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Live Reporting

Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Keith Wood declares Ireland "deliriously happy" with the result and hints at celebrations to come.

    Which feels like an appropriate way to bring our coverage to a close.

    Heady days under Joe Schmidt for the boys in green.

    If they win against Wales in two weeks' time, their sights will very quickly switch from the Six Nations to the little gold fella up for grabs in the autumn.

    Bye for now.

  2. Post update

    Keith Wood

    Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

    "Is this game a benchmark for the World Cup if these two teams met? I don't think so. England will be radically different in six months time. It's when you lose that you have to change.

    "Ireland aren't even thinking about the World Cup at this stage because they've won and they're thinking about winning the championship."

  3. Post update

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "I hope England don't change the team too much because they're going in the right direction, but they'll have learned a lesson today. If you give away 13 penalties at this level you're going to get beaten."

  4. Post update

    So, indulge me here.

    Let's say, Wales beat Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in a fortnight's time and England put away a winless Scotland side at Twickenham.

    Eminently possible.

    And if it does play out that way, then we will head into the final weekend with three sides at the top of the table - each with one defeat against their name.

    This is what the final weekend looks like:

    Fixture list
  5. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Jeremy Guscott

    Former England centre on BBC One

    "If you're behind and bringing replacements on you need some creativity. Bringing Danny Cipriani on instead of Billy Twelvetrees would have been the call for me."

  6. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England


    England captain Chris Robshaw: "We're very disappointed. We didn't get the result we wanted. Credit to the Irish, but we gave them their points too easily. At times we matched them, but the penalty count is an area for us to work on this week."

  7. Post update

    Ian Robertson

    BBC rugby union correspondent on Radio 5 live

    Ireland celebrate

    "England were outplayed and Ireland did everything much better. The defences on both sides were phenomenal but the initiative was with Ireland for about 65-70 minutes. England did pummel that Irish line for 10 minutes but without reward.

    "Paul O'Connell was everywhere - amazing for a man of 35.

    "This wasn't just a lucky performance from Ireland. They are a committed, well-prepared team and Joe Schmidt has masterminded it all and they deserve to be in pole position."

  8. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Chris Robshaw

    "The coaches have got a lot of thinking to do about how they approach the last two games and the World Cup. I don't think England should get too downhearted - put it down to experience watch it and learn from it."

  9. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: "After seeing them against Wales, we knew they were going to come back at us in the second half, but we dug deep and managed to keep them off our line.

    "We do rely on our half backs a lot. They move us around in the right manner and find space. It's hard to quantify but it obviously gives us value.

    "I'm a spectator on matchdays - the core leaders are out there on the pitch. We had that experience and it told. I'm learning off them as well as them off me."

  10. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    England coach Stuart Lancaster: "In the first half we were masters of our own destiny. We played in the wrong areas at times and our discipline wasn't good enough and the timing of the try at the start of the second half was crucial.

    "For us we need to understand where it went wrong and learn from it - we now need to focus on our two big games at home.

    "We didn't nail some our our line-outs and there wasn't much to carry - it is hard to build an attaching game when you are taking high balls all the time."

  11. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Rugby World's Paul Williams on Twitter: "That's a very big win for Ireland. Not just the result. The manner of victory. Shutdown England totally. Joe Schmidt masterclass. That noise, ladies and gentleman, is the sound of the 6N Championship door swinging wide open."

  12. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The tactics from Ireland today were spot on and the execution was superb. It is one thing to have a plan, it is another to execute it. England never fired a shot in attack - you would have expected more from the back line. The high kicks have become a feature of the Irish game and when you do it it with pinpoint accuracy, you have to have the players to do that and Ireland do."

  13. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Robbie Henshaw

    Ireland tryscorer Robbie Henshaw speaking to BBC Sport: "It was good chance to use my Gaelic football skills and get it down. Johnny Sexton gives us confidence - he's a true leader and everyone's learning from him all the time. We're growing week on week and we can keep improving."

