Ireland win the Six Nations and their first Grand Slam in Dublin | Rugby News

The 29-16 win over England is Ireland’s first Six Nations title since 2018 and the fourth Grand Slam.

Ireland completed their fourth Six Nations Grand Slam with a 29-16 win over England at the Aviva Stadium, powerfully underlining their status as the world’s top-ranked rugby union team ahead of September’s World Cup .

The Irish entered the Championship as favorites and swept it away to make a huge statement six months from the Rugby World Cup, where they have never won a knockout tie.

A month after beating defending champions and second-placed France at home, Ireland managed a game but England fell short and took maximum points from a win and a minimum of four tries on a jam-packed Lansdowne Road.

Andy Farrell’s side were worthy of their clean sweep, winning all of their games by 13 points or more and ending France’s 14-game unbeaten streak en route in one of the best games in history. championship in recent memory.

Two tries from Dan Sheehan and one each from Robbie Henshaw and Rob Herring saw Ireland finish ahead of second-place France and third-place Scotland while a third defeat for England left them behind. fourth place.

Captain Jonathan Sexton received the perfect send-off in his final Six Nations match with a second Grand Slam and the championship’s all-time points record. He limped off with six minutes to go to a standing ovation.

The 37-year-old rose to 560 points to overtake Ronan O’Gara, his predecessor as fly-half, in his 60th and final Six Nations Test. O’Gara played 63.

O’Gara remains Ireland’s top scorer with 1,083 points and Sexton with 1,050 going into the game against England.

Better still for local fans amid St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebrations, it was the first time Ireland sealed the Grand Slam in Dublin after doing so at Twickenham (2018), Cardiff (2009 ) and Belfast (1948).

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