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Ireland move closer to qualifying for 2017 World Cup with big 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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