World Cup warm-up: England v Ireland
England (22) 57
Tries: Cokanasiga 2, Daly, Tuilagi, Itoje, Kruis, Curry, Cowan-Dickie Cons: Farrell 6, Ford Pen: Farrell
Ireland (10) 15
Try: Larmour, Aki Con: Byrne Pen: Byrne

England produced a dominant performance as they continued their preparations for the World Cup by hammering Ireland.

’s side ran in eight tries at Twickenham to register their largest winning margin against the visitors.

Ireland crossed first through but Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly and Manu Tuilagi all scored as the hosts built a 12-point half-time lead.

England added further tries from , George Kruis, Tom Curry, Cokanasiga and .

Itoje capitalised on a loose Ireland line-out shortly after the break and the rampant hosts continued to increase their advantage as Kruis and Curry crossed in quick succession on a sweltering afternoon.

Cokanasiga’s converted second took the hosts to the 50-point mark as England, beaten by Wales in a lacklustre display last week, laid down a marker with less than a month to go before their World Cup opener against Tonga in Japan.

Ireland centre Bundee Aki finished a well-taken solo consolation try, but England replacement Cowan-Dickie dived over late on to complete the hosts’ win.

More to follow.


England: Daly; Cokanasiga, Tuilagi, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, M Vunipola, Cole, Lawes, Wilson, Heinz, Francis, Marchant.

Ireland: R Kearney; Larmour, Ringrose, Aki, Stockdale; R Byrne, Murray; Healy, Best, Furlong, Henderson, Kleyn; O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Stander.

Replacements: Cronin, J McGrath, Porter, Toner, Beirne, L McGrath, Carty, Conway.


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