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France and England maintain winning World Cup starts

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France turned on the style in the second half to beat a gutsy Canada 46-19 in their second Pool A match of the Rugby World Cup on Sunday.

Vincent Clerc scored three tries and Morgan Parra was lethal with the boot in Napier as Les Blues moved level with hosts and Pool A rivals New Zealand, who they play next weekend.

Earlier in the day an indisciplined England beat a tough Georgia side 41-10 in Dunedin to maintain their winning start to the competition.

Martin Jonhson’s men came through with the bonus-point to join Scotland at the top of the pool standings with nine points.

Wales came from behind to edge past Samoa in a bruising Pool D contest in Hamilton keeping alive their hopes of qualifying following an opening defeat to champions South Africa.