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Six Nations round-up: England blown away by record-breaking France as Wales earn first win of the year

Steve Borthwick’s England slumped to a record loss at Twickenham as France took a bonus point win to stay in contention to win Six Nations.

In the first game of the weekend, Wales comfortably saw off a promising Italy side to remain 5th in the Six Nations table.

Taulupe Faletau scored one try and set up another as Warren Gatland’s side ran out 29-17 winners as the team recorded their first win of the calendar year.

The Azzurri’s only hope to avoid a fifth defeat in the tournament comes on Saturday as they head to Murrayfield to face third place Scotland.

Meanwhile England were torn apart by Championship-hunting France as they fell by a damning 43 point margin.

Both sides were in title contention ahead of the weekend’s fixture, but the visitors made quick work of the English defence and were leading 27-3 at the break.

Les Bleus face Wales on the last day, where they rely on England to take points off of leaders Ireland to have a chance at the title.

Ireland continued their Grand-Slam trajectory with a win over Scotland. The sides were entangled in a tight contest at half time, as Ireland led 8-7.

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Ireland pushed through in the second half, as they often have this competition and set a comfortable cushion between them and the home side, finally winning 22-7.

Ireland are set for a big finish at the Aviva Stadium as they host England for a chance to win the coveted Grand Slam.

The only other team able to stop them from winning the tournament are France, who must hope for a slip-up from their title rivals.

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