  14. Post update

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "This Ireland team really has the ability to give the strongest-ever showing at the World Cup, if everyone is fit but first they have to go to Wales who will be buoyed by their victory over France and they will be lying in wait. Wales have always fancied themselves against Ireland but Ireland are focussed and it will take a good Welsh performance to beat them."

  15. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Paul O'Connell

    Ireland captain Paul O'Connell speaking to BBC Sport: "Our first-half discipline was very good and in the first 20 mins of second half we played well. Our outside half kicked well. We sat back a bit which was disappointing but we have a hell of a lot of respect for this England team and we're delighted to win."

  16. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Ireland have been simply too good today. It was a superhuman effort at the end. That is World Cup semi-final/final stuff - the accuracy and the tactics are well and good but you have to execute. I believe England shouldn't worry because any team would have struggled to beat Ireland today."

  17. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    The Wales boys last night admitted that they were going to be cheering Ireland on today in the hope that they could beat Paul O'Connell's men in a fortnight to steal ahead in the race for the Six Nations.

    That will be a humdinger of a match. Mark your diaries. Saturday 14 March. 14:30 GMT.

  18. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Ireland"s centre Robbie Henshaw (R) scores Ireland"s first try

    That win means that Ireland have equalled their record of successive Test successes with 10 straight victories.

    Not a bad bit of work to put on Joe Schmidt's CV.

  19. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "Ireland built on what they've done in the championship so far and did more of it. Their kicking game was accurate - at times there were inches in it but Ireland were good for the win."

  20. Full-time

    Ireland 19-9 England

    A delighted public announcer booms confirmation of the scoreline over the Aviva Stadium loudspeakers.

  21. Disallowed try

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Jack Nowell in at the corner. No, he's not. There was a forward pass earlier in the piece. Craig Joubert wipes out the score and blows for time.

  22. Post update

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "You can't fault England for their fortitude and endeavour in this game, but Ireland have been more precise when it counts and that's been the difference."

  23. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Ireland give away a penalty on halfway and another 10 metres as they chuck the ball away. George Ford kicks into the corner but it is all too little too late with only 90 seconds of normal time left.

  24. Post update

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Billy Twelvetrees made a great impact when he came off the bench against Wales but today he has made three massive errors at key times."

  25. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    England's concentration slips again as the ball ricochets forward off Jack Nowell's boot and is picked up by Billy Twelvetrees. Accidental offside and Ireland nudge up towards the England 22m.

    The clock leaking time as they do so.

  26. Post update

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Ireland are dead on their feet. They are probably clock-watching but this is where Madigan needs to impose himself on the game - he hasn't had the same influence that Sexton had."

  27. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    A big hit in midfield and the ball spills from Richard Wigglesworth's grasp. It looked backwards, but the referee sees it as a knock-on. Possession turned over to Ireland and that is surely that in terms of the result.

  28. Post update

    We apologise to those who took part but due to a technical issue we are unable to bring you the result of the vote.

  29. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Fields of Athenry echoes around the stands as Ireland clear their lines and Sean Cronin replaces Rory Best.

    The home fans think their side are out of the woods now.

  30. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    James Haskell of England drops on the loose ball ahead of Devin Toner of Ireland

    "Ireland can't just play in their own half and defend the last eight minutes of this match. They have to put pressure on England."

  31. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Where has this been for England for the first 72 minutes of this game? It is like watching a completely different side. The opposition are tired but the dynamic of the game has changed."

  32. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Jack Nowell darts and ducks. Up to within one metre!

    Nope. A let-off for Ireland as Nick Easter burrows for the line with his own man - Billy Twelvetrees - blocking the attempted tacklers.

    Craig Joubert calls a truck and trailer and it is a scrum to Ireland five metres out.

