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England win Calcutta Cup with powerful display in Scotland

Winning England captain Dylan Hartley poses with the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield. Credit: PA

England opened the Eddie Jones/Dylan Hartley era by emerging from a tricky RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield with a 15-9 victory founded on a dominant second-half performance.

Jones has had only two weeks to stamp his mark on England. On the evidence of today's match, his team has orders to attack from all areas of the pitch and take quick line-outs whenever viable.

However, after reaching the break 7-6 up, the team took a more conservative - or "pragmatic" in Jones' words - after the interval.

Though they were never able to stretch clear, a second try by Jack Nowell and an increasingly dominant set piece ensured they always had their noses in front.

We wanted to play some positive rugby, the attitude was to try to move the ball, but we were a bit off our game. It became a set-piece, defence game and we excelled in that and in the second half I thought we were commanding.

– Eddie Jones

Team captain Dylan Hartley added: “We stuck at it and when it mattered we got some dividends."


Ireland name Best as Six Nations captain

Ireland's new captain Rory Best. Credit: PA

Rory Best will captain Ireland for the Six Nations with uncapped quartet CJ Stander, Stuart McCloskey, Ultan Dillane and Josh van der Flier the 35-man squad's newcomers.

Ulster skipper Best takes Ireland's captaincy from legend Paul O'Connell, who retired from Test rugby after the 2015 World Cup.

Check out ITV's Six Nations website for the full story


Police probe 'homopohic tweets' directed at referee

Police are investigating alleged homphobic abuse directed at Owens. Credit: Reuters

Police have launched an investigation into alleged homophobic remarks on Twitter which were directed towards rugby referee Nigel Owens, they said. The comments were posted after he refereed the England v France international at Twickenham yesterday, Dyfed-Powys Police said.

The force said in a statement: "This follows a number of complaints made by members of the public. The tweet concerned has now been removed from the page. The investigation is at an early stage."

England scored seven tries in beating France 55-35 in a dramatic contest, but were unable to overturn a pre-match 26-point deficit as Ireland clinched the Six Nations title on points difference.

England Six Nations title hopes in the balance

Ben Youngs scored two first half tries. Credit: PA

England lead France at 27-15 at the interval in a match they must win by 26 points to deny Ireland successive Six Nations titles.

Ben Youngs had provided the home side with an ideal start at Twickenham, running over for a try within two minutes which was converted by George Ford.

But the French hit back with two of their own, the first from Sebastien Tillous-Bord and another thanks to Noa Nakaitaci three minutes later during a torrid 15 minute spell for England.

Anthony Watson restored parity as the impressive Ford drove France back, and it was the fly-half himself who converted the resulting kick from the touchline to nudge Stuart Lancaster's side back in front.

Ben Youngs touched down for the fifth try of the first-half, as the English turned defence into attack in a matter of seconds thanks to a brilliant run from Mike Brown.

Ford converted another penalty at the death to set up an intriguing second period where England must must extend their lead by another 14 points to lift the title.

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