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Six Nations Review: England Dominate France at Twickenham

England 44 – 8 France

Twickenham Stadium, 10th February 2019

Scoring a try just six seconds over the one-minute mark was a good sign of things to come for England as they hosted France at Twickenham.  In this Rugby World Cup year, performances like this at the Six Nations can be hugely promising.

The try in question came via Jonny May who chased down a kick from Elliot Daly and came down on the ball just inside the touchline.  Owen Farrell’s conversion attempt narrowly missed the target – and despite the early lead, this failure to kick between the posts caused a drop in the smile of Eddie Jones.

Farrell succeeded in his chance to regain lost points when minutes later French hooker Guilhem Guirado gave away a penalty for not rolling away, leaving the English captain a 35-yarder from straight in front of the posts.  It’s the seventh minute of the match and the eighth point for England.

France put a reminder in to not discount them – with Parra scoring moments later, again by way of penalty which went in perfectly halfway between the posts.  Yet another penalty in a row was scored, Farrell taking it again ensuring that from here on out, it was England’s game.

Going forward with devastating pressure from a lineout, England started to batter through France’s defence in the 24th minute.  With little ground left to cover, the French team were desperate not to concede again, but Farrell had other ideas, whipping the ball out to the left for May to catch again, who powered home on the last few yards.

May seemed desperate for the hat-trick, and following the commotion of a France knock-on claimed his third of the day.  Farrell made his second conversion, and it made it look easy as he effortlessly took the shot.

A last minute try from Henry Slade sealed the first half at 28-8 for England.  France ended the half looking desperate for anything they can get, resulting in openings being left and mistakes being made.  England yet again utilising the forward kicking meta game to advance and remained tight in the defence whenever France took the ball.

France fullback Huget took one too many knocks in the first half and was pulled by the team doctors after failing a head injury assessment during the break.  Thomas Ramos fills his boots from the 41st minute onwards.

France were instantly put on their heels in the second half and stayed on the back foot for most of the duration.  After a long run and break from England, Ashton was high-tackled by France’s Fickou just off the try line, resulting in a penalty try being awarded by the referee.  Giving England this penalty try was about the closest the French got to scoring themselves in the second half, with a dominant showing from the men in white.

Five minutes later, the referee uses TMO to halt the French protesting over captain Owen Farrell’s touch down on the right hand side.  The Saracens man converted his own try, taking his personal points tally to sixteen.

France started to gain some creativity points later on in the second half.  A few cheeky runs towards the England end we taken, featuring close slips around some of the forwards, but each advance was ultimately stopped by the English grit.  The might of Eddie Jones’s high expectations and erratic behaviour on the touchline only served to spur the team on as complacency peered around the corner.

Courtney Lawes seemingly took control of the game for a few minutes, with a whole host of smashes against the advancing Frenchmen and then returning fire as he lead the way back into their half of the pitch.

The game ended 44-8 – a devastating blow to France’s hopes in the Six Nations, but a fantastic five points for England, picking up the bonus point for a three-try lead over their opponents.

What did the Managers think?

Farrell and Slade take top praise in this match from the boss Eddie Jones and fans alike, and the pace-driving kicks of Ben Young deserve a special mention here too.

Jones’s focus on improving England’s team unity over looking at the French side paid off.  After calling them “an interesting side to play against,” the coach was full of their praises as an unpredictable, creative side and one that’s “full of talent.”

His opposite number at the helm of the French bench, Jacques Brunel was similarly praising of the England side he’d just faced.  Speaking to press after the game, Brunel spoke of a side who “always impose their power” in defence and on the front foot, too.  Recognising that England had seen the better of pre-tournament favourites Ireland and then relentlessly dominated France the coach said “they have found their form… I was very impressed with their performance. They dominated most of the game.”

England v France, Six Nations: The Line-ups:

England:

Backs:
15 Elliot Daly, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (capt), 9 Ben Youngs

Forwards:
1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 George Kruis, 6 Mark Wilson
7 Tom Curry, 8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements:
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Dan Robson, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell

 

France:

Backs:
15 Yoann Huget, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Morgan Parra

Forwards:
1 Jefferson Poirot, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 3 Demba Bamba, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 5 Felix Lambey, 6 Yacouba Camara, 7 Arthur Iturria, 8 Louis Picamoles

Replacements: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Paul Willemse, 20 Gregory Alldritt, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Romain Ntamack, 23 Thomas Ramos

 

Wales v England Preview – Principality Stadium, Saturday 23rd February 2019

England finished at 44-8, their biggest victory over France in a century, and an impressive follow-up to their 32-20 victory over grand-slam champions Ireland.  Similarly, Wales won their 11th test on the trot in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to equal their national record of 100 years.  Two teams are about to collide, and both look to be on top form.