  33. Post update

    Ireland 19-9 England

    Richard Wigglesworth squirms through a hole, Billy Vunipola punches on and England are up to the Ireland 22m line.

    Ireland look like they have eased too far off the gas.

  34. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "England have got to generate more pace and quicken the game up and get through the phases. Ireland have put everything into this game and look a bit tired."

  35. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "Joe Schmidt will be worried that Ireland have stopped playing, thinking they've got the game won. He'll want them to score again to stop England coming back into the game."

  36. Replacement

    Ireland 19-9 England

    More changes for England as Billy Twelvetrees comes on in the centres and Richard Wigglesworth gets a go at scrum-half in place of Ben Youngs.

    Jared Payne off and Felix Jones on for Ireland.

  37. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "It's against the run of play, but England are slowly reducing the gap. A converted try now would make it a very nervy last 10 minutes for Ireland."

  38. Penalty

    Ireland 19-9 England - George Ford

    That was like a Manny Pacquiao haymaker landing.

    Cian Healey has his head thrown back as he clashes brows with Dan Cole in the loose. He is alright to continue.

    George Ford snaps over a penalty to nibble away at the gap a little more.

    Too little, too late. Ten points difference and only a few more minutes.

  39. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "Devin Toner has been immense. He's made crucial turnovers in the line-out"

  40. Replacement

    Ireland 19-6 England

    Changes aplenty.

    Ireland line-out lighthouse Devin Toner is replaced by Iain Henderson.

    Mako Vunipola replaces Joe Marler while Nick Easter replaces Billy Vunipola for England.

  41. Post update

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "England haven't had much ball in this second half - just a few runs from open kicks but no chance to apply their game plan."

  42. Post update

    Ireland 19-6 England

    England's appetite for this fight looks like it is waning.

    Alex Goode tries to stir up his team-mates with a shout of encouragement after making a good mark and clearing kick.

  43. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Ireland have absolutely schooled England on the breakdown today. I don't think I have seen Ireland compete for any of the rucks in England's 22 - they are choosing where and when to challenge."

  44. Post update

    Ireland 19-6 England

    England look scrambled by the Irish intensity.

    George Ford's long looping pass is almost nicked by Robbie Henshaw before Paul O'Connell charges down Ben Youngs and the ball runs dead rather than into his path.

    That could have been the ball game. Twice over.

  45. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "England are chasing the game so they're having to force things. Haskell was isolated and Ireland were able to make the turnover."

  46. Replacement

    Ireland 19-6 England

    More velocity, less volume.

    Tom Croft replaces James Haskell on the England flank.

  47. Post update

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Joe Schmidt always talks about the performance, not the result - incremental improvements - and that has been the hallmark of the season so far for Ireland."

  48. Post update

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "England have to make a gamble with their replacements and being Danny Cipriani on at centre, plus Tom Croft and Nick Easter. Two scores behind they need to do something positive."

  49. Penalty

    Ireland 19-6 England - George Ford

    England get a toehold as the rejigged Ireland front row fold up and Craig Joubert awards the penalty.

    George Ford decides there is still time to get back into this game the sensible way and collects three points with a solid kick. Good call.

  50. Replacement

    Ireland 19-3 England

    A couple of front row changes for Ireland. Martin Moore on for Mike Ross and Cian Healy is going to come on in place of Jack McGrath.

  51. Post update

    Ireland 19-3 England

    Billy Vunipola has been pretty anonymous so far, but he shows his head as he picks and goes from the base, shrugging off Conor Murray. Poor support from the backs though with only Ben Youngs on his shoulder and he is well marked by the Ireland cover.

    Vunipola opts to kick ahead, but his touch is heavy and the ball runs over the tryline to be pressed down for a 22m drop-out.

  52. Replacement

    Ireland 19-3 England

    Johnny Sexton's race is run. The Ireland fly-half is feeling his hamstring and is replaced by Ian Madigan.

    England make a change as well with Dylan Hartley off and Tom Youngs on at hooker.

