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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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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England brush aside Italy for first win of Borthwick era

Guinness Six Nations England 31-14 Italy England returned to winning ways with a 31-14 win over Italy at Twickenham to

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Scotland strike late to stun England claiming Calcutta Cup

Duhan van der Merwe ensured Steve Borthwick’s England reign was launched with an agonising defeat after the Scotland wing crossed twice in a Calcutta Cup classic at Twickenham. Van der Merwe plundered his decisive second try in the 74th minute as Scotland came from behind to record a dramatic victory in their Guinness Six Nations opener.

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Lions battle back to beat South Africa in first test

The British and Irish Lions came from behind in a dominant second half to seize an early lead in their series against South Africa with a tense 22-17 victory at Cape Town Stadium. Trailing 12-3 at the interval after being picked apart by the boot of Handre Pollard, the Lions came alive as a Luke Cowan-Dickie try ignited a fightback that was completed by the boots of Dan Biggar and Owen Farrell.

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