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Six Nations: Ireland 16-16 Wales

Murray scored Ireland's try Credit: PA

Johnny Sexton kicked a penalty six minutes from time to preserve injury-hit Ireland's unbeaten RBS 6 Nations home record under Joe Schmidt and stall Wales' stirring fightback.

A 16-16 draw - the first between Ireland and Wales since 1991 - meant that both sides' Grand Slam hopes floundered at the first hurdle, yet they played with such fearsome commitment and intensity to still suggest strong title ambitions.

Read a full match report and watch highlights on our dedicated Six Nations website.

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."

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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

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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.

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