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Ireland v England - Live
Ireland 6-12 England
80 Cronin's throw isn't great and England steal it. Penalty to England. Youngs kicks it out. That's the game! England win 12-6 and are on course for the Grand Slam. France visit Twickenham next while Ireland go to Murrayfeild. Thanks for joining us, cheers!
78 Twice the scrum turns as England advance and twice it is reset...the clock is running down. Penalty to Ireland! Last throw of the dice as O'Gara finds touch inside his own half.
76 What are you doing ROG? O'Gara throws a quick pass to a prop inside his 22 ...and the result is predictable. England have a scrum right in front of the posts, 10m out.
75 Farrell MISSES!!! Ireland are still alive with 5 minutes to play.
73 Ireland's most dangerous weapon has been the rolling maul and they use it well again. Gilroy kicks ahead, but it goes too far and Goode has plenty of time to reply. ROG is nailed by Ashton as he receives it and hangs on. Penalty!
71 Hartley concedes a penalty for coming in from the side but O'Gara MISSES!
68 Haskell is back for England. Ireland win a penalty for obstruction at the line-out. Sexton sends it into touch.
66 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL. 6-12. Farrell doubles the lead. England have scored six points with a man down. The bad news for the hosts however is that Lawes is looking shaky after taking a knock to the head. It looked like he was out cold - not sure he should still be on the park.
64 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL. 6-9. Good decision from Robshaw. Good kick from Farrell. England are back in front
62 Oh! Tuilagi comes within inches of scoring but can't collect Youngs' clever chip over the top into the in-goal area..huge let off for Ireland. The ref comes back for a penalty against Best though.
60 Ashton and Brown come charging down on Kearney who is pinned in the corner just in front of his tryline after a kick ahead from Farrell. Smart thinking from the full-back who stretches out an arm into touch rather than give away the penalty for not releasing.
58 PENALTY, IRELAND. O'GARA. 6-6. Game on!
57 YELLOW CARD, ENGLAND, HASKELL. Very harsh call on the England flank, who is sent to the bin for kicking the ball away from an offside position. Was his kick intentional? The replay isn't conclusive...
55 A nightmare scenario is playing out here as O'Driscoll has an ankle injury. Earls is already on so the hosts don't have another replacement. BOD will play on, but he's clearly hobbling.
53 Great box kick from Murray behind Goode and into touch in the English 22. Hartley finds Lawes in the air though and Ben Youngs can relieve the pressure.
51 Massive let off for Ireland after BOD spills the ball but Tuilagi can't collect it cleanly with the try-line begging. Dylan Hartley comes on for Tom Youngs.
49 Another injury worry for Ireland. Sean O'Brien not looking good but the crowd roars as he gets to his feet. The home fans are finding their voice as the their team starts to get on top here.
47 Momentum has swung in Ireland's favour. ROG doing a good job of pinning the English back and the home line-out is competing well. Tuilagi and Lawes come on for Twelvetrees and Launchbury.
45 PENALTY, IRELAND, O'GARA. 3-6. Ireland win a penalty at scrum time. Cole penalised for going down. RoG doesn't miss those.
43 Parling drops the wet ball. It's not a good day for ball handling. Sexton sends play back to the English half.
Second half O'Gara kicks off the second half. Heaslip coughs up another penalty for not rolling away and Farrell can give England field position.
Ireland 0-6 England
40 Farrelll misses with a long-range penalty to close the half after ROG is caught in possession by the speeding English defence. Farrell's longest kick of the day is just wide. That's it for the first half. A decent show so far. The English scrum could hold the key to the result. We'll be back in ten!
39 A penalty to Ireland in their own 22 for not releasing. Robshaw is furious, claiming that BOD wasn't rolling away. ROG clears...
37 More biffo! Healy at the origin again with an elbow to Robshaw's head. The ref speaks to both skippers, and Healy, but once again there is no sanction.
36 Another penalty against the Irish scrum. Farrell sets up the attacking line-out on the Irish 22. This is a crucial time just before the interval.
