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Saracens to the fore as England claim two six nations titles and set up three grand slam chances

PUBLISHED: 10:51 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 13 March 2017

Saracen's Billy Vunipola made a try-scoring return as England routed Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations. Picture: ADAM DAVY/EMPICS SPORT

Saracen's Billy Vunipola made a try-scoring return as England routed Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations. Picture: ADAM DAVY/EMPICS SPORT

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Saracens players were to the fore as England claimed two Six Nations’ titles and set up a possible three grand slams.

The senior men, the men’s U20s and the senior women all recorded very impressive victories over Scotland in their respective campaigns.

The men retained the RBS 6 Nations title with a game to spare with a commanding 61-21 win.

Not only that, but this was England’s highest score in the Calcutta Cup and equalled New Zealand’s record for consecutive test wins.

Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje both started, with Farrell converting all seven tries and adding another four penalties, but it was the introduction of Billy Vunipola from the bench which would have pleased Sarries fans, and indeed England fans across the country.

Vunipola scored try number six on his return to the international stage after injury and will be pushing for a start in Dublin on Saturday when the grand slam is up for grabs.

Billy’s brother Mako and Saracens’ team mate Jamie George also came off the bench at Twickenham.

The Six Nations title was also secured by the U20s, who also included four from Allianz Park in their 23-man squad.

Dominic Morris and Jack Nay both scored tries in the 33-5 win at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton, while Max Malins, fresh from his stint in the first team, added four conversions.

Ralph Adams-Hale also appeared.

Wales victory over Ireland handed the young England side the title and set up the grand slam decider in Dublin on Friday.

England U20 coach Tom Williams said: “We have sown up the Six Nations title but we all want the Grand Slam – that is what we set out to achieve at the start of the competition.

“Ireland are going to be a real handful next week and it will be a massive game playing for the Grand Slam on St Patrick’s Day.”

And the women are also going for the grand slam at Donnybrook on Friday, but then so are opponents Ireland.

Richmond’s Kay Wilson scored a record seven tries in the 64-0 success at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, with England scoring 12 in total.

Saracens were represented by Emily Scott, Vicky Fleetwood and Sarah McKenna.

It sets up the prefect game against Ireland with the winners claiming all the spoils.


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