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England vs Ireland - Six Nations 2020- Live score and updates from Twickenham

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Courtney Lawes: 'We knew Ireland were on good form and we came out flying, we put an emphasis on that all week. It was great to get out here with the boys.

'Any chance I get to put on the shirt, especially at my old age, I relish it. We just want to keep building, the goal is to be the best team the world has ever seen.'

JONNY SEXTON: We gave a good team two tries from not covering chip kicks, and we knoew they were coming. We tried to get the ball to the space, but we couldn’t get there, we have a few things to look at. It looked like we were pedestrian at times, and we need to get better.'


A dominant display by England with George Ford, Elliot Daly and Luke Cowan-Dickie getting the tries.

Robbie Henshaw and Andrew Porter on the board for Ireland.

England may be disappointed there was no bonus point score, but this feels like they are firmly back on track.

CON: ENGLAND 24-12 IRELAND (Cooney 83mins)

Jophn Cooney the scrum-half takes responsibility for the kick and slots it over to end the game.

TRY: ENGLAND 24-10 IRELAND (Porter 83mins)

Into the red and Ireland up to the line.

Dillane repelled by Cowan-Dickie. England standing firm a metre out.

Still ireland try to drive.

Doris spies a gap but Cowan-Dickie is there to shut it.

Porter goes, right on the left corner now.

They finally get there but there are no celebrations at all there. Porter is the man who gets it down.

77mins: ENGLAND 24-5 IRELAND

Ireland waste another attacking position through some carelessness.

England then throw around some nonsense and eventually Ford gets caught to concede the penalty.

75mins: ENGLAND 24-5 IRELAND

Ireland go again, Stockdale racing down thew wing and lobbing it inside to Cooney. he is brought down with a high tackle and Ireland have the penalty.

Sexton kicks cross-field with a shot to nothing but the only person there is flanker Peter O'Mahoney.

He makes a valiant dive for it but that is not quite as elegant as usual when a back tries it.

We are just playing out time now, the scrum gets a word from Peyper.

Courtney Lawes deservedly takes man of the match honours.

73mins: ENGLAND 24-5 IRELAND

Another sensational defensive effort stops Ireland after a fine break between Doris and Cooney. Byrne is in the ruck illegally and a penalty goes England's way.

Henry Slade takes the place of Manu Tuilagi as England empty their bench.

70mins: ENGLAND 24-5 IRELAND

Aki, of all the Ireland players, can keep his head held high. He smashes through Joseph and carries hard.

We go back for an ireland penalty for an England offside.

68mins: ENGLAND 24-5 IRELAND

Jones takes the time to have a word will Will Stuart before he makes his Twickenham bow in place of Sinckler.

He then shakes the hand of every body on the bench.

The victory is assured, but actually a bonus point win would really boost England's slim chances of a surprise Championship win. They would need a favour from Ireland later on in the tournament, but it is not done and dusted yet.

66mins: ENGLAND 24-5 IRELAND

Sexton off (he's been off all game), Ross Byrne on for Ireland.

Ben Earls is also on to further boost a pack that is dominating all over the pitch.

Curry off, as far as I can see.

Charlie Ewels still at No 8.

66mins: ENGLAND 24-5 IRELAND

Ireland look beaten, they restart with a terrible kick.

Jonny May then steals the ball from the floor, he races away, kicks ahead and is completely taken out off the ball but somehow the TMO and the referee don't think there was anything wrong with that.

A nonsense decision that, Henshaw was later than the No 3 bus.

64mins: ENGLAND 24-5 Ireland

ireland look beaten, they restart with a terrible kick.

Jonny May then steals the ball from the floor, he races away, kicks ahead and is completely taken out off the ball but somehow the TMO and the referee don't think there was anything wrong with that.

A nonsense decision that, Henshaw was later than the No 3 bus.

64mins: ENGLAND 24-5 IRELAND

ireland look beaten, they restart with a terrible kick.

Jonny May then steals the ball from the floor, he races away, kicks ahead and is completely taken out off the ball but somehow the TMO and the referee don't think there was anything wrong with that.

