to score, pulled England level for the second time with his fifth penalty in the 44th minute. England had taken the upper hand, keeping the ball in the Irish half for most of the rest of the game and Grayson made the telling breakthrough when his 60th minute drop goal was on the mark. Grayson's sixth successful penalty in the 66th minute was the prelude to England's rousing finish. Carling's possible successor as captain, flanker Lawrence Dallaglio had a storming game as the forwards ran the Irish defence ragged. Then came the news from Cardiff Arms Park that Wales had upset France and England found themselves celebrating not only the Triple Crown but also the championship. 'Ireland were very committed and came in from all sorts of angles at 100 miles per hour,' said Carling, whose side were upset by Ireland on their last visit to Twickenham in 1994. 'It was a great way to finish.'