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Ireland win Six Nations and first Grand Slam in Dublin

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

Ireland have completed their fourth Six Nations Grand Slam with a 29-16 victory over England at the Aviva Stadium, emphatically underlining their status as the world’s highest-ranked Rugby team ahead of the World Cup in September.

The Irish entered the championship as favorites and swept it to make a big statement six months before the Rugby World Cup, where they never won a knockout match.

A month after beating defending champions and second-placed France at home, Ireland managed a game but inadequate win over England and picked up the most points from a win and a minimum of four tries in a packed Lansdowne Road.

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

Two tries from Dan Sheehan and one from Robbie Henshaw and Rob Herring ensured Ireland finished ahead of France in second place and Scotland in third, while a third defeat for England left them in fourth place.

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

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

O’Gara remains Ireland’s overall record points scorer at 1,083 with Sexton at 1,050 points before the match against England began.

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

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