A nonsense decision that, Henshaw was later than the No 3 bus.

64mins: ENGLAND 24-5 IRELAND

ireland look beaten, they restart with a terrible kick.

Jonny May then steals the ball from the floor, he races away, kicks ahead and is completely taken out off the ball but somehow the TMO and the referee don't think there was anything wrong with that.

A nonsense decision that, Henshaw was later than the No 3 bus.

CON: ENGLAND 24-5 Ireland (Farrell 62mins)

It's tricky, wide right, but Farrell just about squeezes it inside the post and has maximum points from his boot today.

Larmour off, Earls onto the wing with Stockdale at full-back.

TRY: ENGLAND 22-5 Ireland (Cowan-Dickie 62mins)

England are just upping the power. They have been camped on the line for the past 10 minutes and they finally make it count.

Tuilagi, Underhill and all of Twickenham pile in to drive replacement hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie over the line and surely seal the victory.

Time to hunt for the bonus point.


Ben Youngs has gone off, after a memorable 100th Test appearance. The Leicester scrum-half rolled back the years today with a dynamic, impressive performance – fully justifying his recall to England’s starting XV.

60mins: ENGLAND 17-5 IRELAND

Joe Launchbury on for George Kruis.

Kelleher, Doris and Dillane on for van der Flier, Toner and Herring for Ireland

60mins: ENGLAND 17-5 IRELAND

England absolutely annihilate the Ireland scrum after what seems like an age of resets.

Ellis Genge is once again pumped up.

Ireland have crumbled there.

58mins: ENGLAND 17-5 IRELAND

Marler, Lawes and Youngs depart.

Heinz, Charlie Ewels and Ellis Genge - to a huge cheer - are now on the field.

Charlie Ewels at No 8. Eddie Jones just does not care about positions at all.

55mins: ENGLAND 17-5 IRELAND

England have awakened again and are pushing for the line.

They make a mess of Ireland's scrum to give themselves territory and Joseph drives from Farrell's pass.

Cowan-Dickie drives forward, slow it down and prepare to pick and go.

Metres are in short supply.

Itoje shovels to Cowan-Dickie, Youngs travels and gives it to Farrell, it goes to Daly with a one-on-one but he fumbles!

Porter replaces Tadhg Furlong in the front row.

55mins: ENGLAND 17-5 IRELAND

Ireland clear through Murray, Joseph gathers well.

We go wide right, kicking high, Tuilagi gathers a fumble and thinks he is clear but May knocked that on so no score.

Cooney on for the rather desolate Murray at nine. He has been in flying form this season, can he bring that to the last 25 minutes here?

55mins: ENGLAND 17-5 IRELAND

A crucial score for Ireland and that may now shift the momentum.

England toss it around in midfield with Sinckler and Cowan-Dickie showboating before Ford threads it through and Ireland face a pressure line-out in their own half.

TRY: England 17-5 IRELAND (Henshaw 50mins)

Ireland are relentless and they have their reward.

Battering away close to the line, Henshaw picks a line between Farrell and Curry and gets across on the right flank.

Another scuffed kick from Sexton and that is strange. Incredibly bad and a missed chance to close the gap further.

Luke Cowan-Dickie on at hooker for George as the changes begin.

45mins: ENGLAND 17-0 IRELAND

A better set-up from ireland they go at the line.

Kilcoyne drives, then herring. Two metres out. Kilcoyne again.

They go to the left again, Murray gets snagged as he tries to snipe.

High tackle by Sinckler gives advantage, but it is slow. Shot to nothing..

Sexton tries to go, then Aki. England resolute and Peyper ends it. Back we go for the penalty. Sexton puts his money on the scrum.

45mins: ENGLAND 17-0 IRELAND

ireland drive well, England think they've taken it down but Ireland go again.

Then Murray doesn't take the ball quick enough, get sucked in and scrum goes to England.

As England try and clear, Stander and Farrell have a weird coming together as the England captain refuses to let go of the back-rower's leg. Penalty against England.

Farrell is incensed and tries remonstrating with Peyper but no dice.

To the corner Ireland go again.

