England send ominous Rugby World Cup warning with thrashing of Ireland 

England have delivered a commanding performance to delight a sun-drenched Twickenham, as they ran in eight tries in a record 57-15 rout of Ireland in their Rugby World Cup warm-up.

After an early wobble, England took total control, delivering the sort of ambitious, high-speed all-court game that has been on show only in fits and starts over the last two years.

All Jones' selections came off, with second-five Owen Farrell converting six of the tries and landing an early penalty.

The only downside for the hosts was the short-lived appearance of prop Mako Vunipola, who lasted only a few minutes, as a replacement on his return from a serious hamstring injury.

It was England's highest score and biggest margin of victory over Ireland, and they were not flattered by it.

Ireland got the first try, when Jordan Lamour chased a Jacob Stockdale chip after nine minutes, but from then on, it was virtually all England.

Big winger Joe Cokanasiga got their first try, finishing off a quickfire backline move, and fullback Elliot Daly added the second after another super move, with forwards and backs all showing great hands and attacking intent.

The Twickenham fans were enjoying it and they were in full voice, when Manu Tuilagi got the third off the back of an impressive scrum, albeit via loose Irish defending.

Prop Kyle Sinckler and flanker Sam Underhill then combined like a pair of centres to send Tom Curry between the posts.

Ireland briefly lost key scrumhalf Conor Murray, but just as he came back from injury, prop Cian Healy limped off for the day.

With flyhalf Johnny Sexton absent due to a minor injury and replacement Ross Byrne pushed off his game by England's rush defence, Ireland looked rudderless and seemed delighted to get off the field 22-10 down at halftime.

But the one-way traffic continued after the break, as locks Maro Itoje and George Kruis both powered over the line.

Cokanasiga got his second with a bullocking run, after another superbly executed set-piece move.

Both coaches emptied their benches and as the game became somewhat chaotic, Bundee Aki skinned Daly for Ireland's second try, only for replacement hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie to cash in on a terrible Irish lineout to take the score into record margins.

Ireland, who in theory could have topped the world rankings with a victory, now have back-to-back games against Wales to complete their preparations for Japan, where they will have to hit the ground running against Scotland.

England complete their build-up against Italy on September 7 and start their World Cup campaign against Tonga.

Reuters 

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