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Good afternoon.

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The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,

is to chair a second meeting

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of the government's emergency

committee, Cobra, as

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the investigation into the poisoning

of a former Russian spy continues.

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Specialist soldiers,

trained in chemical warfare,

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have been sent to Salisbury

in Wiltshire, where Sergei

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and Yulia Skripal were

exposed to a nerve agent.

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Both remain in a serious

condition in hospital.

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Sarah Corker reports.

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Nearly 200 military personnel have

been drafted in to help recover and

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gather evidence in Salisbury.

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Some of the soldiers specially

trained in chemical warfare.

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There has been a flurry

of activity at the cemetery

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where Sergei Skripal's

wife is buried.

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Full protective suits and gas masks

an unnerving sight here.

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A police car is among the vehicles

that have been taken away

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by the Army for decontamination.

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And we're learning more

about the Skripal family.

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This is the voice of Irina Petrova,

a childhood friend of Yulia

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Skripal, who knew her family well.

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She talked to the BBC.

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TRANSLATION:

She always had the best

grades at school in everything.

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She was perfect.

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That's why she so easily adjusted

to Britain, she speaks

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brilliant English.

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Better than an English person.

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I can only say good things

about Yulia Skripal.

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She hasn't done anything

to deserve to die like this.

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I hope everything

will be good with her.

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I will be praying and will

be going to church.

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The former Russian spy

and his daughter remains

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critically ill in intensive care.

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Detective Sergeant Nick

Bailey was the first

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on the scene on Sunday

and

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is in a serious

but stable condition.

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This investigation is becoming part

of daily life here in Salisbury.

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Sites around the city centre

remained cordoned off

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as investigators tried to piece

together a timeline of events,

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the places that Sergei Skripal

and his daughter, Yulia,

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visited, before they were found

in this park on Sunday unresponsive.

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After her visit to the city

yesterday, the Home Secretary,

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Amber Rudd, will chair an emergency

Cobra meeting later,

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the second in a week,

to review the progress

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of the investigation.

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Major questions remain.

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Where the chemical agent came from,

who administered it and why.

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Sarah Corker, BBC News, in

Salisbury.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent

Dominic Casciani is in Salisbury.

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The military was very much a visible

presence yesterday and throughout

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last night. What has the picture

being this morning?

You may ask,

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actually, that's a question on

everybody's lips in Salisbury. Where

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is the military but not one joker in

the market this morning said they

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must be in stealth uniform because

they couldn't be seen. We had a

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presence at the hospital last night

to remove the first police car. We

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are told they will remove other

items such as ambulances that could

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be potentially contaminated as part

of the incident, and other objects

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relevant to the investigation,

perhaps the park bench behind me

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where the Skripals collapsed last

Sunday. But none of that seems to be

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going on in public bust up not

perhaps surprising when you think

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about the bigger picture. In an

investigation like this you have a

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lot of public activity early on but

very quickly the whole thing moves

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behind closed doors as the

investigative detectives start to

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use all the electronic tools to try

to chase whoever is behind this.

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Dominic Casciani, thank you.

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The Education Secretary says

he wants to resolve a recruitment

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crisis in England's schools,

by cutting teachers' workloads.

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Damian Hinds told a head teachers'

conference in Birmingham

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that the government would "strip

away" pointless tasks

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to allow teachers to "focus

on what actually matters".

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Elaine Dunkley reports.

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This is Passmores Academy in Essex.

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And like so many schools,

it's struggling to recruit teachers.

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Classrooms around the country

are now relying on agency supply

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teachers to cover permanent

vacancies.

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The government keeps missing

targets about recruitment

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into the profession.

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We have 4000 less

teachers than we need.

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And especially in the shortage

subjects, key subjects

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in the curriculum, English,

maths, science, all

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those sorts of things.

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The issue isn't just

about recruiting new staff,

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but stopping existing teachers

from leaving the profession.

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Over the next five years in England,

pupil numbers are expected

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to increase, along with pressures

and demands on teachers.

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Jake Rusby left the profession

after three years.

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I would work 65 or 70-hour weeks.

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With planning, marking,

the assessments you're doing.

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The actual teaching part

probably took up the least

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time of everything!

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So that was one major factor,

but for me, I got out

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of the education system thinking

and feeling that the whole thing

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needed to be turned on its head.

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Today at a conference

for headteachers, the government

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promised to address these issues.

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For the rest of this Parliament,

there will be no new additional

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statutory tests or assessments

for primary schools.

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No further changes to the national

curriculum, and no more reform

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of GCSEs and A-levels.

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Stability in schools

was the message.

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The government accepting it needed

to work harder to relieve

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pressures in the classroom.

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Elaine Dunkley, BBC News.

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The nephew of the actress Liz Hurley

has been stabbed repeatedly

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in a street in South London

by a group of men.

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Miles Hurley - a 21-year-old model -

was one of two men injured

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in the knife attack on Thursday.

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He remains in hospital,

but police say his condition

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is not life-threatening.

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Talks are going on in Brussels

between the EU and US trade

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representatives about

President Trump's plans

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to introduce import tariffs

on steel and aluminium.

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President Trump has suggested US

allies might not be affected

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by the move and Britain has said it

will seek an exemption.

