Luke McLean of Italy is tackled by Ben Youngs of England during the RBS Six Nations match England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on March 10, 2013 in London, England.
Luke McLean of Italy is tackled by Ben Youngs of England during the RBS Six Nations match England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on March 10, 2013 in London, England. Julian Finney / Getty Images

McLean helps give England a scare in close Six Nations clash

ITALY'S Queensland winger Luke McLean did his best to give England a huge scare in the Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Monday.

McLean, who grew up in Brisbane and played alongside David Pocock and Will Genia in the Wallaby side that won the Under-19 World Cup in 2006, scored the only try of the game as the unbeaten English kept their Grand Slam hopes alive with an unconvincing 18-11win.

He qualifies to play for the Azzurri through his grandparents and has earned 44 Test caps since leaving Australia in 2007 after he had turned down a training deal with the Western Force.

England's win means if it beats Wales in Cardiff on Saturday it will be crowned Six Nations champions, with a grand slam to boot, for the first time since 2003.

However, a Welsh win would deny England the grand slam, and if the defending champions triumph by eight points or more they will also win the championship.

If Wales win by seven points, the title will be decided on try count and the Welsh have so far managed seven compared to England's five.
 



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