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England beat Ireland in the fourth round of the Guinness Six Nations

England’s Last-Minute Triumph Shocks Ireland at Twickenham

In a thrilling Six Nations clash at Twickenham, Marcus Smith’s last-minute drop-goal shattered Ireland’s hopes of back-to-back Grand Slams. Despite trailing by two points following James Lowe’s late try, Smith’s precision kick secured a dramatic victory for England, much to the delight of the home crowd.

The second half was packed with action as Lowe’s acrobatic finish and subsequent tries by George Furbank and Ben Earl propelled England into the lead. Despite Lowe’s second try seemingly sealing the title for Ireland, Smith’s composure ensured England’s triumph, marking Ireland’s first Six Nations defeat since 2022.

Ollie Lawrence’s early try set the tone for England’s spirited performance, although Ireland, fueled by Jack Crowley’s accurate kicking, fought back strongly. While England’s win keeps their slim title hopes alive, it also breaks their pattern of recent underperformance in the tournament.

Although Ireland still tops the Six Nations standings and remains favorites to retain the title by defeating Scotland in Dublin, England’s unexpected victory highlighted their resilience under captain Jamie George’s leadership.

Twickenham witnessed a resurgence in England’s attacking flair, evident from Lawrence’s early score and their sustained pressure throughout the match. Despite Crowley’s penalties keeping Ireland in contention, England’s discipline and determination never wavered.

Ireland’s occasional lapses in possession allowed England to capitalize, with Furbank and Earl adding to their tally. Despite Lowe’s brace threatening to snatch victory for Ireland, England’s late surge, culminating in Smith’s match-winning kick, secured a memorable win under the guidance of coach Steve Borthwick.

England’s victory came as a surprise to many, given their previous lackluster performance against Scotland, while Ireland had appeared dominant in earlier matches. However, Ireland’s head coach Andy Farrell had warned against underestimating England’s potential, labeling them as a dangerous adversary.

Although Ireland showcased glimpses of their attacking prowess, particularly through Lowe’s tries, they struggled to maintain possession against England’s aggressive play. England’s control of the game, led by standout performances from players like George Martin, exposed vulnerabilities in Ireland’s defense.

While Ireland remains in pole position to clinch the title against Scotland, England’s resilient display served as a reminder of the challenges they pose to their rivals.




Furbank; Feyi-Waboso, Slade, Lawrence, Freeman; Ford, Mitchell; Genge, George (capt), Cole, Itoje, Martin, Chessum, Underhill, Earl.

Replacements: Dan, Marler, Stuart, Cunningham-South, Dombrandt, Care, M Smith, Daly.


Keenan; Nash, Henshaw, Aki, Lowe; Crowley, Gibson-Park; Porter, Sheehan, Furlong; McCarthy, Beirne, O’Mahony (capt), Van der Flier, Doris.

Replacements: Kelleher, Healy, Bealham, Henderson, Baird, Conan, Murray, Frawley.


England (8) 23

Try: Lawrence (4′), Furbank (48′), Earl (60′)

Conversion: Smith (61′)

Penalty: Ford (17′)

Drop-goal: Smith (80’+1)

Ireland (12) 22

Try: Lowe (44′, 73′)

Penalty: Crowley (3′, 20′, 35′, 40’+1)

Man of the match: Ben Earl (England)

Referee: Nika Amashukeli (Georgia)

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