Ireland announce details of Grand Slam homecoming on Sunday

Ireland announce details of Grand Slam homecoming on Sunday

They were a distinct second in every aspect of the game.

Ireland game is absolutely massive and the fact that it happened to fall on St. Patrick's Day has only added to the spectacle.

England did capitalise on their man advantage when a clever grubber kick from Owen Farrell, switched to fly-half from centre after Jones dropped George Ford, behind the Irish defence led to a 32nd-minute try for Daly. To celebrate this, TV3 is set to broadcast a rugby special tomorrow, entitled Ireland's Grand Slam, as the winners return home.

They had the benefit of the reviews for their first and third tries.

Tries from Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale saw Ireland secure a third Grand Slam in their history with a 24-15 win at a bitingly cold Twickenham.

The TMO again ruled in their favour as Stockdale knocked on - legally - with his knee before diving on the ball for his 11th try in his nine internationals to send Ireland in 21-5 ahead. England had the benefit of reviews in their victories over Australia and Wales this season and the tries were a reflection of the superiority of Ireland, who were clinically accurate.

Johnny Sexton has been hugely influential for Ireland in this campaign and it was his pin-point up-and-under that helped them make the flawless start at Twickenham.

First the TMO ruled that Ringrose had fairly reached the ball after Anthony Watson spilled a Sexton up and under before Stander skidded into the base of a post after Bundee Aki had blasted through the English midfield.

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Ireland completed a Six Nations Grand Slam with a 24-15 win against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Ireland were full value for this victory, scoring three tries and defending superbly.

But, summing up England's day and entire championship, Farrell uncharacteristically failed to convert any of them and the score did nothing other than slightly delay the Irish celebrations.

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.

"This win is as valuable as the win against England", said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend, whose side claimed their first away championship win since beating Italy two years ago. England have not suddenly become an very bad side, but they were made to look not so much ordinary here as peripheral. Twice Ireland stopped England's lineout driving maul illegally and on the second occasion, Peter O'Mahony was yellow-carded.

Brown was on the field for Watson, who rolled his left ankle in the opening half, and Danny Care provided a brief uplift from the bench, but the more England attacked, the more they highlighted how they lacked the accuracy of their opponents and the collective understanding.

While Ireland had already wrapped up the title before the final match, Best said it was crucial to make a statement at the home of the deposed champions.

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