The clash features the only two unbeaten teams in the tournament, and will undoubtedly be one of the key moments in deciding the competition winner.  England look to be on the warpath in this World Cup year, but Wales have beaten France and Italy back-to-back to see themselves in a narrow second place in the points table.

Despite England seeming the more dominant side in the matches so far, we haven’t had a chance to compare them like-for-like and Eddie Jones is taking no chances.  “We’re playing the greatest Welsh side ever,” he said, “we’re going to have to be at our absolute best. Preparation starts on Wednesday.”

Jones remarks on the knowledge and experience of Wales head coach Warren Gatland, who he sees as a formidable force who has “been at the top of the tree in European rugby for the last 15 years.”

Despite the compliments, they seemed somewhat charged, with Jones reminding press of the comments made by Gatland last summer that the two teams were nowhere near each other in ability.

Gatland didn’t shy away from his low expectations of England prior to the tournament.  He acknowledged that he thought “the decider might come down to that last game with Ireland,” and that he predicts Wales will see “no lack of motivation. It will be electric.”

No one can truly predict what will happen at the Principality Stadium.  All we know is that one of these sides will be almost certain to win both the Triple Crown and the Grand Slam come the end of the Six Nations.


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Six Nations Review: England Secure Victory Against Ireland

Having claimed a dominant victory against an Ireland who have beaten every other top national rugby team in the past year and a half, Eddie Jones’s England side look unstoppable.  Will they take the Six Nations Championship Trophy back to Twickenham?

Six Nations Clash: Ireland 20 – 32 England

Spending most of the rugby game on the front foot, tactical mastermind Jones orchestrated one of the most exciting shut-downs in recent years.  Ireland were still looking strong and powerful throughout, and never let their nullified attacks slow their pace, but were struggling to get past an aggressive England defensive line at the Aviva Stadium.

Owen Farrell took the honours of opening the game, and the Six Nations, and within moments England had broken through their host’s defence and Jonny May placed the ball on the try line at the edge of the pitch.  This was England’s first try in Dublin since 2011, signifying a change in early direction to the previous two meetings between the nations which both saw Irish victories.

Ireland took three points back with a Johnny Sexton penalty.  They then took the lead at twenty-four minutes with a converted try from Cian Healy and another Sexton kick.  England seemed frustrated by this loss of the lead and followed up with another ten points before half time.

Elliot Daly set up the try with a quick kick, chased down by Ireland’s Stockdale but fumbled and quickly reclaimed by Nowell.  Daly finished off the move he started, diving for the ball in the try zone at the thirty-minute mark.

It took fifteen minutes in the second half for the Irish to start trying to reclaim lost ground on the scorecard, claiming a penalty after a high tackle on Ringrose.  It went over taking the hosts to 13-17.  It was raw aggression from the English in their defence that was as much their downfall as it was their saviour.  Tuilagi and Sinckler were workhorses ensuring that the Irish offence couldn’t break through, as England held tight.

A break from a scrum just inside their own half all but ensured the English victory in their opening Six Nations match.  The ball made its way out to May on the touchline, who kicked it forwards.  Henry Slade chased it down and touched it down to bring England nine points into the lead.  A missed conversion by Farrell was soon made up for by an on-target penalty which just about reached over the cross bar after a thunderous kick from the halfway line.

Henry Slade racked up his second try of the day, and the fourth of his England career with minutes to spare in the game.  The young fly-half pounced on a sloppy Irish pass just yards away from the try line, and al but crawled over the line to bring England to 32 after the conversion.

With just a minute to go before the 80th, Ireland were still pushing forward and refusing to give in before the final whistle.  At the 79th minute scrum-half Cooney scores and a conversion moment later brought the score to Ireland 20, England 32.