42mins: ENGLAND 17-0 IRELAND

Ireland have never come from this far behind to win, apparently.

Ireland scrum. Stander controls very well from 8, pushes through and they take the penalty.

Deep into the 22 they go, line-out time.

42mins: ENGLAND 17-0 IRELAND

Ireland with the early scrum but they can't do anything with it.

England dominate with Itoje ripping the ball and wrapping up Kilcoyne. Monstrous.


Away we go for the final 40.

Ireland were woeful, but the truth is the are only two tries and a penalty behind. What can they muster?


England brilliant, Ireland desperately poor. If the visitors get back into this one it would be a seismic shock.


What a half from England. A stuttering campaign has caught fire in spectacular fashion.

Intensity, accuracy and invention from all over the pitch.

George Ford and Elliot Daly with the tries from similar positions, plus seven points from Farrell's boot and that will do nicely.

PEN: ENGLAND 17-0 Ireland (Farrell 39mins)

That will do, simple as you like for Farrell straight down the middle to stretch the lead further.

Sexton and Murray have been dreadful but the pack have done them no favours at all.

37mins: ENGLAND 14-0 IRELAND

Ireland are clinging on for dear life at the moment.

They put eight phases together but go nowhere, Ireland spill yet again in contact.

Itoje mops up, Joseph chases Ford's kick down the wing and somehow beats Conway to it and keeps it infield.

That gives England a platform, then Curry produces some absolute magic to twist his way past a tackle.

Then it goes infield and George gets some metres.

They have the penalty and we go back. Take the points before the hooter?


England fully deserve their commanding lead – in fact they could be further ahead and it would be well justified. Eddie Jones’s side have been imperious so far and they have left Ireland chasing shadows.

The visitors cannot cope with the intensity being inflicted on them; both in terms of English physicality and the tempo of their attacking work. It has been a stunning half-hour master-class.

29mins: ENGLAND 14-0 IRELAND

Itoje gets a brilliant charge down on Murray's box kick, then May smothers Stockdale into touch as he collects a kick.

However, May was a little early and tackles the wing as he was airborne.

Penalty Ireland for some light relief.

29mins: ENGLAND 14-0 IRELAND

Everything is going right for England and everything is going wrong for Ireland.

Sexton loses a boot which messes up the attacking plan, Daly gathers a kick and boots a 55m kick inch-perfect down the line.

Ireland mess up the line-out, Underhill gathers and England go again. Lawes carrying so hard today, what a performance.

Ford is off his feet to concede the penalty.

CON: ENGLAND 14-0 IRELAND (Farrell 25mins)

Extras again added from the middle of the pitch by Farrell.

Further bad news for Ireland as Cian Healy is forced off injured and Dave Kilcoyne is on in his place.

TRY: ENGLAND 12-0 IRELAND (Daly 24mins)

Huge drive by England from line-out after kicking to the corner.

It is a mess of bodies three metres out at the moment. O'Mahoney does well to stop the drive.

Marler goes, Youngs feeds Lawes who is driven back, Ford dinks it through to the line... TRY!

The ball just bounced kindly and the full-back is there to dab it down. Ireland are all at sea and England are on fire.

TMO checking all is good... Marius Joncker confirms we are all good.


England are slicing through the Ireland defence at will, this time Joseph just dances beyond three players.

At the same time, Itoje and Stander are having a scrap on the floor and the Ireland man loses his shirt temporarily.

The ball is recycled and O'Mahoney concedes the penalty with England absolutely flying.


An absolutely brilliant kick from Farrell puts England in the corner. Line-out does, for once, not go well, and Lawes knocks on to relieve the pressure.


Elliot Daly is hit in the tackle but gets his kick away. 

The line-out again purrs with Lawes claiming and Tuilagi carrying, Ford slightly miskicks though with May ready to run and eventually Youngs fumbles with Ireland getting the scrum.

Ireland are pinged and England get the penalty, kicking to the corner.


Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has made an atrocious start to this match. He’s just missed a routine penalty shot from in front of the posts, his fumble led to England’s try and his kicking from hand has been absolutely dire so far.