  53. Post update

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "Although Sexton is putting the points on the board, the dominant and decisive influence on this game is Irish scrum-half Conor Murray."

  54. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "All of Ireland's dominance in this half has been down to the aerial game. It looked like a kick to nothing from Conor Murray but it wasn't. It was beautifully controlled. How can England come back from this?"

  55. Try

    Ireland 19-3 England - Robbie Henshaw (con Johnny Sexton)

    Robbie Henshaw of Ireland

    A lovely weighted kick from Conor Murray and it gets the five points it deserves as Robbie Henshaw claims above Alex Goode and dots down.

    A pinpoint conversion from well out wide by Johnny Sexton and England are deep in trouble here...

  56. Try review

    Ireland 12-3 England

    Conor Murray's chip, Robbie Henshaw up above Alex Goode in the in-goal area. It looks like he grounded it fine. The television official is not going to have much to do on this one...

  57. Post update

    Ireland 12-3 England

    Ireland tails sky high. The Aviva roaring as their men rumble up to within 10 metres...

  58. Post update

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    ""England hoped to have an edge in the scrum. It hasn't turned out that way. They won't show it but the Irish back will be feeling very good about themselves."

  59. Post update

    Ireland 12-3 England

    Ireland have England in the vice at scrum time. Not something that you would have expected pre kick-off but Joe Marler is sent marching back by Mike Ross and Ireland have a penalty to clear their lines from their own 22m line.

  60. Post update

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "If you are England you have got to score next - whether that is a penalty or a try. If Ireland score again the game could get away from England."

  61. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "England haven't been able to respond to the need to give away fewer penalties. They need to be more disciplined."

  62. Penalty

    Ireland 12-3 England - Johnny Sexton

    Chris Robshaw shovels into the side of a ruck and Craig Joubert pings the England captain. Penalty on the England 10m line and off slightly to the right.

    It suits Johnny Sexton's favoured right peg and he makes the kick with space to spare on either post.

  63. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    The first glimmer of Anthony Watson's stardust as he steps a scuple of defenders, before being dragged to the floor. The game feels more open than ever.

  64. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a run from Alex Goode to rescue the situation - it looked like he was going to fall over every step."

  65. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Brilliant from Alex Goode! He had the hoofs of a hundred Ireland chasers thundering in his ears as he collects the ball on his own line, but he keeps his cool to dodge a trio of them and run the ball back up to the England 22m line.

    Rob Kearney collects England clearing kick and takes on an ambitious dropper. Just wide.

    Frantic start to the second half.

  66. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Jack Nowell finds himself one on one with Rob Kearney out on the left wing. He steps right, he steps left and Kearney steps right into him with a big shoulder to take him into touch.

  67. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Alex Goode comes through another aerial examination. Good take from the Saracens man. And he booms a kick back downfield.

  68. Kick-off

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Johnny Sexton's kick-off is a sky-scraper and Tommy Bowe very nearly steals possession for Ireland.

  69. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Here is a stat to give you hope England fans.

    Your side averages 13.5 points in the third quarter (40-60 minutes) of their two matches this season, over 10 more than any other side (Ireland & Scotland (3), Italy (2.5), Wales & France (1.5).

    The teams are back out. No changes. Let's get going.

  70. Post update

    If the scores are the same with 10 minutes to go, does Stuart Lancaster pull the Danny Cipriani emergency cord?

    The Sale maestro might be the route to a try in a tight game.

  71. Post update

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Ireland are probably worthy of a nine-point lead but I think they will look at the period before half-time where they were in the England 22 and couldn't make it count.

    "Joe Schmidt will be happy with the precision and power-plays in the first half and they have looked a more slick team and they are working together better than England are."

