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Ireland move closer to qualifying for 2017 World Cup with big win over Spain

Published 22/10/2016

Ireland moved a step closer to the 2017 World Cup with a 46-6 win over Spain
Ireland moved a step closer to the 2017 World Cup with a 46-6 win over Spain

Ireland comfortably won their opening 2017 World Cup qualifier against Spain in Valencia, outscoring their opponents by nine tries to one in a 46-6 victory.

The Woflhounds never looked back after Alan McMahon scored an early try and they were 22-0 up at the break.

The result means Spain can no longer qualify following their opening 40-6 defeat by Russia, while Ireland need only a draw against the Russians in Bray next Saturday to book their trip to Australia and New Zealand next autumn.

The loser at the Carlisle Grounds will have a second chance to qualify through an elimination play-off at Leigh in November.

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