Ireland win Six Nations and first Grand Slam in Dublin
The 29-16 victory over England was Ireland’s first Six Nations title since 2018 and their fourth Grand Slam.
Ireland beat England 29-16 at Aviva Stadium to complete their fourth-ever Six Nations Grand Slam, underlining their status as the world’s best-ranked rugby union team heading into September’s World Cup.
The Irishman entered the championship as a favorite and swept it to make a big statement six months after a Rugby World Cup he had never won in a knockout match.
A month after beating defending champions and second-placed France at home, Ireland handled the game but England fell short, taking maximum points from the win and the lowest at a packed Lansdowne Road. Got 4 tries.
Andy Farrell’s side beat France’s 14-game unbeaten record in one of the most memorable championship games of recent memory, winning every game by more than 13 points.
Two tries from Dan Sheehan and one each from Robbie Henshaw and Rob Herring saw Ireland finish second over France and third over Scotland.
Captain Jonathan Sexton was given a perfect send-off after completing his second Grand Slam in the final Six Nations game. And the all-time scoring record of the championship. He limped in six minutes and went to a standing ovation.
The 37-year-old scored 560 points in the 60th and final Six Nations Test, surpassing his predecessor Ronan Ogara as a fly-half. Ogara played in his 63.
Before the match against England began, O’Gara was Ireland’s all-time leading scorer with 1,083 and Sexton with 1,050.
Best of all for home fans in the midst of St Patrick’s Day weekend celebrations was Ireland’s first Grand Prix in Dublin after accomplishments in Twickenham (2018), Cardiff (2009) and Belfast (1948). It was to achieve the slam.