  72. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Keith Wood

    Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

    "I think Johnny Sexton is doing very well - his kicking has put England under lots of pressure. I like George Ford and his vision, but I wonder sometimes if the men outside him see the bigger picture like he does. You perhaps saw that when Luther Burrell was caught in midfield when he needed to throw the ball wide."

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    Kate Shaw: Wake up England. Am going to throw my phone into the television in a minute.

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  74. Post update

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "England have made a few key tactical errors. Ireland will be saying 'we're in control, but we've got to keep the scoreboard ticking over'."

  75. Post update

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "Both sides have cause for optimism. England aren't too far behind; Ireland have been more precise when it counted."

  76. Half-time

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Halftime score

    Jack Nowell is bundled out of play over on the wing and the Craig Joubert sounds the final whistle of the first half.

  77. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    England with the last play of the half and Dylan Hartley finds his man at the line-out on halfway...

  78. Post update

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "Small margins, small errors. One knock-on cost Ireland 70 yards."

  79. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Ireland are well positioned on the England 22m, but the chance goes down the swanny as Johnny Sexton's inside ball bullets against Tommy Bowe's shoulder and forward.

    Jack Nowell doesn't wait for the whistle, racing outside a couple of forwards, hacking ahead and pressuring the Ireland back three to earn an England line-out up on the Ireland 22m.

  80. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I have been very impressed with Ireland so far. They are so slick and precise and are reading England so well choosing when and when not to compete and they know they can attack. There is so much preparation gone into this game."

  81. Post update

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "Everyone wants the line speed and pressure, but England were clearly ahead of the back foot. If you can see Ireland are flat and they're going to kick anyway, you have to have more discipline."

  82. Missed penalty

    Ireland 9-3 England

    The first miss from Johnny Sexton, he never really got hold of that and there was an audible groan from the expectant home fans.

  83. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Ireland's Jonathan Sexton (R) tackles England's George Ford

    Johnny Sexton wins another personal battle with George Ford, reading the England man's sidestep and dumping him back first on the Aviva turf. Anthony Watson instinctively picks up as the ball rolls forward and that is a penalty for Ireland, 30m out and on a tight angle...

    Sexton reacted to that tackle by bellowing pretty close to Ford's ear. I've seen him do something similar to Ronan O'Gara when playing for Leinster.

  84. Post update

    Ireland 9-3 England

    Canny stuff from Ireland as Paul O'Connell takes a pop ball standing in midfield and turns to a mass of green to set up a pre-planned rolling maul.

    Up they rumble towards the England 22 and it is all Ireland at the moment..

  85. Penalty

    Ireland 9-3 England - Johnny Sexton

    Jonny Sexton

    Tick, tock.

    The scoreboard keeps turning over for Ireland with Johnny Sexton bang on target.

  86. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "Great pressure by Johnny Sexton to force the penalty. He'd already pressured Ford, then drifted onto Burrell."

  87. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 England

    England clamp down over Peter O'Mahony and the Irish cannot dynamite them off. Penalty for hanging on and George Ford plays it careful, making sure his clearance kick makes touch rather than many yards.

    A blitz defensive line on the next line-out however snared Luther Burrell and Ireland have the penalty right in front.

  88. Replacement

    Ireland 6-3 England

    Sean O'Brien, dogged by injury over the past year, is heading to the sidelines again. It looks like he did his shoulder in an innocuous looking tackle.

    Tommy O'Donnell on in his place.

  89. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 England


    Dylan Hartley needs to get the old radar fixed. A second line-out throw in the Ireland dangerzone goes awry.

    England have been repelled by Ireland without inflicting any scoreboard damage.

  90. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 England

    Ireland stand off the line-out and Sean O'Brien sacks catcher Dave Attwood. Unfairly decides ref Craig Joubert.

    Another penalty, another kick to the corner and England have a line out within five metres of the Ireland line.

    Devin Toner steals ahead of James Haskell to tumultuous cheers!

  91. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 England

    Ireland are running hard into the white brick wall - Tommy Bowe in off his wing and looking for work.