 

Ireland v England, Six Nations: Tactical and Highly Intense

This was a hugely memorable contest between two of the best national teams in the world today.  High-intensity offence and defence from both nations throughout the game treated fans at the Aviva Stadium to a glimpse of what is to come in one of the most anticipated Six Nations in years.

England took control of much of the game, delighting the fans with endless pressure against the Irish line and promising the English rugby fans who made their way over the Irish Sea much more to come from them in the rest of the tournament.

While the Irish proved they’re a world-class test team, they simply were a step behind England for much of the game.  Eddie Jones’s tactical wizardry secured a victory, with a huge emphasis on the classic ’10-man’ kick-and-chase style of play.

Few pundits saw this final result coming – the Irish were favourites to win long before either team sheet was even considered.  Being caught off guard against a strong English side set them on the back foot early, and they struggled to regain control of the momentum until England really stopped trying to score with minutes to spare at the end.  The performance from England was truly terrific, and no man in the team seemed to be lagging in any department.

The aggressive defending which won England the game could have lost it for them, too.  They were lucky to have only given away twice the penalties that Ireland did, and could have easily seen many more points rack up against them.

Ireland looked most on top of the game when Tom Curry was sin-binned in the first half for a late tackle on Keith Earls, taking up some ground on the 14-man England.  Credit is due to every man in green on the pitch – despite taking a mashing in their own territory, there was never a moment when they seemed despondent or lacking in the motivation department.

Last year’s Grand Slam champs are still considered likely to do well in the Six Nations 2019, and will be wanting to prove themselves worthy in their upcoming games, especially in the Celtic clash with Scotland this weekend in Edinburgh.

 

What does this mean for the rest of the Six Nations?

England now shift ahead of Ireland in the bookies’ predictions, now coming in at 7/2 over Ireland’s 7/1.  Wales and Scotland are 6/1 and 11/1 respectively, with France pitched as low as 100/1 and Italy given 5000/1 by one bookmaker at time of writing, though most have them between 500/1 and 1000/1.

It’s all to play for still.  While one good showing against Ireland is a promising sight for English rugby fans, in the Six Nations anything can happen.  Eddie Jones still has to take his men to the Principality Stadium and host France, Italy and Scotland at Twickenham – and any one of these games could be a tournament-changing upset.

Ireland are still a strong side and one less-than-anticipated performance shouldn’t knock them back too hard.  Coming from their Grand Slam victory of 2018 they are still strong contenders in the competition.  England vs Ireland was always going to be the toughest match of the tournament, so they’ll have plenty more chances in the coming weeks.


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Six Nations: England Squad Announced for Opening Fixture

England head coach Eddie Jones has today revealed his retained 25 player list ahead of England’s first NatWest 6 Nations match against Italy. The exciting opening fixture, set to be staged in Rome on Sunday 4th February, could represent a wonderful opportunity for several youngsters to enter the fold with Sam Simmonds, Alec Hepburn and Sam Underhill, in particular, likely to showcase their talents on the International stage.

It has by no means been an easy ride for Eddie Jones’ men ahead of the Six Nations opener, with injuries to high-profile players causing the head coach to make drastic changes to their training schedule in Portugal.

The England boss will be delighted, however, to welcome back Messrs Brown, Nowell and Robshaw, who have all recovered in time for selection ahead of the starting XV announcement tomorrow.

The retained 25 man list can be seen below:


Backs

Full backs
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Nathan Earle (Saracens)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

Inside backs
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)


Forwards

Back five
Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) *
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Front row
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs) *
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

*Uncapped Players


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Six Nations: England Handed Injury Boost Ahead of Italy Clash

England have been given a welcome injury boost ahead of their opening Six Nations clash with Italy after key players Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Jack Nowell returned to the fold this week.

Head coach, Eddie Jones, was delighted to see the three players training ahead of schedule as he continues to step up his side’s preparations for the trip to Rome on February 4th.

‘Both Robshaw and Brown had a great week’s recovery in Portugal, and both are fit to return to fill training today’, Jones stated.

‘All things being equal they will be in the matchday 23.’

Former England Captain, Robshaw had been temporarily sidelined with a back complaint whilst full-back Brown has been nursing an eye injury.

Meanwhile, Nowell has made a shock recovery from an ankle problem, which had initially threatened to rule him out for the next few weeks at the very least. Now in line to face the Azzurri, the 24-year-old could play in the centre for Eddie Jones’ men.