34 Very brave by Goode to go down and secure possession with Earls bearing down on him and throwing a boot at the ball. A great kick from Ben Youngs relieves a bit of pressure for England. Half time is approaching and we have yet to have a clear try-scoring opportunity.
32 A worry now for Ireland as Sexton looks to have a done a hamstring. His game is over. Ronan O'Gara comes on.Cometh the hour, cometh ROG! So Ireland have lost Zebo and Sexton before half-time.
29 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL. 0-6. Farrell finds the mark again after Heaslip is penalised for coming into a maul from the side. It's a harsh call, but the points are scored nevertheless.
25 BOD sets up Kearney and Earls to break down the left touchline. They combine well to take play into the English 22 before there's knock-on on the deck. A bit of kicking dominates the next few moments. Handling is quite difficult in these conditions. Still just three points in it.
23 The Irish front row pops up under pressure at a scrum. Farrell sets up the line-out inside the Irish 22 but Wood knocks on in the air.
21 It's been a quality game so far. Nothing to choose between the sides. Looks like Dan Cole is struggling with an ankle injury (after being stamped). Ireland have it on the England 10m line but the English defence is very well organised and committed.
19 Ireland flood the breakdown with numbers and win the penalty! Sexton sets up the line-out which Heaslip takes at the back. Sexton kicks for the corner but Goode is back there and replies to find touch.
16 A bit of aerial ping-pong now. Brown plucks it out of the air in the middle of a gaggle of players. More kicking before Gilroy comes in from the side at a ruck. Farrell sets up a line-out. 30m from the Irish line.
14 There's no one on the blindside wing and Earls bursts clear with his first touch of the ball to take play to halfway. A big fight kicks off after Healy stamps on an England player stuck in a ruck. The ref has a word with the captains but does not sanction the Irish prop. Will he be cited?
12 Injury blow for Ireland as Zebo is forced off. Earls comes on. England plying the pressure in the Irish 22 but Goode's pass to Ashton finds nothing but air - it's a let off for Ireland.
10 Ireland are hammering away in the English 22 but progress is slow. Great defence from England who withstand 10-odd phases of pressure. A muddle between D'Arcy and Zebo allows Ashton to hack it ahead! It's a foot race into the Irish 22...the hosts must scramble back.
7 Best's line-out throw is a bit wayward so Launchbury can knock it down on the England side. A few phases later Murray charges Farrell down. Another penalty to Ireland and Sexton set up another line-out.
5 Ireland under a bit of pressure at the first scrum but they stand their ground. Kearney takes a high ball well before England concede a penalty for not releasing. Sexton finds touch in the England half.
3 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL. 0-3. Straight down the middle. First blood to the visitors.
2 Impressive start from England, looking to keep possession. Heaslip coughs up the first penalty for not rolling away. Farrell will have a crack form about 40m.
Kick off Here we go! Owen Farrell kicks us off. It's goes long and Zebo collects deep in his 22. Conor Murray clears and England will look to attack from the about halfway.
Bad news: It's wet. It's not chucking down, but there's a steady drizzle...welcome to Dublin!
Anthems The teams are out on the pitch for the anthems. Please stand!
Match facts Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll will make their 50th Test appearance as a centre combination. Ireland have won 73% of their Six Nations matches when Brian O'Driscoll has started and only 45% of their matches without him!
Match facts England have not in Dublin since the Grand Slam campaign of 2003....but they have won their last seven matches played on a Sunday!
Match facts Ireland and England have played 126 times since the first meeting between the two countries in 1875. England lead the series 72-46 with 8 draws.
Team news England coach Stuart Lancaster has named Wasps flanker James Haskell in his starting XV. Haskell has been selected at blindside flanker in a reshuffled back row, with Tom Wood switching to number eight in place of the injured Ben Morgan. Manu Tuilagi returns from an ankle injury on the replacements bench.
Team news Ireland coach Declan Kidney has named an unchanged line-up, retaining the same 23 player that beat Wales last week.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Lansdowne Road for our coverage of what many are already calling the Six Nations title decider. That's probably premature talk but today's winners will certainly be in pole position in the race for the crown. Kick-off is at 15.00 GMT.
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