    But England are offensive in the defence and George Kruis is prominent in the tackling.

    The visitors eventually earn a penalty and George Ford opts for the corner rather than posts from 50m.

  92. Missed penalty

    Ireland 6-3 England

    Not quite. A little short of legs, a little lack of direction and Ireland remain in front.

  93. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 England

    Conor Murray never gets to slot the ball into the tunnel. His front row plough into the scrum early and it is a free-kick to England.

    An overcooked Garryowen then gives Alex Goode too much time to run the ball back at Ireland and the green shirts are straying over the top at the breakdown.

    George Ford will kick for parity from up near halfway...

  94. Post update

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "Only five metres difference in the high kicks allowed Nowell and Ford to wriggle out of the tackles. Five metres shorter on that one to Alex Goode and it's a completely different story."

  95. Post update

    Ireland 6-3 England

    The first tester for Alex Goode. A teasing box-kick from Conor Murray drawing the England full-back into a charge from deep and an attempt to claim. He has Simon Zebo for company as he climbs towards the ball and knocks on to hand possession back to Ireland.

  96. Drop-goal

    Ireland 6-3 England - George Ford

    George Ford of England

    Both sides are making their territory count, coming away with points from every raid into the 22m.

    England, with a penalty advantage to burn, have a free pop at a drop-goal. No taking that one back. George Ford strokes it coolly through the sticks.

  97. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "[Ireland coach] Joe Schmidt has worked on territorial advantage from kick-offs. Chasing the ball to win possession back rather than just kicking for touch. But that last one has invited the English pack onto them."

  98. Post update

    Ireland 6-0 England

    England finally get a kick-off right, forcing Ireland to boot the ball back to them and then making inroads up the left wing. Ireland hooker Rory Best with a trembler of line-out throw inside his own 22m line...

  99. Penalty

    Ireland 6-0 England - Johnny Sexton

    Never a waver, never a doubt.

    England are making a tradition of the slow start in this year's Six Nations.

  100. Post update

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Ireland should have done better there with an attacking scrum under the England post and options on either side."

  101. Post update

    Ireland 3-0 England

    England flop all over the ball, illegally snuffing out Irish moment.

    A penalty to Ireland and Paul O'Connell decides to take the three rather than batter away for five.

    Johnny Sexton to kick and it is no more than a warm-up punt...

  102. Post update

    Ireland 3-0 England

    Desperate defence from England. Luther Burrell is buried under a mound of bodies, keeping the ball off the floor and buying his side at least a partial breather. Scrum five Ireland though and this is a big chance...

  103. Post update

    Ireland 3-0 England

    Simon Zebo is tackled

    Ireland are working England over. Wave after wave, phase after phase and they are up to within five metres of the tryline...

  104. Post update

    Brian Moore

    Former England hooker on BBC One

    "You've got to come in from behind the back foot. Vunipola comes in at the side and relieves all the pressure on Ireland."

  105. Post update

    Ireland 3-0 England

    Billy Vunipola fails to come through the gate at the back of the ruck and England concede another penalty as they chase up the kick-off.

    They need to get on the right side of ref Criag Joubert.

  106. Penalty

    Ireland 3-0 England - Johnny Sexton

    A sonic boom of boot on ball as Johnny Sexton sends the ball soaring into the distance. It is bang on target and Ireland make the first impression on the board.

  107. Post update

    Ireland 0-0 England

    Ireland are making yards on each phase, eating up the ground to get back up to halfway. James Haskell then fails to clear out of the way of Conor Murray at the back of the ruck. Penalty chance and Johnny Sexton points to the sticks...

  108. Kick-off

    Ireland 0-0 England

    Here we go then. England to kick us off and George Ford stares into the middle distance before kicking deep. Simon Zebo gathers.

  109. Post update

    Anthems time and England are the losers in both quality and quantity.