‘Jack Nowell has made a miraculous recovery from injury, and he will be fit to be in contention for selection,’ said Jones.

England boast a faultless record against Italy, and Head Coach Jones is adamant that his side begin their title defence in dominant fashion. They overcame their opponents comfortably in the reverse fixture at Twickenham last year, coming out 36-15 winners with tries from Dan Cole, Elliot Daly and Ben Te’o among others.

‘The way Italy are talking, they are full of confidence, and we are looking forward to playing our strongest team against them,’ Jones stated.

The game should certainly make for an exciting spectacle and fans will be keen to see their reigning champions kick off their campaign in convincing style. With fixtures against Wales and Ireland to look forward to at Twickenham, there will certainly be much for England fans to relish.

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(Quotes taken from BBC)

Six Nations 2018: Injury-hit England undergo drastic training schedule change

England’s training schedule ahead of the hotly anticipated NatWest Six Nations has been ‘changed considerably’ according to Head Coach, Eddie Jones.

The adjustments were made following a string of injury concerns to some of the squad’s key players.

Jones’ side, who are currently training in Portugal, are now undergoing a ‘mini pre-season’ schedule with no rugby being played until Thursday at the earliest.

‘It’s in the hope it makes the players a bit fresher,’ Jones explained, adding, ‘It’s how they respond [to the fatigue], and the mental part of the game is important.’

England face Italy on Sunday 4th February in Rome, and have already announced their squad for the opening Six Nations fixture, but this may be amended, following any fresh injury concerns.

There are currently doubts over a number of players’ fitness ahead of the game, with centre Harry Slade and prop Kyle Sinckler already being ruled out thanks to respective shoulder and hamstring injuries.

Jones reports that it could be ‘three or four weeks’ before Slade returns to the frame whilst it is looking like a minimum of ‘six to eight’ weeks for Sinckler.

Eddie Jones - England Squad - Six Nations 2018

Eddie Jones will be without a number of experienced players ahead of England’s opening Six Nations fixture with Italy.

It will also be a race against time for Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw as they attempt to regain fitness ahead of the Azzuri clash. Full-back Brown is currently absent with an eye injury whilst flanker Robshaw is suffering with a back problem.

‘We think they will both be alright – Robshaw might be a bit more touch and go’, Jones added.

England have only a handful of rookie back-row forwards to choose from now, thanks to the aforementioned Robshaw and Maro Itoje nursing minor injuries.

Jones, who observed the back-rowers in camp on Tuesday, posits that only Gary Graham, Sam Simmonds, Zach Mercer and Nick Isiekwe are available as it stands.

He added: ‘The most capped player out of those guys is Nick Isiekwe – he’s 19. He’s failed his driving test five times. So he can’t drive anywhere, and he’s out most experienced player.’

The England Head Coach hopes to welcome Chris Robshaw back in time for the opening Six Nations fixture, but also believes that with the unfortunate injury-stricken period, comes a great opportunity to bed in the less experienced players.

It will certainly make for exciting viewing in February!

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Six Nations: England Squad Announced For Opening Match Against Italy

Excitement for the NatWest Six Nations continues to rise as Head Coach Eddie Jones announces his England squad to face Italy on Sunday 4th February. The hotly anticipated fixture, staged in Rome, is England’s opening game of the tournament, with games against Wales and Ireland at Twickenham set to follow swiftly afterwards.

Following the weekend’s club fixtures, thirty-five players will travel to a Portugal training camp for a week’s worth of vigorous preparation before they reconvene on Monday 29th January at Pennyhill Park ahead of the tournament opener.

The squad selection sees eight uncapped players feature whilst 898 caps are shared among the remaining 27 players.

Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) is retained having already been involved in the England set-up for the first time earlier in January whilst Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs) receives his first call-up to the senior squad.

Twenty-one year old Harlequins prop, Lewis Boyce, also receives his first senior call-up following the six-week suspension of club teammate, Joe Marler. The 2016 Rugby U20 Championship winner is enjoying his first season at the west London club having signed from Yorkshire Carnegie in March.

Outside backs Harry Mallinder (Northampton Saints) and Nathan Earle (Saracens), who travelled on England’s tour of Argentina but did not receive caps, are also named in the squad.

