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Ireland’s bid for a second successive grand slam continued in emphatic fashion with a six-try demolition of Italy that underscored their status as Six Nations favourites.

After England laboured to victory over the Azzurri in Rome in round one, there were hopes that Gonzalo Quesada’s improving team might pose Ireland a few questions here in Dublin.

But the visitors were completely outclassed as Andy Farrell’s men, fresh from their stunning victory over France in Marseille, showed England how to despatch inferior opposition.

They did not even need to be at their best. Three tries in each half – a brace from hooker Dan Sheehan and one each from Jack Crowley, Jack Conan, man-of-the-match James Lowe and Calvin Nash – put the visitors to the sword, with the Italians barely venturing into Ireland’s 22m.

England’s new-look blitz defence has been much in the spotlight in the opening two rounds. It is sure to be tested to the absolute max at Twickenham on March 9.

First England have to get past Scotland at Murrayfield. Ireland, meanwhile, will fancy their chances against Wales here in Dublin in a couple of weeks.

More to follow…

Match details

Scoring: 5-0 Crowley try; 10-0 Sheehan try; 12-0 Crowley con; 17-0 Conan try; 19-0 Crowley con; 24-0 Sheehan try; 29-0 Lowe try; 34-0 Nash try; 36-0 Byrne con

Ireland: H Keenan (H Byrne 56), C Nash, R Henshaw (J Larmour 64), S McCloskey, J Lowe, J Crowley, C Casey (J Gibson-Park 73); A Porter (J Loughman 56), D Sheehan (R Kelleher 56), F Bealham (T O’Toole 56), J McCarthy, J Ryan (I Henderson 61), R Baird (J van der Flier 66), C Doris, J Conan

Italy: A Capuozzo, L Pani (F Mori 58), J I Brex, T Menoncello, M Ioane, P Garbisi, S Varney (M Page-Relo 58); D Fischetti (M Spagnolo 56), G Lucchesi (G Nicotera 56), P Ceccarelli (G Zilocchi 40), N Cannone, F Ruzza, A Izekor, M Zuliani (R Vintcent 70), M Lamaro

Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

Ireland v Italy: As it happened

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