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England, Ireland open with victories

IMPRESSIVE:Billy Twelvetrees scored a try on debut and Owen Farrell showed why many believe he is the natural heir to Jonny Wilkinson as England overpowered Scotland

AP, LONDON

Scotland’s tries came through New Zealand-born winger Sean Maitland, on his debut, and Stuart Hogg in either half, but Ireland will be a much tougher rivals for England at Lansdowne Road next weekend.

“Ireland are an outstanding side,” England coach Stuart Lancaster said. “They have quality players across the board, so it is a big step up. We need to make sure we are ready physically and mentally and technically.”

There were 11 tries in all over the two matches, an early indication that teams are adopting an attacking approach this year.

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