Head Coach Eddie Jones is confident ahead of England’s Six Nations opener, saying: “I have selected the strongest available squad to prepare for our opening match against Italy.

“I am expecting a really positive training camp in Portugal and while we have a few players unavailable through injury or suspension, it has provided opportunity for others who will be desperate to be involved in the Italy game.”

Jones will be without England’s influential number eight, Billy Vunipola, who is set to miss the tournament all together with a fractured forearm. The 25-year-old was forced off at half-time in Saracens’ 15-15 draw with Ospreys in the European Champions Cup.

Experienced flanker, James Haskell, is also set miss out on England’s first two Six Nations fixtures after receiving a four-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Jamie Roberts during Wasps’ European Champions Cup defeat to Harlequins on Saturday.

England and Harlequins’ prop, Joe Marler, similarly will be unavailable for the two opening games thanks to a six-week suspension. He will miss the opening match with Italy on Sunday 4th February as well as England’s home fixture against Wales at Twickenham.

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England Fall Short Of Grand Slam Glory In Dublin

No Grand Slam, no Triple Crown – it was mission too far for England in Dublin. Eddie Jones first defeat as manager of England.

England have to share the record of 18 consecutive victories with New Zealand. Yes, there was a lot on the line in Dublin and this time England could not pull it out of the fire with their strong substitutes bench, ultimately going down 13-9.

They had of course already won the Six Nations Championship but that will be scant consolation to them.

Record runs have to end somewhere, but England will know they could and should have played much better.

Something of a bad day at the office. On St Patrick’s Day, the Irish players and the crowd were up for it.

Backs against the wall with Conor Murray, Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney all out injured, you would never have known that it was the men in green with the eleventh hour changes.

A magnificent effort from Ireland. They were supreme. Johnny Sexton took tackle after tackle from big English forwards including hits which were on the edge of lateness.

Sean O’Brien and Iain Henderson were excellent, so were Tadhg Furlong and Peter O’Mahony. All Ireland in the first half as they dominated possession.

A difficult day for flowing rugby – greasy condition which saw both sides making mistakes. Constant errors disrupted England.

An early exchange of penalties was the prelude to an Irish try, with Henderson forcing his way over from close in. England’s poorest 40 minutes this Six Nations.

Half time ended 10-3.

Lots of effort in the second period, England improved but not by enough. England won the penalty kicking 2-1 but they never ultimately deserved to overcome. They had ridden their luck in the Six Nations against the likes of Wales and France but the Irish had no intention of letting them off the hook.

The conditions fell into the Irish lap, making it a forward dominated encounter. No flowing, handling rugby here.

Jonathan Joseph, England’s hat-trick hero against Scotland, never got a sniff. Jones lamented: “We struggled in the line-out, struggled at the breakdown. That makes it hard to win.”

Ireland beat the All Blacks in Chicago and now they have overturned England.

Both terrific achievements.

From here, we must begin to think towards the Lions in New Zealand this summer – it will be a difficult selection process.

There are enough talented players in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland to surely ensure it will be anything but a foregone conclusion.

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England Recall Vunipola & Watson For Grand Slam Clash With Ireland

Eddie Jones has recalled Billy Vunipola and Anthony Watson to his starting XV for England’s Grand Slam clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

England head to Dublin knowing that history beckons on not one but two fronts. Victory over Joe Schmidt’s side would see England break New Zealand’s record for consecutive Test Match victories (18) and they would also become the first side to win back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slams.

England produced their most clinical display under Jones in round four as they scored seven superb tries beating Scotland 61-21 at Twickenham. Both Watson and Vunipola made try scoring returns from the bench on that afternoon and now return to the starting line-up.

Vunipola replaces Nathan Hughes at number eight, completing a remarkable recovery from a knee injury which looked set to keep him out of the entire tournament. However through hard work and determination the world’s leading number eight returns to the field.

Watson is another who entered the competition with injury worries, but he too has made a speedy recovery and brings a lethal finishing edge to the English back-three.

On the other wing Elliot Daly retains his place, despite playing just 10-minutes against Scotland after a head injury, but the flying Wasps star has passed the required tests to play the game.

The midfield axis of George Ford, Owen Farrell and Jonathan Joseph will once again be crucial to England’s chances and the trio will be looking for a similar performance to the one they produced against Scotland.

