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Rugby World Cup: England 35 Fiji 11

By Matt McGeehan

Lacklustre England made a less-than-convincing start to their World Cup campaign with a 35-11 bonus-point victory over Fiji at Twickenham which will leave Australia and Wales scenting the hosts' blood.

Two Mike Brown tries, a penalty try and a last-gasp Billy Vunipola score saw England prevail, but Stuart Lancaster's men will need to improve dramatically ahead of next week's clash with Wales to maintain hopes of advancing from Pool A ahead of their neighbours and the Wallabies.

Fiji were a nuisance and, but for missed kicks, might have pushed England closer, but instead had to settle for Nemani Nadolo's try and two penalties.

Rugby league convert Sam Burgess made his World Cup debut, coming on with Owen Farrell as England again looked for reinforcements to galvanise the side.

It remained scrappy but Fiji could not capitalise. Nadolo missed another penalty before Volavola moved the islanders to within one converted try of their hosts.

England next rumbled forwards once more, with the Vunipolas prominent and Fiji strayed offside. Farrell restored the 10-point advantage.

Brown scored his second try after Watson intercepted a loose Fiji pass and England spread the ball from right to left.

Farrell made a half burst and passed off the floor for Brown to juggle before touching down.

Brown might have had a third in a man-of-the-match-winning performance after reaching Burgess' offload, but was stopped short.

But Billy Vunipola did score in the final moments to secure a scarcely deserved bonus point, only after a ruling by the TMO. Farrell converted.

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