England rebuilding process continues

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Updated: March 17, 2012

England’s rebuilt side completed a satisfying Six Nations championship when, on the back of a devastating scrum, they beat Ireland 30-9 on Saturday to finish second behind grand slam winners Wales.

England led 9-6 at the break with the first three of Owen Farrell’s six penalties and took command in the second half at Twickenham as their scrum delivered a series of demolition jobs. The dominance earned a penalty try after 58 minutes and set up Ben Youngs for a second try six minutes from time.

From a team in total disarray after last year’s World Cup, England have grown into a genuine international force .

It was a huge statement by England and will once again raise the stock of Lancaster – as he awaits the decision of the Rugby Football Union over who will become the full-time coach.