While Tom Wood will win his 50th England cap should he be required from the bench.

England ready for “huge opportunity” says Jones

Ahead of the game Jones said: “We’re very excited ahead of a huge opportunity. It’s going to be quite an occasion in Dublin so we understand we have to be prepared emotionally, physically and mentally.

“Ireland not having anything to play for means they have the courage to fail which frees them up mentally.

“We are a little bit vulnerable because we have already been crowned the Six Nations champions and we had a big win against Scotland, so for us it’s getting the right mind-set for the game.”

This is going to be a cracking game!

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England v Scotland Six Nations Report & Hospitality Review

It started off a rout and it ended up a rout – England put Scotland to the sword in the most ruthless display of the Eddie Jones era, as they equalled the All Blacks record of 18 consecutive Test victories.

With the Six Nations title secured, England head to Dublin, looking to become the first side to win back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slams.

It began badly for Scotland with Fraser Brown sent to the sin-bin for lifting Elliot Daly above the horizontal in the tackle. He was lucky – it should have been red.

Indeed, so decisive was the 61-21 outcome it is hard to see how the Scots will get more than a possible four members of the Lions party to New Zealand – Stuart Hogg, forced off early, maybe the Gray brothers and perhaps double try scorer Huw Jones.

But one person who surely sealed his place on the trip was Jonathan Joseph who was just scintillating, cutting the Scots to ribbons in the centre.

Three beautiful tries – scores you can rest a career on. Except Joseph is just 25. England’s other hitmen were Anthony Watson, Billy Vunipola and two from late substitute Danny Care.

Gordon Reid scored Scotland’s opener when they were already 20 points down.

Owen Farrell kicked 26 points – the Lions will be massively formidable with the boot given the talents of Farrell and Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny. It was England’s highest score in the oldest of international fixtures and equalled their biggest winning margin against Scotland as the Calcutta Cup remained south of the border.

So England retained their Six Nations title with a game to spare and will complete the Grand Slam and Triple Crown if they can beat Ireland in Dublin.

That is a big ask given how well Ireland play at home, an excellent side even if they somehow contrived to lose to Wales on the Friday night.

If England can overturn Ireland, they will have a world record 19 consecutive Test wins in the bag, one more than New Zealand have achieved.

That run does not include the All Blacks and it was the Irish who did just that in the autumn, so have to be hugely respected. The Irish will be up for it. They will exert every sinew in the attempt to avoid having their noses rubbed in the dirt.

For the England squad, immortality beckons. A great game is in prospect.

Scotland captain John Barclay said it all. “We just didn’t show up. We got off to a bad start and continued, our discipline was very poor and we gave away soft tries.

“You don’t win however many games in a row without being a good side so good luck to England. We are trying to move away from the tag of plucky losers but that wasn’t even that. We were useless.”

And, as the England forwards dominated their opponents, the England crowd belted out Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot.

A truly historic afternoon at Twickenham.

England v Scotland – Six Nations Twickenham Stoop Hospitality Reviews

Eventmasters VIP guests were treated to a superb afternoon of corporate hospitality inside the the Twickenham Stoop for England v Scotland. 

Ahead of the game guests were treated to fascinating insight into the game as Tim Stimpson (England & British Lions International) spoke with England full-back Ben Foden and former Scotland international Greig Tonks.

England v Scotland - Six Nations Hospitality

Tim Stimpson, Greig Tonks & Ben Foden all provided their opinions ahead of the game

Alongside this clients were treated to a sumptuous four-course dining experience, complimentary bar and the finest official RFU match tickets to enjoy the action as England secured a world record 18th consecutive victory.

Twickenham Stoop - VIP Hospitality

Guests enjoy VIP hospitality at the Twickenham Stoop

After the game our guests returned to the Twickenham Stoop facility and enjoyed wonderful post-match food and refreshments. The perfect way to end a historic afternoon of world-class international rugby.

This level of expertise makes the Twickenham Stoop hospitality packages the outstanding option for entertaining guests at England Internationals.

Autumn International Hospitality Now On Sale

As the Six Nations reaches its climax we turn our attention towards the 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals, Eventmasters will once again be providing the finest official England Rugby hospitality packages for these three great games – please follow the links below.

England v Argentina – Autumn Internationals

England v Australia – Autumn Internationals

England v Samoa – Autumn Internationals