Almost a year to the day since they were beaten by South Africa in the World Cup final, England climbed to the summit of the northern hemisphere's showcase tournament with a 34-5 win away to Italy during the second of the day's three games.
Ireland rugby team's Six Nations home fixture against Italy postponed due to fear of coronavirus spread
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New Zealand, seeking a third successive Rugby World Cup title, scored three first-half tries to all but end the game as a contest, going on to add four more in the second period.
Finding Ireland vulnerable on the edges, and employing suffocating line speed that checked the Irish attack, Japan pulled off an even bigger surprise than their famed upset of South Africa in the 2015 World Cup
Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland issue statement of intent with dominant 27-3 victory over neighbours Scotland
Ranked No 1 until Monday, Ireland played like a serious World Cup title contender by dominating every category against its regular doormat, Scotland. In the last 20 Six Nations head-to-heads, Ireland has beaten Scotland 16 times