Six Nations 2023 LIVE rugby: England vs Italy latest score and updates with bonus point secured

Six Nations week one recap: England struggle while Ireland make statement

England take on Italy in the 2023 Six Nations, with Steve Borthwick aiming for his first win in charge of the Red Rose.

Last week’s defeat by Scotland underscores the magnitude of the task just months before the World Cup.

While Italy edged out France in their opening-week defeat in Rome, tonight’s tie turned into a clash between teams likely to battle to finish behind Ireland, France and Scotland.

After the Irish defeated Les Bleus in Dublin, Scotland defeated a weak side from Wales to draw level with world no. 1 at the top of the table by 10 points.

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England 26-14 Italy, 69 minutes

England looks at his mouth again, chugging into the Italian 22 and onwards. Finally, the white shirts come out ten meters below.

Alex Mitchell brings some speed into the game…

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:40 p.m


England 26-14 Italy, 68 minutes

And Dan Cole and Mako Vunipola get to work, both Italian props hurting under pressure and allowing England to push towards the Italian 22.

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:39 p.m


England 26-14 Italy, 67 minutes

Italy threaten both sides, first through hands to the left and then to the right from a well-weighted kick pass from Tommaso Allan. Federico Ruzza is a somewhat unlikely collector of these, although the lock is a very talented chap – his one-handed, loose grip on the ball proves foolish, however, as a tough English clash forces the ball to break free.

Twickenham boos as Henry Arundell is denied an opportunity to counter after collecting a resulting loose Italian throw, but James Doleman had already called the whistle. England will instead feed the scrum.

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:38 p.m


England 26-14 Italy, 66 minutes

England introduce Nick Isiekwe, Lewis Ludlam moved up to eighth with Alex Dombrandt replaced.

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:36 p.m


England 26-14 Italy, 65 minutes

Are English nerves just starting to jangle just a little bit? There’s quite a bit of space for Italy to attack now, Ange Capuozzo does devilish things with his dancing feet but is unable to fully slice England open. Italy eventually fended off possession, amid groans of frustration from fans suddenly encouraged by their side.

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:35 p.m


ATTEMPT! England – ITALY 26:14 (Alessandro Fusco tries, 64 minutes)

It’s a matter of moments on the field, but Alessandro Fusco is gone!

Italy switch halves before the scrum, playing with adventure and accuracy once again. Tommaso Menoncello spots a hole outside of Dan Cole and goes through the wing with the centre, helped by a jab from a forward in front of him which is quickly cleared by the TMO.

Menoncello weaves his way out of Henry Arundell’s tackle but not out of Maro Itoje’s tackle, although it doesn’t matter as Fusco shoots in sharply between two retreating England strikers on goal. Tommaso Allan converted – surely not?

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:32 p.m


England 26-7 Italy, 62 minutes

Fabulous rugby from Italy, lovely hands on the line. Pierre Bruno rushes on to the pass and unloads beautifully over the shoulder to Ange Capuozzo, who in turn finds Stepehn Varney inside.

Varney doesn’t quite identify with Juan Ignacio Brex. And half the scrum is tied up in the scrum, with Italy’s ball blocked and their flow hampered. England are able to reset and re-collect and re-form a wall of white shirts. Italy finally forces a blow from English hands and can rebuild.

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:31 p.m


England 26-7 Italy, 60 minutes

England traded their nines, with Alex Mitchell winning his second cap in place of Jack van Poortvliet, with an increasingly loose game likely to benefit the skills of Northampton’s scrum half.

Italy are fully completed again with the return of Simone Ferrari from the wicked box and Luca Bigi is also there as a hooker.

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:29 p.m


England 26-7 Italy, 59 minutes

Close to a spectacular solo by Ollie Lawrence! Henry Slade compared the center to Manu Tuilagi on Friday and that was reminiscent of Tuilagi in his pomp, Lawrence running right over the top of Tommaso Allan and then effortlessly driving away as he paced the aisles.

Lawrence fights off the last defender and briefly appears to have escaped his catch, but loses control of the ball and falls to the ground, unable to get a discharge as it slips through his hands.

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:28 p.m


England 26-7 Italy, 59 minutes

‘Well played Maro!’ is the cry of Owen Farrell as his Saracens team-mate England earn a penalty after the two teams traded turnovers.

Harry Latham-CoyleFebruary 12, 2023 4:26 p.m


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