Ireland dig deep to beat 14-man England and keep title hopes alive

James Lowe, Hugo Keenan, Jack Conan, Finlay Bealham score in Irish Six Nations victory at Twickenham; Johnny Sexton added two conversions and two penalties; England’s Charlie Ewels was shown the earliest Six Nations red card in history at 82 seconds for a high tackle on James Ryan

By Michael Cantillon at Twickenham

Last Updated: 12/03/22 6:40pm

James Lowe was among the scorers as Ireland beat 14-an England at Twickenham

England second row Charlie Ewels was shown the earliest red card in Six Nations history as Ireland eventually notched a 32-15 victory at Twickenham to remain in the title hunt.

Ewels was sent from the field just 82 seconds into Saturday’s contest, having made an upright, head-on-head tackle on Ireland lock James Ryan, before James Lowe, Hugo Keenan, Jack Conan and Finlay Bealham scored tries for the visitors as they registered a bonus-point win.

Ireland captain Johnny Sexton added two penalties and three conversions in what was likely to be his final appearance at Twickenham in the championship, and though the boot of Marcus Smith kept a physical England in touch, the task proved too tall an order in the end.

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