Rugby: England Defeats Ireland to Keep Six Nations Hope Alive


Simon Zebo of Ireland being tackled by Dylan Hartley (2) and George Kruis of England during England’s 21-10 victory at Twickenham.

Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

TWICKENHAM, England — England against Wales is one of those rivalries that guarantees passionate play, even when only local pride is on the line. And there will be much more at stake on March 12 when the two teams meet here in the next round of the Six Nations championship.

Both teams won over the weekend, and they are the only unbeaten teams left, which means their matchup in two weeks most likely will decide the tournament champion. England advanced to 3-0 with a 21-10 victory over Ireland on Saturday, and if it beats Wales, it has a chance to win its first Grand Slam — a clean sweep of the tournament — since 2003.

After a draw in the opening weekend against Ireland, a Grand Slam is out of the question for Wales, which moved to 2-0-1 with a 19-10 win over France on Friday. But…

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