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2009 Six Nations
7 Feb-21 March

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An Italian fan outside Twickenham

Italian fans are out in force at Twickenham before their side faces England in the opening match of the 2009 Six Nations

England manager Martin Johnson

England manager Martin Johnson patrols the Twickenham touchline prior to kick-off with his team aiming to halt a poor run of results

England's players sing the national anthem

England's players emerge to a roar from the packed house with debutant flanker Steffon Armitage appearing with brother Delon

Will Greenwood chats to Prince Harry

Former England star and World Cup winner Will Greenwood watches from the stands alongside Prince Harry in chilly west London

Andy Goode celebrates scoring the opening try of the match

Italy fall behind within the first couple of minutes as Andy Goode pounces on his own grubber kick for the opening try of the encounter

Jamie Noon congratulates England team-mate Harry Ellis

Italy's play is littered with errors and England take full advantage to score a second try through scrum-half Harry Ellis in the 18th minute

Riki Flutey celebrates scoring England's third try

Makeshift scrum-half Mauro Bergamasco struggles throughout the half and Riki Flutey seizes on a shocking pass to score England's third try

Fly-half Goode extends England's lead with a penalty

Fly-half Goode extends England's lead with a penalty to make the score 22-3 shortly before the half-time interval

Ellis scores his second try of the afternoon

Ellis races through acres of space to score his second try of the afternoon after being released by Flutey - Goode slots the conversion

England's Nick Kennedy is tackled by Gonzalo Gaecia

England's Nick Kennedy is tackled by Gonzalo Gaecia as Italy's game improves with England struggling to show any real creativity

Italy's Mirco Bergamasco dives over for a deserved try

The visitors reduce the deficit to 29-11 as Mirco Bergamasco dives over for a deserved try for Italy after a fine move

Mark Cueto marks his return to the England fold with a late try in the corner

Mark Cueto marks his return to the England fold with a late try in the corner - Goode adds the conversion to seal a 36-11 win





see also
England 36-11 Italy
07 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
We must improve, admits Johnson
07 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
Six Nations as it happened
07 Feb 09 |  Rugby Union
England v Italy match stats
31 Jan 08 |  Rugby Union


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