England secure Triple Crown


England defeated Wales 29-18 to secure their first Triple Crown since 2003, having already triumphed over Scotland and Ireland. However, the Six Nations still hangs in the balance with the Irish currently topping the league table with just one round of fixtures remaining.

England put in a strong performance at Twickenham to help erase some of the bad memories of last year’s 30-3 defeat in Cardiff. Tries from Danny Care and Luther Burrell helped England to victory despite the excellent kicking of Leigh Halfpenny for the away side.

An Irish victory in Paris would almost certainly send the title to Dublin, though England still have a chance if Ireland lose or they secure a big victory over bottom-of-the-table Italy.

Before the tournament began, fans were unsure what to expect from Stuart Lancaster’s talented but relatively unexperienced side. Their narrow defeat by France is their only loss of the campaign so far and many players look to have bright futures ahead.

Stuart Lancaster said: “We’ve tried to remove the fear of playing, and when you’ve got the courage of your convictions it generally pays off. I was really proud of the team. They are a great set of lads who always want to play hard for each other and the shirt.”

This Triple Crown is England’s first in 11 years and has not been won since England’s World Cup winning year in 2003.

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