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The first round of 2015's Six Nation's Men's Championship went as expected with the favorites (England, France and Ireland) picking up wins.

England 21-Wales 16

Ireland 26- Italy 3

France 15-Scotland 8

England vs. Wales, Cardiff

The Welsh scored 10 quick points and it seemed that they would duplicate the home rout against England similar to 2013 when the Taffies trounced England 30-3.  Wales lead 16-8 at the half, but after the break, it was all England, led by blindside flanker James Haskell, the Man of the Match. The Red Roses roared back with 13 second half points to win their third victory away against Wales in the last 16 years. These teams will meet again in the Rugby World Cup in September.

Italy vs. Ireland, Rome

In heavy rain, the Irish slogged to a victory over the Italians. The Irish offense dominated throughout the contest with Italy recording an astounding 205 tackles by having to play defense most of the game.  Up 12-3 at half time, Ireland continued to pound away, scoring two converted tries in the second half.  The Irish team featured many young players.

France vs. Scotland, Paris

Scotland started many players with scant test experience, and this proved their undoing, losing an error prone game to Les Bleus. The Scots gave away 12 penalties, or 15 points to the sure kicking French fly half. The French played defense with gusto, and noted player Thierry Dusautoir was named Man of the Match. The Scots made many breaks via some spirited runs, but bad judgment prevented additional tries.

Games This Week

Round two will take place this Saturday (two games) and Sunday as follows:

Saturday, February 14 - England host Italy, 14;00*

Saturday, February 14 - Ireland host France 17:00*

Sunday, February 15 - Scotland host Wales 15:00*

Clearly, the Ireland-France match is the key contest.

* Time of game in Europe