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England have thrown themselves right back into the chase for the Six Nations crown with a dominant win over Ireland



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England have overcome Ireland 24-12 in a physically dominant display from the hosts at Twickenham this afternoon.

The win puts England right back into the mix for the Six Nations title, while Ireland will be disappointed with a poor showing that ends their Grand Slam hopes. 

England came roaring out of the blocks as they looked to make an early breakthrough and were rewarded on nine minutes as Ben Youngs sent a lovely grubber kick through the centre of the Irish 22. Johnny Sexton failed to gather the ball inside his own in-goal area allowing George Ford to pick up the ball and touch-down. 

Owen Farrell slotted the conversion to make it 7-0 in what was a dominant start by the hosts. 

Ireland had a chance to get on the scoreboard a couple of minutes later, but Sexton scuffed a penalty kick wide. 

They were made to regret that miss as the home side came powering back, not allowing Ireland to gain any territory and got their second try of the game on 25 minutes. Ford chipped a kick over the top which Jacob Stockdale hesitated to gather which gave Elliot Daly the opportunity to pounce on the ball and score. Farrell again converted to stretch the lead out to 14-0. 

England continued to dominate and Farrell extended their lead to 17-0 with a penalty kick just before half-time and that’s how they went in when the whistle was blown moments later with Ireland facing an uphill battle to get anything from the match in the second period.  

Ireland needed a response and they got it early in the second-half as they came out a different side, mounting a number of meaningful attacks, winning penalty after penalty in the English 22. 

They took their time but they eventually managed to get over the line as Robbie Henshaw barrelled over from close range. Sexton made a mess of the conversion leaving it at 17-5 with 50 minutes on the clock, but it gave Ireland some hope heading into the final half an hour. 

However, the visitors couldn’t continue their good start and it was England who scored next with their third try of the game just past the hour mark as replacement hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie drove over the line off the back of a line-out maul. Farrell was once again perfect from the tee to push his side 24-5 in front. 

Ireland played better over the remaining 20 minutes and managed to get a consolation try through Andrew Porter, who burst over the line after a number of phases. Replacement scrum-half John Cooney knocked over the conversion to make it 24-12 come the full-time whistle.

Next up for England is a clash with Wales where they could seal a Triple Crown, while Ireland host Italy as they look to try and maintain a title tilt and will want to improve on their poor showing today.

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Ireland Starting XV: 

Jordan Larmour (5), Andrew Conway (6), Robbie Henshaw (6), Bundee Aki (6), Jacob Stockdale (4)), Johnny Sexton (5), Conor Murray (5); Cian Healy (4), Rob Herring (6), Tadhg Furlong (6), Devin Toner (5), James Ryan (6), Peter O’Mahony (6), Josh van der Flier (6), CJ Stander (6)

Replacements (7)

England Starting XV: 

Elliot Daly (6), Jonny May (7), Manu Tuilagi (8), Owen Farrell (8), Jonathan Joseph (6), George Ford (7), Ben Youngs (7); Joe Marler (7), Jamie George (7), Kyle Sinckler (7), Maro Itoje (8), George Kruis (7), Courtney Lawes (9), Sam Underhill (7), Tom Curry (7)

Replacements (7)

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Scotland name strong team for Wales



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Stuart Hogg will return to the Scotland starting line-up as Captain for the final round of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations against Wales on Saturday 31 October – kick-off 2:15pm.

Fresh from securing the European and Premiership double with his club Exeter Chiefs, Hogg plays at full back as one of five changes to the starting XV from the Scotland side that defeated Georgia 48-7 last week.

Finn Russell lines up at fly-half after winning his 50th Scotland cap in the Georgia victory at BT Murrayfield on Friday night, and is joined in the half-backs by Glasgow Warriors’ Ali Price.

In the back division, Blair Kinghorn shifts to the wing from full-back and replaces Edinburgh teammate Duhan van de Merwe, who is named among the replacements. James Lang and Chris Harris continue their centre partnership after playing together against Georgia.

In the pack fellow Exeter Chief Jonny Gray comes into the second row and Scarlets’ Blade Thomson is selected at number 8 and will run out on his club ground on Saturday in Llanelli.Hooker Fraser Brown is named as Vice-Captain and packs down with Rory Sutherland and Zander Fagerson in an unchanged front row.

Scott Cummings also retains his starting place to partner Gray in the second row.Edinburgh pair Jamie Ritchie, also a Vice Captain, and Hamish Watson make up the back-row with Thomson.

