England fall short of breaking All Blacks' winning record

Author
Elliot Smith,
Section
Rugby,
Publish Date
Sunday, 19 March 2017, 9:10AM
Ireland's Rory Best and George Ford of England (Photosport)
Ireland's Rory Best and George Ford of England (Photosport)

The luck of the Irish is still flowing the evening after St Patrick's Day in Dublin.

Ireland's ended England's winning streak at 18 with a 13-9 win over the Six Nations champions.

The victory for the Irish, set up by a first half Iain Henderson try and the boot of Johnny Sexton, means the All Blacks still have a share of the tier one record for consecutive wins.

Ireland also brought an end to New Zealand's winning run at 18 last year in Chicago.

England skipper Dylan Hartley says they battled to get their game going.

"I don't know if you could see on TV, but with the conditions it was probably better not to have the ball today - it was a day for defending and I know with Andy Farrell at the helm they've got one hell of a defence.

France has edged Wales 20-18 in Paris, while Kiwi Vern Cotter's reign as Scotland coach has come to an end with a 29-nil win over Italy in Edinburgh.

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