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Last Updated: Sunday February 24 2008 11:00 GMT

Three wins in row for Wales

Wales Lee Byrne scores his side's first try against Italy

Wales kept up their winning ways by beating Italy 47-8 in the Six Nations championship at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

They have now gone three games in the competition without being beaten.

Fullback and man-of-the-match Lee Byrne scored once in each half, and centre Tom Shanklin celebrated his 50th cap.

Shane Williams scored two brilliant tries with flyhalf Stephen Jones giving a fab kicking display with four penalties and three conversions.

His replacement James Hook then slotted two conversions.

England revived their hopes of winning the tournament with their first away victory - 24-13 - over France in the tournament for eight years.

Paul Sackey (left) scored England's opening try of the match
Paul Sackey (left) scored England's opening try of the match
And fly-half Jonny Wilkinson was in world record-breaking form, slotting his 29th Test drop-goal as part of a 14-point haul.

Wilkinson also booted three penalties and a conversion after wing Paul Sackey's early try as England dashed French Grand Slam hopes to leave Wales leading the championship, while scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth also claimed a late try.

Ireland produced a fine attacking display to comfortably beat Scotland 34-13 in their Six Nations clash in Dublin.

Second try

Tries from David Wallace, Rob Kearney, Marcus Horan and two from the recalled Tommy Bowe condemned the Scots to their third successive championship defeat.

But Frank Hadden's injury-hit side could take some comfort from Simon Webster's second-half breakthrough - only their second try in the last six games.

Scotland suffered a further blow when replacement Jim Hamilton was carried off with a suspected broken leg.

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