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Our Europe Correspondent Adam

Fleming is in Brussels.

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These meetings are ongoing. What do

we expect to hear later?

This is

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described as an meeting rather than

the meeting. I think it may not be

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described as conclusive. Talks

between the EU trade commissioner,

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had Japanese counterpart and the US

trader sensitive has taken on added

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significance. The EU wants to know

if it will escape potential tariffs

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like Canada and Mexico appear to be

doing. If they don't escape than the

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European Commission is planning its

own levies on iconic American

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products like Harley-Davidsons and

Florida orange juice. If they do

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escape, they will still be pretty

worried about what all this means

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for the future of the global trading

system.

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The National Rifle Association

is suing the state of Florida,

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after it passed a gun control law

in the wake of a school shooting

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last month that left 17 people dead.

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The bill raises the legal age

for buying rifles in the state

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to 21, and also allows training

and arming of some school staff.

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But the NRA says it's a violation

of the US Constitution.

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And the right to bear arms.

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With all the sport,

here's Mike Bushell

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at the BBC Sport Centre.

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With news of the UK's first medal at

the Winter Paralympics.

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Great Britain have their first

medal of the Winter

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Paralympics in Pyeongchang,

and it's gone to the visually

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imparied skier Millie Knight,

who only last year wondered,

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if she'd be fit, in time

to make the Games.

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Kate Grey reports from South Korea.

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The opening run of the Paralympics.

Their moment in the spotlight didn't

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last long, the unpredictable adhere

of the downhill proving too much,

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and they crashed out on the first

bend. Luckily, no harm done. Over to

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the reigning world champions. Millie

Knight, who only has 5% vision, and

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her guide Brett Wild, have had their

own experience of crashing on the

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Pyeongchang slopes last year. But

those demons were clearly put to

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rest today as they negotiated the

course and safely cross the line to

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win silver, Britain's first medal of

these games.

We're just so excited

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to have a Paralympic medal under our

belts. It's also our best results

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this season, so we are peaking at

the right time.

You have a busy

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programme, the super G tomorrow.

We

are back up tomorrow at 4am to go

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again. So we will be leaving the

celebrating until the last evening.

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The British action wasn't just

confined to the snow. As we moved

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into the afternoon, there was a

fiercely contested match on the ice

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on folding with the wheelchair

curling team. Up against the world

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champions, Norway, it was no easy

task. Just over an hour of play, and

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it all came down to the final stone.

Norway had to score two points to

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take it to a deciding end.

It's not

good enough.

Britain's curling

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campaign off to a winning start.

Kate Gray, BBC News, Pyeongchang.

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There's a huge day ahead

in the Six Nations Championship,

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with Ireland, England and Scotland

all in with a chance

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of taking the title.

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Our sports correspondent,

Joe Wilson, is in Dublin,

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where Ireland take on Scotland.

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And Joe, both teams have reason

to feel confident, don't they?

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I think so. At this stage on

Saturday it's tempting to delve into

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these statistics to see what will

happen. Ireland have such a strong

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record in Dublin and looking for

their 11th consecutive victory. What

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has been so impressive from them is

the way they have brought in new

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players to the team but have still

retained the know-how and ability to

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get over the line in games. We saw

that especially against France.

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Scotland, in contrast, with a dismal

record away from home anywhere

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except Italy. But what do they have?

The memory of what they did against

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England, the knowledge they can play

their style of rugby and beat a big

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team. If they do go that fast and

loose style of rugby again today, I

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think it will open up the

possibility of Ireland scoring tries

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as well. Who knows how crucial a

bonus point might be by the end of

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the day.

And whatever goes on in

Dublin will have a big knock on

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effect for England in Paris. How

would you rate their confidence?

If

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you look at what Eddie Jones has

done in the build-up to this game,

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making big changes in the team, you

would suggest there is a sudden lack

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of confidence in at him.

Interestingly, the players he hasn't

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changed, especially in the back row

and forwards, people some wanted

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changing. Owen Farrell the captain

with the injury to Dylan Hartley.

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It'll be interesting to see how he

goes about that, especially how he

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reacts to the referee. Owen Farrell

likes to play on the edge. Eddie

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Jones has said he wants leadership

in every kind of position, to change

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the style of play if the referees

officiating in a certain way and if

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the game is not going to plan.

Fascinating to see how England get

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on in Paris today. It wouldn't

surprise me to be speaking here at

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around 7pm this evening reflecting

on Ireland being six Nations

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champions.

And there would be some

party there, I'm sure if that were

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the case.

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Jonny Bairstow hit a century

as England beat New Zealand by seven

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wickets in Christchurch,

to win the series 3-2.

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There were three wickets

apiece for Chris Woakes

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and Adil Rashid as New Zealand,

were bowled out for 223, before

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England cruised to their target.

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And back in form Marcus Rashford has

scored twice for Manchester United

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in their Premier League

match against Liverpool.

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It's approaching half

time at Old Trafford -

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2-0 still the score.

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41 minutes played. Marcus Rashford

with both goals. All over Liverpool

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like a rash!

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You can see more on all of today's

stories on the BBC News Channel.

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The next news on BBC

One is at 7:00pm.

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Bye for now.

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