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Last Updated: Saturday February 07 2009 19:03 GMT

Wins for Ireland and England

Ireland"s Jamie Heaslip runs through to score a try

England and Ireland have got their Six Nations championship campaigns off to winning starts over Italy and France.

Ireland ended their seven match losing streak against their French rivals with a 30-21 win, at Croke Park in Dublin.

Imanol Harinordoquy helped France to an early 7-3 lead, but tries from Jamie Heaslip, captain Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy gave Ireland the edge.

Earlier, mistakes by the Italian side at Twickenham helped England to a 36-11 victory.

Andy Goode
Andy Goode got a try, two conversions and a penalty for England!
Andy Goode, Harry Ellis and Riki Flutey all got tries in the first half and Goode went on to add two conversions and a penalty before Ellis bagged his second try of the game after the break.

Italy fought back, scoring a try through Mirco Bergamasco, but it was too little too late.

The win puts England top of the table with Ireland for now, but it's only their second triumph in seven matches under Martin Johnson and some critics aren't convinced they've got what it takes to keep winning.