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Six Nations: Jacob Stockdale steals the show as Ireland cruise to blistering bonus-point win over Italy

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (breaks away to score his sides eighth try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (breaks away to score his sides eighth try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (breaks away to score his sides eighth try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (breaks away to score his sides eighth try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (right) breaks away from Italy's Jayden Hayward to score his sides eighth try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (right) breaks away from Italy's Jayden Hayward to score his sides eighth try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (right) celebrates with team-mate Keith Earls after scoring his sides seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (right) celebrates with team-mate Keith Earls after scoring his sides seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (centre right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring his sides seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale (centre right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring his sides seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale after scoring his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale after scoring his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland fans in the stands during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland fans in the stands during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale after scoring his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale after scoring his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale after scoring his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale after scoring his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jordan Larmour during his debut during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jordan Larmour during his debut during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins before the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins before the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Johnny Sexton (right) and Rob Kearney during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Johnny Sexton (right) and Rob Kearney during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Bundee Aki is tackled by Italy's Dean Budd during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Bundee Aki is tackled by Italy's Dean Budd during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Robbie Henshaw leaves the pitch with an injury during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw leaves the pitch with an injury during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Robbie Henshaw leaves the pitch with an injury during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw leaves the pitch with an injury during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Robbie Henshaw leaves the pitch with an injury during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw leaves the pitch with an injury during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Robbie Henshaw scores his side's fifth try of the game during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw scores his side's fifth try of the game during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Conor Murray dives in to score his sides second try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Conor Murray dives in to score his sides second try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Robbie Henshaw (left) celebrates with Conor Murray after scoring his sides first try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw (left) celebrates with Conor Murray after scoring his sides first try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Scarves on sale before the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

Scarves on sale before the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 10, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial use only. No commercial or promotional use without prior consent from IRFU. No alterations or doctoring.

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his side's seventh try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale scored two tries as Ireland completed a stunning bonus point victory over Italy in their second Six Nations fixture.

Stockdale scored his first two Six Nations scores in the eight-try success to take his Ireland tally to six in six international tests.

Captain Rory Best also went over but it was Stockdale's second try that was the score of the day, an interception and a 50 metre carry taking him over the line.

Ireland had secured the bonus point by half-time, four first-half tries securing a 28-0 advantage, all expertly converted by Johnny Sexton.

Robbie Henshaw was first to go over from close range and Conor Murray soon followed, well assisted by Jack Conan.

A strong carry from Bundee Aki provided the third score and the Connacht man led the break to set up Keith Earls to secure the bonus point before the break.

Henshaw bagged his second try of the day early in the second half, also converted by Sexton, but injured himself in the process and was immediately replaced by Jordan Larmour.

The Ulster players then got in on the act. First Rory Best crashed over after a maul for converted try number six, substitute Joey Carbery this time on target.

Tommaso Allan scored a consolation try for the visitors before Sexton walked over another Ireland try, again converted by Carbery.

Edoardo Gori and Matteo Minozzi scored another two tries for the visitors either side of Stockdale's show-stopping effort, which was followed by another Carbery conversion.

England host Wales at 4.45pm on Saturday evening before Scotland host France on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

Here's the match as it happened:

 

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