    A short sharp version of God Save the Queen is followed by Ireland blasting out both Amhran na bhFiann and Ireland's Call.

  110. Post update

    Jack Nowell

    Jack Nowell, who was very solid in the centres for Exeter last week, is restored to the England team at the expense of Jonny May.

    He certainly has more flamboyance in the hairdo department than the Gloucester man. Shaggy at the back, a savage undercut and a sideways swept fringe - there is a lot going on there.

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    Devin Toner
  112. Team news

    England line-up

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster has made two changes from the side that beat Italy last time out.

    Alex Goode is in at full-back for the concussed Mike Brown, while winger Jonny May makes way for Jack Nowell.

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    Ireland line-up

    Jordi Murphy replaces the injured Jamie Heaslip at number eight in Ireland's sole change to the starting XV to face Engla

    Tommy O'Donnell and Eoin Reddan replace Murphy and Isaac Boss respectively on the bench.

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    As the teams emerge for the laborious pre-match handshakes that are part of every Ireland home international, time for our own pre-match presentation.

    Ireland first up...

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    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach on BBC One

    "England have started well [in games], just not on the scoreboard. As a coach you're feeling good even though you're 10 points down."

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    Martin Johnson in 2003 Six Nations

    It was in Dublin in 2003 that England last laid their paws on the Grand Slam, but not before Martin Johnson had caused a minor diplomatic incident.

    The England skipper led his team out first and lined them up, deliberately or not, on Ireland's lucky side of the red carpet.

    Instead of taking the unlucky end of the carpet, Brian O'Driscoll lined Ireland up off the end of the rug.

    An official asked Martin Johnson to budge up. He refused.

    The result was that Ireland president Mary McAleese had to dirty her shoes by trudging along the turf to shake hands with the Ireland players.

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    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Johnny Sexton came back into the side for the French game after three months out and had a man of the match performance. His rapport with Joe Schmidt is well known and he controls the game for Ireland and it shows what an important player he is for Ireland. His battle with George Ford will be a defining one today."

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    Jared Payne and Alex Goode

    One man to look for in amongst the mob of Ireland players chasing any sky-scraping bombs from Johnny Sexton's boot will be Jared Payne.

    Ferocious in defence so far in the tournament, the Ulster centre got a little too eager playing for Ulster against Goode's Saracens in the Heineken Cup quarter-final last season, upending Goode and earning himself a red card.

    Softly, softly, don't catchy Goode.

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    Alex Goode

    With Mike Brown recovering from concussion, Saracens' Alex Goode has been brought in at full-back for England.

    Goode's last Test start was almost two years ago in the 2013 Six Nations defeat by Wales.

    We should find out if there is still any snow in that Dublin sky with some of the towering up-and-unders that are surely heading his way.

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    Ireland are chasing a 10th straight win

    South Africa, France, Australia and Argentina are among the scalps on Ireland's recent run. England's 13-10 win at Twickenham in last year's Six Nations was their most recent defeat.

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    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

    "Sleet and cruel rain in the Dublin air over lunchtime, setting an appropriately harsh scene for what most expect to be a brutal encounter. How to pick a winner?

    "The opinion in the Irish capital is split between those convinced by nine consecutive wins for Joe Schmidt's arch-pragmatists and those who think England's scrum and stronger bench will be the decisive factors. All are certain of one thing - it's unlikely to be won in a torrent of tries."

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    Johnny Sexton George Ford

    Here is the tale of the Six Nations tape for the two number 10s. Johnny Sexton was absent for Ireland's opener against Italy remember, hence being a little light in the points column and heavy in the kick percentages.

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    We are go on BBC One coverage by the way complete with slow-mo replays of some quality bus-disembarking.

    Hit the play icon at the top of the page to get stuck in.

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    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Stuart Lancaster has to be wary of Johnny Sexton with the boot. England's discipline needs to be of the highest order but it won't be easy with the conditions and the atmosphere. Overall England need to concentrate on what they can influence."

