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Ireland clinches Six Nations Grand Slam with victory over England

With a victory of 29-16 over England in Dublin, Ireland has won their fourth Six Nations Grand Slam.

This win gives the side an enormous boost and underlines their status as the top-ranked team in the world ahead of the September World Cup in France.

England came within one point of an upset in the final 20 minutes, despite only playing with 14 men during the second half.

Image: England’s Jack van Poortvliet tackles Ireland’s Dan Sheehan. Pic: AP

However, late tries by Robbie Henshaw and Rob Herring as well as a second for man of the match Dan Sheehan ensured Ireland’s 15th and fifth championships since 2009.


Johnny Sexton, Ireland captain, said that it was impossible to imagine it – it was like living in a dream.

“We didn’t play our best, but bloody hell – what a team.

“What a group of coaches.

It’s amazing to come here and win on St Patrick’s Weekend. What a day!

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After a 53-10 loss to France, England was hoping to regain pride.

On Saturday night, Captain Owen Farrell stated that he thought the team showed a lot of fight.

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“Obviously, the game has changed with the card [Freddie Steward was sent to the bench at the stroke of half-time after Hugo Keenan’s arm], but we still showed a lot of fight and kept going.

“We have built some foundations over six years, but we are determined to be a better group.”

England came in fourth place after France and Scotland. It was fifth, and another wooden spoon for Italy.


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