Ireland win Six Nations and first Grand Slam in Dublin | Rugby news

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

Ireland wrapped up their fourth Six Nations Grand Slam with a 29-16 victory over England at the Aviva Stadium, underlining their status as the world’s top-ranked Rugby Union team heading into September’s World Cup.

The Irish went into the championship as favorites and swept through it to make a huge statement six months before the Rugby World Cup, where they have never won a knock-out game.

A month after beating the defending champions and second-placed France at home, Ireland played a game but no match for England and collected maximum points from a packed Lansdowne Road win and a minimum of four tries.

Andy Farrell’s side deserved their clean sweep, winning all of their games by 13 or more points and ending France’s 14-match unbeaten run in one of the best league games in recent memory.

Two tries from Dan Sheehan and one each from Robbie Henshaw and Rob Herring ensured Ireland moved ahead of France into second and Scotland into third, while a third defeat to England left them fourth.

Captain Jonathan Sexton had a perfect dismissal in his final Six Nations with a second Grand Slam. and the league’s all-time scoring record. He limped to a standing ovation six minutes in.

The 37-year-old surpassed Ronan O’Gara’s 560, half his predecessor’s tally, in his 60th and final Six Nations Test. O’Gara played 63.

O’Gara remains Ireland’s all-time record holder with 1,083 points and Sexton with 1,050 before the start of the game against England.

Best of all for the home fans, in the middle of the St Patrick’s Day weekend celebrations, Ireland sealed a Grand Slam in Dublin for the first time since they held it at Twickenham (2018), Cardiff (2009) and Belfast (1948).

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