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England completed a Women's Six Nations Grand Slam by beating a physical Ireland 34-7 at rainy Donnybrook.

Amy Wilson Hardy went over in the corner as England scored from their only chance in the first half.

Ireland struggled to breach England's solid defence and were made to pay as the world champions ran in four tries.

Forwards Laura Keates and Amy Cokayne extended the visitors' lead before backs Emily Scarratt and Lydia Thompson rounded off the win with fine tries.

With the under-20 men's side having won a Grand Slam earlier on Friday, England's men will look to complete a hat-trick by beating Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

The women, who return to Ireland in the summer to defend their world title, have won their first Six Nations title since 2012.

England ride the storm

Wing Wilson Hardy completed a fine England move in the 16th minute, but then Ireland dominated play.

Centre Sene Naoupu came within a metre of going over but was stopped by a superb tackle from flanker Marlie Packer, and home captain Paula Fitzpatrick was prevented from touching down by a posse of England players.

England regrouped after half-time and extended their lead when replacement prop Keates drove over the line from two metres out.

Ireland were reduced to 14 players two minutes before the hour when substitute Mairead Coyne made a deliberate knock-on.

Hooker Cokayne burst through to increase England's advantage but Ireland hooker Leah Lyons responded to give Ireland hope.

However, Scarratt finished off an excellent England move to put the result beyond doubt and then replacement winger Thompson showed her pace to score England's fifth try. - BBC -