Easter gets the chocolates in big England victory

A WIN against Ireland in 12 days will have England squarely on course for its first Six Nations grand slam since 2003.

After opening its campaign with a win against Wales, England showed it was building nicely toward a successful World Cup tilt by thrashing Italy 47-17 at Twickenham.

Danny Cipriani celebrated his first game for his country since 2008 by scoring a try, while Nick Easter (pictured) also crossed to become England's oldest try scorer at 36 years and six months. It was his first international try since November 2008.

Fullback Mike Brown (head knock) was the main concern, but he was expected to be available for the match in Dublin.

Ireland showed it would be no pushover at home, holding off France 18-11 to stay level with England at the top of the table on two wins.

Wales and Scotland, both looking for their first win, completed the round overnight.


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