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Six Nations: England v Ireland - LIVE



BY JACK DE MENEZES
by Jack de Menezes
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Six Nations encounter between England and Ireland, live from Twickenham.

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  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Six Nations encounter between England and Ireland, live from Twickenham.
    2/22/2014 3:13:28 PM
  • 2/22/2014 3:14:34 PM
  • 2/22/2014 3:14:57 PM
  • One of England's most promising positions is in the second-row, as Chris Hewett explains:
    More than that, it is just conceivable that England have struck upon a combination that will prove the equal of those that drove red-rose teams towards the glittering prizes of yesteryear: Five Nations titles, Six Nations titles, Triple Crowns, Grand Slams, a World Cup, the works.
    To read more, CLICK HERE.
    2/22/2014 3:33:58 PM
  • In the day's early match, Duncan Weir kicked a last-minute drop goal to give Scotland their first win of the campaign after downing Italy 21-20 in Rome.
    2/22/2014 3:38:51 PM
  • Stuart Lancaster had the team bus stop before they reached HQ, in order to soak up the walk into the famed stadium surrounded by the passionate home fans. The Irish support is also here in force, and everything is set-up to be a belter.
    2/22/2014 3:46:09 PM
  • The Ireland team arrive among their fans at Twickenham:


    2/22/2014 3:50:09 PM
  • Split loyalties ahead of the game:

    2/22/2014 3:51:03 PM
  • Less than 10 minutes until we get underway, and having just been treated to a rousing rendition of 'Jerusalem', there is certainly an edge in the ground today. Excitement? Or nerves? Probably a bit of both, abut also an expectation from both sides to get the all important win.
    2/22/2014 3:53:31 PM
  • Here come the teams, firstly Ireland led out by the talismanic Paul O'Connell...
    2/22/2014 3:54:43 PM
  • England are ready, with Chris Robshaw leading from the front as he has done so regularly in his international career. Here they come, and we get the usual firework pyrotechnics accompanied by a massive '#CarryThemHome' banner. Time for the anthems. 
    2/22/2014 3:56:18 PM
  • 38 mins: Sexton puts up a high ball and Trimble comes charging through to try and claim it, but he can't hold on. England have the put-in at the scrum, and Farrell kicks away possession. Ireland return the favour and May sees the counter attack, charging across the pitch towards Nowell. England win the panelty for their efforts as Ireland come sin offside, and the crowd get behind England as they go for the corner when the kick is in range.
    2/22/2014 4:44:51 PM
  • 40 mins: Good ball for England, but Ireland halt the push before it gets going. Burrell looks to break, but he loses the ball and Ireland gather possession before kicking to touch. That'll be it for the half and the teams head in with the score 3-0 to England.
    2/22/2014 4:46:14 PM
  • Half-Time: A very tense affair that has been entertaining despite the scoreline saying otherwise. Both teams look very even, and the defence of both has seen the score limited so far. England should have scored through May's chance as he lost the ball in the act of grounding, but Trimble and Rob Kearney also missed the chance to score in the corner when they had two attempts in quick succession.
    2/22/2014 4:48:34 PM
  • Luther Burrell puts in a big hit on Rory Best


    2/22/2014 4:50:43 PM
  • 44 mins: England go for the line straight away after Twelvetrees takes the restart well. He offloads to Wood and in turn May who charges for the line. O'Mahony gets the tackle in through and Ireland win the turnover.
    2/22/2014 5:03:28 PM
  • 45 mins: Dave Kearney looks to have broken free but the pass is adjudged forward. However, Ireland win back-to-back penalties and they have a lineout deep in England's 22m.
    2/22/2014 5:06:20 PM
  • 48 mins: Ireland have another penalty after a strong drive, and they've definitely got their tails up.  This time Sexton elects to kick for goal to extend the lead...
    2/22/2014 5:07:44 PM
  • 49 mins: It's good. Sexton adds the three and Ireland now lead 10-3.
    2/22/2014 5:08:32 PM
  • 54 mins: England are knocking on the door as they batter the Irish defence. Care turns down a penalty to go quickly, but still Ireland hold out. England have another penalty and this time Farrell will kick for goal, but England need to take advantage of those chances as they wasted another overlap. Farrell converts and it's 10-6 to Ireland.
    2/22/2014 5:13:31 PM
  • 55 mins: An error from Sexton as he puts the ball straight out, as Vunipola emerges from the tunnel on crutches. A bad sight for England fans, not as much for the Welsh though.
    2/22/2014 5:14:42 PM
  • 56 mins: TRY FOR ENGLAND!!
    2/22/2014 5:15:25 PM
  • 56 mins: Morgan throws the ball into no-mans-land from a scrum, and Nowell does well to clean up and make ground. England recycle, and it's that man Brown that bursts through the line on a short ball. He sucks in Rob Kearney before popping the ball up for Danny Care to run in under the posts. Farrell cinverts and England are back in the lead 13-10.
    2/22/2014 5:16:55 PM
  • 59 mins: Ireland recover well as they earn the turnover at the ruck, and they'll have a scrum on the left of the pitch around halfway.
    2/22/2014 5:18:03 PM
  • 74 mins: May sweeps up Sexton's kick into the 22m, and he finds touch on halfway to try and wind the clock down further. More changes, as Rory Best is replaced by Sean Cronin, and Chris Henry is replaced by uncapped Jordi Murphy. What a time to be making your debut!
    2/22/2014 5:36:32 PM
  • 75 mins: O'Connell takes the throw and Ireland try to get a march on. That's forward from Murray though and England get the scrum. Tom Youngs enters the affray for Dylan Hartley.
    2/22/2014 5:37:31 PM
  • 76 mins: May breaks on the left of the scrum and chips ahead. He falls to the floor but Joubert isn't interested. Ireland look to break from their half, but D'Arcy is smashed by Twelvetrees and Farrell. 
    2/22/2014 5:38:52 PM
  • 78 mins: Brilliant work from Burrell. Facing an overlap. he waits for his time, before wrapping up McFadden and Morgan wins possession. Two minutes left...
    2/22/2014 5:40:38 PM
  • 79 mins: Launchbury is struggling ad Dave Kearney breaks, but the Wasps lock gets a tap tackle in and it halts the winger. Ireland are still coming, but the ball comes out the ruck and England pounce. May clears the ball and fins touch on the Irish 22m. Final minute...
    2/22/2014 5:42:41 PM
  • 80  mins: O'Driscoll leaves to a chorus of 'Swing Low', but Ireland win a penalty and they'll have one last chance. They have a lineout on their own 10m...
    2/22/2014 5:43:33 PM
  • 80 mins: England hold up the maul and that's it! ENGLAND WIN 13-10!
    2/22/2014 5:44:10 PM
  • Full-Time: A breathtaking game of rugby comes to an end with a Twickenham roar as England claim an enthralling victory.
    2/22/2014 5:45:56 PM
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