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The final tune-ups for the Rugby World Cup in Europe witnessed tight games among the Six Nations squads where England defeated Ireland 21-13 at Twickenham, France narrowly escaped defeat against visiting Scotland 19-16, and Wales squeaked by Italy 21-19.
England finished 2-1, revenging their sole Six Nations 2015 loss to an Irish XV that has now lost two matches in a row, not a morale boosting performance for the RWC. The Irish, former winners of 14 of the past 15 games before the three match tune-ups, split with Wales for a 1-2 record.
France, losing 6-9 at half to an invigorated Scottish side, scored a try with seven-minutes left to prevail 19-16. The French also ended 2-1, splitting home and away wins with England. Scotland have not won at Stade Francais since 1999. They achieved two wins over Italy.
Wales suffered bad injuries to Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb, stalwarts of the Welsh side. Halfpenny became the third Welsh player to exceed 500 points. Italy, which lost all three warm-up matches, prevailed 11-8 at halftime.
In other contests:
Japan 13- Georgia 10
Samoa 25- Wasps 19
Argentina 55 - Leicester 34
Two more games occur today with Canada squaring off against Fiji, and Uruguay contesting a Basque Select in the town of Getxo, Spain.
The big show commences September 18 when England play Fiji.