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    Johnny Sexton

    Johnny Sexton will be opposite George Ford - attempting to make the England fly-half act his age for once.

    Sexton returned to rugby after 12 weeks out with concussion against France a fortnight ago.

    His Racing Metro team-mate and France flanker Bernard Le Roux had jokingly warned Sexton before the game that he had better "put on a helmet".

    Turns out it was sage advice.

    Sexton withstood a wince-inducing clash of heads with Mathieu Bastaureaud in a sparkling performance.

    Can he pull the strings as effectively on his return to the Aviva?

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    George Ford

    Eight Test appearances, only four as a starter and a grand total of 60 international points.

    England 10 George Ford is a fresh-faced, wide-eyed newbie at this level, right?

    Well, no.

    When your dad is league legend turned union coach Mike Ford, you start stacking up international experience before you have bought your first razor blades.

    Young George kicked training balls with the Ireland side that won the Triple Crown in 2004, toured with the Lions in 2005 and was in the dressing room before England's World Cup Final in 2007.

    Read more on the 21-year-old who will be piloting England around the Aviva in chief sports scribe Tom Fordyce's feature.

  127. Vote

    If all that sounds like it will place too much strain on the grey matter on a Sunday lunchtime, why not just have a punt on our vote?

    On the right hand side of this page we are asking who will win today's game.

    It doesn't get much more simple than that.

    Nail those colours to the mast and get clicking.

    The outcome will be revealed at half-time and if you want to kill some time on the most boring page on the internet our terms and conditions are here.

  128. Get involved #bbc6nations

    On the back of that faux-pas, I'm after your nominations of embarrassing moments from Six Nations past and present.

    The pre-tournament photocall provide an guarantee of at least one a year.

    Six Nations captains ahead of 2015 tournament

    That is what the back seat of the school bus looks like to an 11-year-old on their first day isn't it?

    You can hit us on #bbc6nations on Twitter, on 81111 via texts from UK mobiles, or on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

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    England leaked advert

    In the days after England's comprehensive defeat in Dublin four years, a video leaked online.

    Shot by England's kit sponsor, it featured super slo-mo shots of Toby Flood, Chris Ashton, Tom Palmer, Danny Care and Ben Foden doing their thing and finished with an on-screen caption crowning them Grand Slam Champions 2011.

    Fortunately England don't have a reputation for presumptuous arrogance among their rivals or it would have been really awkward.

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    Snow at the Aviva Stadium

    I hope the pundits and presenters have packed their long johns.

    It has been a bitterly cold start to the day in Dublin with snow and sleet spattering down on the people in charge of preparing the Aviva Stadium.

    The BBC weather bods says the snow should halt by kick-off, but it is a day to catch chilblains rather than rays.

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    BBC One

    The BBC One red carpet has been rolled out for today's fixture and coverage begins at 14:30 GMT.

    A click on the live coverage tab at the top of this page will bring you all the action without even having to strain for the remote.

    Prefer the magic of radio? We have that trick up our sleeve too. Radio 5 live commentary is another option just above these words.

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    Aviva Stadium Dublin

    Any tournament that goes back 105 years comes with some serious historical baggage.

    But England only need to wind the reel back to 2011 and a humbling 24-8 defeat in Dublin to know what they are up against.

    England came into that game as favourites. The roles are reversed today with Ireland, buoyant under coach Joe Schmidt, the bookies' pick.

    With both sides undefeated so far, it is a match that fully deserves a day all to itself. Kick-off is a little under an hour away.

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    England v Ireland 2011

    World Cup year and an England team arrive in Dublin, giddy on Grand Slam ambition.

    A youthful Red Rose side, under the guidance of an ambitious coach, stride off the team bus looking for their first Six Nations clean sweep since 2003.

    They find only themselves instead at the centre of a bewildering Irish ambush.