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Last Updated: Saturday February 02 2008 19:17 GMT

England crushed by Wales comeback

Shane Williams of Wales is tackled by England's Lesley Vainikolo (left) and Iain Balshaw

Wales have beaten England 26-19 in the Six Nations tournament to claim their first win at Twickenham for 20 years.

Jonny Wilkinson helped England to dominate the first half and a try by Toby Flood saw the home side with a 16-6 lead at half-time.

But Wales staged an incredible comeback after the break with Lee Byrne and Mike Phillips scoring two tries in just two minutes to put the visitors ahead.

Earlier, Ireland got off to a winning start with a 16-11 win against Italy.

They took the lead with a Ronan O'Gara penalty after just 15 minutes, before quickly landing their first try through Girvan Dempsey.

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll being tackled by Italian players
Ireland want to prove themselves after a disappointing World Cup campaign
Italy refused to give up and their determination was rewarded with a try by Sergio Parisse after the break.

But it wasn't enough to stop Ireland, who are hoping to prove themselves after a disappointing World Cup.

They'll face the defending champions France in their next match, but they'll have to play without Gordon D'Arcy who went off in the first half with a suspected broken wrist.



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