Ireland beat arch-enemy England to complete Grand Slam

England v Ireland: Six Nations – live!

A year ago in Dublin Ireland ended English grand slam hopes by handing Eddie Jones his first defeat as England coach and on Saturday they rubbed it in by giving him his first at Twickenham.

Garry Ringrose and CJ Stander stunned the shivering home faithful with a pair of tries that opened up a 14-0 lead, Irish fans - perhaps warmed by an early St Patrick's day drink or two - making themselves heard in huge numbers.

Exactly 60 minutes in, Conor Murray scored the first three points of the second half with a handsome kick, bringing Ireland to 24 points, but mere minutes later, England pushed back with a neat try, raising their score for the game to 10 and regaining possession.

Forced to play catch-up, England twice turned down a shot at goal and instead kicked a penalty into the corner.

England - Tries: Elliot Daly (2), Jonny May. Farrell's conversion went wide. It was the home side's first defeat here since the 2015 World Cup and their first at home in the Six Nations for six years. As the clock ticked past 41 minutes, Conor Murray sent Jacob Stockdale away down the blindside, with the left wing chipping over Mike Brown's head.

With Sexton off the field with a blood injury, Joey Carbery converted to give Ireland a commanding 16-point lead.

England started the second half superbly and but for an exceptional tap tackle by Earls on Daly four minutes in, the winger would have been in for his second try. Farrell's missed conversion kept the Ireland lead at 14 points. They finally scored a third try through Jonny May with the final move of the match to deny Ireland a record victory here, but the men in green were already celebrating something far more significant.

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Ireland set out their stall in this one from the off with several powerful carries and their physicality in the collisions and at the breakdown was brilliant.

Efficient rugby at its best from Ireland.

Furlong's role in the Stander try was remarkable. Eleven tries in nine Tests is an incredible strike rate, and his seven in a single Six Nations Championship has never been done by anyone before.

England finished outside the top three for the first time in 12 years and end as low as fifth - their worst performance in 35 years.

Some 70 years to the week since they completed their first Slam in the old Five Nations, Ireland had another, having also swept all before them in the 2009 Six Nations. The exact same order as this season!

England, seeking to avoid a third successive defeat in the competition for the first time since 2006, came out full of fire in the second half but came up against the disciplined, organised and hugely motivated defence that has been a key aspect in Ireland's march to the title.

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