In the replacements Harlequins scrum-half Scott Steele could make his Scotland debut if called into action.

Adam Hastings and van de Merwe complete the backline replacements. Townsend can also call upon the same front row of Oli Kebble, Stuart McInally and Simon Berghan as featured in against Georgia, alongside Worcester Warrior Cornell du Preez and Edinburgh’s Ben Toolis from the bench.

“As a group we are very much looking forward to finally completing our fixture against Wales and returning to play Guinness Six Nations rugby again. We were highly motivated back in March, and that extra edge has come back into our training and preparations this week.
Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend

“It’s been great to bring in quality and experience to our starting line-up with players such as Stuart, Jonny and Finn who have been involved in some high-level games in recent weeks. We were also encouraged by Blade’s display at the weekend for Scarlets, which is a timely boost given last weekend’s injury to Matt Fagerson.

“We are expecting a physical battle against a very good side, one which we will be working hard to stay in the fight and to finish the fight in Llanelli. Ultimately, this game provides an opportunity for us to end this extended championship on a positive note and go into the Autumn Nations Cup with some added belief in what this group of players can achieve.”

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Wales XV announced for 6 Nations finale v Scotland.



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Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will become rugby’s most capped international on Saturday when he makes his 149th test appearance (140th for Wales plus 9 British & Irish Lions caps).

Jones levelled the record last weekend but will take the honour for himself at Parc y Scarlets this weekend as Wales face Scotland in their re-arranged Guinness Six Nations finale (14.15 KO BBC & S4C).

At the other end of the international spectrum, Cardiff Blues back-row Shane Lewis-Hughes will make his first test appearance for Wales in a back-row alongside experienced Lions duo Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau.

Will Rowlands, fresh from the English Premiership Final with Wasps, comes into the side to make his first start for Wales and he packs down alongside captain Jones.

European Champion and English Premiership winner Tomas Francis comes into the front-row alongside Rhys Carre and Ryan Elias.

In the backline Gareth Davies partners Dan Biggar with Owen Watkin coming into the midfield alongside Jonathan Davies.

Liam Williams returns to the back-three to feature alongside Josh Adams and Leigh Halfpenny.

On the bench Sam Parry, Wyn Jones and Dillon Lewis provide the front-row replacements with Cory Hill and James Davies completing the forward contingent. Lloyd Williams comes straight into the matchday squad and provides backline cover along with Rhys Patchell and Nick Tompkins.

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England name team to face Italy



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Eddie Jones has named his team for England’s key Guinness Six Nations tie against Italy on Saturday [31 October].

Ben Youngs is set to make his 100th cap for his country, at scrum half – becoming the second most capped England men’s player of all time after Jason Leonard (114 caps). Youngs made his senior team debut against Scotland in March 2010, where he came on as a substitute in the Calcutta Cup.

There is also a milestone for hooker Jamie George, who will make his 50th appearance for England this weekend.

Both players will lead England out at the Stadio Olimpico. England need a bonus-point win to put them in contention for winning the tournament, depending on the result in France v Ireland, which follows the game in Rome.

Jonny Hill will make his England debut at lock, while Owen Farrell, starting at fly-half, will captain the side. Henry Slade is at inside centre while Jonathan Joseph returns for England at outside centre.

George Furbank is named at full back with Jonny May and Anthony Watson on the wings.

Kyle Sinckler will play tighthead and Mako Vunipola loosehead in the front row. Maro Itoje completes the tight five.

Sam Underhill is named at open-side flanker with Tom Curry named at blind-side flanker and Billy Vunipola, returning from injury for England for the first time since the Rugby World Cup Final, at No. 8.

Uncapped trio Tom Dunn, Ollie Lawrence and Ollie Thorley are named as finishers, alongside scrum half Dan Robson. Props Ellis Genge and Will Stuart also join the bench with Charlie Ewels and Ben Earl.

Jones said: “We’ve trained with good intensity this week and the squad are excited by the challenge of performing at our best against Italy.

“The team have prepared well and are looking forward to putting on an England shirt and showing what they can do.

“We will also celebrate two major achievements in Ben Youngs and Jamie George’s cap milestones. It’s testimony to their skill, hard work and love of playing for England, and there is more to come from both of them.”

Italy v England is live on ITV 1 and BBC Radio 5 Live (4.45pm GMT KO).

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