He is not looking much like the 2018 World Player of the Year…


Ireland go from the line-out and England offend so Sexton goes for the shot to nothing.

We pull it back, Sexton goes for the posts but shanks one hideously wide. A shocking start for the veteran No 10.

Tuilagi then hammers Stander with a brilliant tackle in defence. Scrum time with England's put-in.


Ireland now have the chance to build something.

A first mistake in the air as May spills a high ball, Itoje grabs it from an offside position and that is a penalty.

Ireland opt to kick towards the corner.

TRY: ENGLAND 5-0 Ireland (Ford 9mins)

Lawes carries to set up position, Youngs knocks a kick beautifully weighted to the line with Ford and Farrell chasing.

Larmour is nowhere, Sexton juggles then drops the ball over his own line and Ford is there to dab it down. Deserved reward for a wonderful start.

Farrell adds the extras.


England spoke about wanting to reach the same heights of intensity in this game as they did against the All Blacks in their epic World Cup semi-final victory – and the early signs are promising.

They have started this match with the same pace and ferocity and focus as they mustered against the Kiwis in Yokohama. Manu Tuilagi is already wreaking havoc and, so far at least, England are dominating the aerial battle.


Tuilagi yet again comes barreling in off the line-out, then Farrell finds the unlikely figure of Jamie George flying down the line. He is tackled and the ball goes loose

O'Mahoney smuggles it over the line and from the next line-out Ford hoicks it high to the right where May is lurking.


Still England go, wide left and Tuilagi has it on the left touchline but is stopped short. It comes infield, Lawes and the shaven-headed Marler giving a go. An overthrown pass is tapped back by Lawes but there is an almighty mess on the floor, Ireland regather and win the scrum on their own five-metre line. Pressure is on.

Murray boots it clear up to halfway and England can go again. Plenty of intensity so far.


Some excellent early control from England.

Elliot Daly sends a lovely kick through then snags Murray before he can turn. Ireland exit well but England have a good attacking line-out.

Inside the 22.

Lawes takes it, Tuilagi bursts forward and England set well with Joseph carrying it from off the wing.


Away we go! George Ford kicks it deep into Ireland territory, CJ Stander gathers in the middle of the pitch then drives up and Conor Murray exits well.

We are on.


The teams come out, England led by Jonathan Joseph on the occasion of his 50th cap.

We then belt through the anthems, Ireland's Call - an absolute tune - up first. Then England give the old faithful a run out.

Kick-off just minutes away.


England are 4/11 to pick up their second win in their Six Nations campaign and beat Ireland after a shock defeat in the first match in Paris. Ireland are 12/5 to make it three wins from three in 2020, a draw is 20/1, according to bookie

Unsurprisingly, the electric Jonny May is 11/10 to score a try at Twickenham, Jacob Stockdale is Wales’ most likely scorer at 5/2.

The handicap is set at -7.5 in England’s favour. Eddie Jones’ side are evens to win off -7.5, Ireland are 10/13 +7.5.

With two good wins behind them, Ireland are likely to be quick out the traps and are well-priced at 9/5 to reach 10 points first, England are 2/5.

England were 32-20 winners when these sides met in Dublin and are 7/5 to win by the same 1-12 point margin.

Selected bets via

England to win – 4/11

Ireland to win – 12/5

Draw – 20/1

Jonny May to score anytime – 11/10

Jacob Stockdale to score anytime – 5/2

England to win -7.5 – Evens

Ireland to win - +7.5 – 10/13

Ireland first to 10 points – 9/5

England first to 10 points – 2/5

England to win by 1-12 points – 7/5    


Triple Crown is there but a good performance is needed.

I've coached most of them so I know their skillset, I know Joseph hasn't played on the wing before but he is good in the air so I can see that.

It is about learning, growing as a group, asking the questions so they get the right answers and grow as a group. They did that and Bono gave us some good answers and hopefully we can hold onto that for the rest of the week. 


ENGLAND: Daly; May, Tuilagi, Farrell (capt), Joseph; Ford, Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Lawes, Underhill, Curry. Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Stuart, Launchbury, Ewels, Earl, Heinz, Slade.


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