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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
  • Hello and welcome to out live coverage of today's crunch clash between England and Ireland at Twickenham. Before we get underway, let's bring you the teams...
    2/22/2014 3:22:33 PM
  • England: 15 Mike Brown; 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May; 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care; 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
    Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 George Ford, 23 Alex Goode

    Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney; 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Brian O'Driscoll, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Dave Kearney; 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray; 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Paul O’Connell (captain), 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
    Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Martin Moore, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Paddy Jackson, 23 Fergus McFadden
    2/22/2014 3:22:57 PM
  • One man has dominated the build-up to today's match - none other than Brian O'Driscoll:
    The celebrated Irish centre’s championship record on the old cabbage patch is nicely in credit, with three memorable victories between 2004 and 2010 to set against two heavy defeats in the early Noughties, and if things go badly wrong this time and another Grand Slam challenge goes up in smoke, he will at least finish the series on level par. Not that he gives a damn about statistics, vital or otherwise.
    To read more of Chris Hewett's tribute to the Irish centre, CLICK HERE.
    2/22/2014 3:29:15 PM
  • Is this Ireland's new centre partnership to take over from BOD and D'Arcy?


    2/22/2014 3:29:54 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
  • 'Ireland's Call' is followed by 'God Save The Queen' as both sets of fans belt out the anthems proudly. That's the pre-match proceedings over and done with. You know what comes next... 
    2/22/2014 3:59:37 PM
  • 1 mins: Owen Farrell kicks-off and the match is underway!
    2/22/2014 4:00:53 PM
  • 1 mins: Devin Toner takes the catch and is immediately held up. Good start for England an they'll have the scrum just outside the 22m.
    2/22/2014 4:01:34 PM
  • 2 mins: 1-0 to Healy and that's very worrying for England. Ireland smash their opponents in the first scrum and win the penalty.
    2/22/2014 4:02:22 PM
  • 3 mins: Clean ball off the lineout for Ireland, and O'Driscoll makes a half-break in midfield. Ireland go wide but are pushed into touch. Robshaw takes the quick lineout and Care clears with a neat box kick.
    2/22/2014 4:03:21 PM
  • 4 mins: A lovely take by Brown as he catches O'Driscoll's fly-hack by instinct alone as he slips to the ground. A bit of aerial ping-pong so far, but England are on the edge of the 22m and on the attack.
    2/22/2014 4:04:37 PM
  • 6 mins: TRY FOR ENGLAND!
    2/22/2014 4:06:37 PM
  • 6 mins: Or is it? We go to the video official and it might have been hit out of May's hand...
    2/22/2014 4:07:41 PM
  • 6 mins: NO TRY!  Brilliant last-gasp defence from Ireland sees Jonny May have the ball knocked from his hand as he attempts to ground it. We'll restart with an Ireland 5m scrum.
    2/22/2014 4:08:34 PM
  • 8 mins: Nowell takes the clearance kick well under pressure from Dave Kearney, before making 15m up the right. England come left, but Twelvetrees knocks on as he fails to take Farrell's pass.
    2/22/2014 4:09:50 PM
  • 9 mins: England's scrum is much better and Care and Wood trap Heaslip at the base. Sexton makes the clearance kick to the Irish 10m.
    2/22/2014 4:10:49 PM
  • 10 mins: Hartley goes to Wood at the tail of the lineout, but he's pinged for holding on and Sexton kicks to the corner.
    2/22/2014 4:11:49 PM
  • 11 mins: Ireland comes right, and Rob Kearney puts in a chip into the corner, but Brown watches it go dead and England will have the 22m dropout.
    2/22/2014 4:12:54 PM
  • 12 mins: Brown's looking threatening once again, as he runs onto a lose ball before evading the Irish defence. England pressure Dave Kearney, but hes up to the task. Sexton tests Brown in returm, but the Quins man takes the catch and calls the mark. Promising signs of attacking play so far.
