England fightback to break Welsh hearts

England’s ambition of making a fresh start on their return to Twickenham failed to produce the hoped for fireworks but they at least had the resilience to dig out a 16-14 victory over Wales. For the first time in Guinness Six Nations history, Warren Gatland’s team led at the interval in their great rival’s stronghold after storming 14-5 ahead through a penalty try and Alex Mann touch down.

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England scrape to narrow victory in Italy

England survived a scare at the Stadio Olimpico to launch their post-World Cup rebuild victory over Italy in their Guinness Six Nations opener. For only the third time in the history of a rivalry spanning 31 Tests, inspired Italy led at the interval, but their 17-13 advantage was methodically picked apart by Steve Borthwick’s men.

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Ireland clinch Grand Slam after holding off resilient England

Ireland won their fourth Grand Slam as they wore down 14-man England in a tense Six Nations finale in Dublin. Two early Owen Farrell penalties put England ahead before Ireland hit back with a well-worked Dan Sheehan try, Robbie Henshaw would also cross the whitewash with Sheehan adding a second and the bonus point was secured by Rob Herring

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Fantastic France inflict record defeat on limp England

Rampant France ran in seven tries to overwhelm a ragged England 53-10, their biggest ever win over the English and first in the Six Nations at Twickenham for 18 years. The French also stayed in contention to win this year’s title ahead of their final game against Wales, climbing to second in the standings behind Ireland.

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England do enough to edge out Wales in Cardiff

England posted a first statement win of the Steve Borthwick era as they heaped further misery on Wales with a 20-10 victory in Cardiff. England’s success – only a third in the Welsh capital from their last eight visits – kept alive their Guinness Six Nations title hopes – although tournament heavyweights France and Ireland now loom large.

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