Six Nations 2015: What do England need to score against France to win after Ireland win in Scotland?

Italy destroyed by Wales in 61-20 rout in Rome but Ireland thrash Scotland 40-10

Jack de Menezes
Saturday 21 March 2015 15:27
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Sean O'Brien scores for Ireland
Sean O'Brien scores for Ireland

Wales' incredible victory over Italy has put them in pole position to win a third Six Nations title in four years, with matters now down to Ireland and England to reply if they are to have any say in winning the championship.

Needing to pile the points on against Italy, Wales looked to be down and out at half-time as they led by just one point at 14-13, but an incredible turnaround saw them run in 47 points through tries from Liam Williams, Rhys Webb, Scott Williams, Sam Warburton and a George North 10-minute hat-trick.

However, Ireland came out of the blocks like a scolded cat, with tries from Paul O'Connell, Jaryd Payne and a brace from Sean O'Brien sending them top of the table and end any Welsh hopes.

The result means that the pressure is now on England to beat France, who had their hopes of winnin ghte title ended by Wales' victory.

The situation for England is that they need to beat France by 26 points to beat Ireland and end the four-year wait for Six Nations glory.

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