    2/22/2014 4:14:22 PM
  • 13 mins: Heaslip looks to go slightly high on Robshaw, but referee Joubert isn't interested and the number eight gets the turnover as well. The England captain is then penalised for not rolling away and Sexton will go to the corner again.
    2/22/2014 4:16:10 PM
  • 16 mins: Sexton's cross-field kick is taken by Trimble unopposed. He feeds Rob Kearney but he's hauled down just short. The same pair then come again, but Farrell is straight in and wins his side a penalty to relieve the pressure.
    2/22/2014 4:18:22 PM
  • 17 mins: That's one clear chance missed each, as May's missed grounding that cost England should have been punished their when both Trimble and Rob Kearney had chances to score.
    2/22/2014 4:19:07 PM
  • 18 mins: Penalty to England as Best doesn't roll away with Ireland trying to pull-off their famous pinch tackle. Farrell chips into the Irish 22m.
    2/22/2014 4:19:56 PM
  • 20 mins: It's starting to get fiesty, as England knock-on while attacking. Murray box-kicks clear as he is hit hard by Farrell, and Nowell drops the ball on the halfway. We'll take a look at that Farrell hit to see if it was late.
    2/22/2014 4:22:40 PM
  • 21 mins: 'The Fields of Athenry' rings out at Twickenham - a strange one that - as we see a replay of the Farrell hit. Joubert penalises Farrell for a late hit without using the arm.
    2/22/2014 4:23:52 PM
  • 22 mins: That's a brilliant response from Nowell. Having just dropped the ball, he's then turned by Sexton into the corner. The Exeter wing takes the ball and calls the mark as he heads into touch, and can clear the danger. Good play from the youngster.
    2/22/2014 4:25:17 PM
  • 23 mins: Penalty for England as Sexton doesn't roll away. Farrell finds touch near the Irish 10m, and the pack win another penalty when Lawes catches the ball and is taken out while in the air. Joubert marches to the 15m line in-field, and that interests Farrell as he'll take a pop at goal for the first points of the match...
    2/22/2014 4:26:50 PM
  • 24 mins: It's good! Farrell slots the penalty from all of 50m and England lead 3-0.
    2/22/2014 4:27:37 PM
  • 26 mins: Ireland have good ball off the lineout again, but when they look to spread it wide it's knocked on by Ross.
    2/22/2014 4:29:33 PM
  • 27 mins: Free kick to Ireland at the scrum as Wilson is guilty of pushing early, of 'hit and chase' as Joubert puts it. We'll have another scrum.
    2/22/2014 4:30:51 PM
  • 28 mins: Twelvetress puts in a big hit on O'Driscoll in midfield, but he passes well to keep the attack alive. Ross juggles the ball and is quickly hit by Marler, and England turn it over only for Wilson to drop the ball.
    2/22/2014 4:32:32 PM
  • 31 mins: Sloppy play from Ireland as the ball is passed behind everyone. Trimble sweeps up only to see an awful drop goal attempt roll along the ground and into Brown's awaiting hands. Play progresses up-field and O'Driscoll eventually calls for the mark.
    2/22/2014 4:35:45 PM
  • 33 mins: A forward pass in midfield gives England a scrum on the left of the pitch and they'll have options if they can secure the ball. Instead, they win a penalty as Ireland a guilty of wheeling, and Farrell will look to double the lead...
    2/22/2014 4:37:23 PM
  • 34 mins: Off the post!. Farrell's attempt hits the left upright and is touched dead by O'Driscoll for a 22m dropout.
    2/22/2014 4:38:30 PM
  • 36 mins: May makes good ground as he jinks through the Irish defence. England then come left and Nowell and Brown look to find a way through, only to see a lot of green jerseys in front of them. They hold Brown up and Ireland win the scrum when it's held up. Vunipola is down and looks in a lot of pain, and that'll be a massive blow for England as he looks to have twisted his ankle. Ben Morgan is ready to come on and Vunipola's work is done as the stretcher cart comes on. He's too tough for that though as the Saracens back-row gets up and limps off.
    2/22/2014 4:41:43 PM
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