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Saturday 17 March 2018, 10:45am EDT

England v Ireland

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  • FT
  • TRY!Jonny May
  • TRY!Elliot Daly
  • Penalty GoalConor Murray
  • ConversionJoey Carbery
  • HT
  • TRY!Jacob Stockdale
  • TRY!Elliot Daly
  • Yellow CardPeter O'Mahony
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!CJ Stander
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Garry Ringrose
  • KO


Match Stats
Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
England T C P
15 Anthony Watson 0 0 0
14 Jonny May 1 0 0
13 Jonathan Joseph 0 0 0
12 Ben Te'o 0 0 0
11 Elliot Daly 2 0 0
10 Owen Farrell 0 0 0
9 Richard Wigglesworth 0 0 0
1 Mako Vunipola 0 0 0
2 Dylan Hartley 0 0 0
3 Kyle Sinckler 0 0 0
4 Maro Itoje 0 0 0
5 George Kruis 0 0 0
6 Chris Robshaw 0 0 0
7 James Haskell 0 0 0
8 Sam Simmonds 0 0 0
16 Jamie George 0 0 0
17 Joe Marler 0 0 0
18 Dan Cole 0 0 0
19 Joe Launchbury 0 0 0
20 Don Armand 0 0 0
21 Danny Care 0 0 0
22 George Ford 0 0 0
23 Mike Brown 0 0 0
Ireland T C P
15 Rob Kearney 0 0 0
14 Keith Earls 0 0 0
13 Garry Ringrose 1 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 0 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 1 0 0
10 Johnny Sexton 0 2 0
9 Conor Murray 0 0 1
1 Cian Healy 0 0 0
2 Rory Best 0 0 0
3 Tadhg Furlong 0 0 0
4 James Ryan 0 0 0
5 Iain Henderson 0 0 0
6 Peter O'Mahony 0 0 0
7 Dan Leavy 0 0 0
8 CJ Stander 1 0 0
16 Sean Cronin 0 0 0
17 Jack McGrath 0 0 0
18 Andrew Porter 0 0 0
19 Devin Toner 0 0 0
20 Jordi Murphy 0 0 0
21 Kieran Marmion 0 0 0
22 Joey Carbery 0 1 0
23 Jordan Larmour 0 0 0


Six Nations

5 England 86 10
1 Ireland 85 26
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  • What a day for Ireland; a day that will live long in the memory. Nine years after they achieved it for the first time in the NatWest 6 Nations, Joe Schmidt's men make history with their third-ever Grand Slam. Rory Best's side have created something truly special across this Championship - and there is arguably no better place for them to finish it than at Twickenham against their biggest rivals. England will have a lot of work to do ahead of the summer and a tour of South Africa - but today belongs to the men in green. Congratulations to Ireland; 2018 NatWest 6 Nations champions and Grand Slam winners! Thank you very much for joining us and have a great weekend!
  • It's another missed conversion - not that it affects the result. Ireland are not only 2018 NatWest 6 Nations champions, they are Grand Slam winners! On a snowy afternoon in London, Irish history is made at Twickenham; they have written a legacy that will last for generations. At full-time, it finishes England 15-24 Ireland.
  • Try
    TRY: England 15-24 Ireland. At the death, Jonny May is in for a consolation score in the right corner - and one that helps them avoid a record Championship defeat at Twickenham. It will make no difference other than narrowing the gap - Ireland have made some history here today.
  • It's too late to change the result but England are determined to come up with a score to sign off with. They get another penalty for Ireland coming off their feet and Care scoots close from 20m out before being brought down.
  • England turn over the ball in the ruck and then get a penalty advantage - one they are awarded as Haskell misses a pass that goes out into touch.
  • Brown reckons he's in at the corner on the ninth phase but Ireland do just enough to put him into touch and deny him the score.
  • England have the ball back in hand and a Brown run down the left nearly gets them away down the wing. Can they finish with a flourish?
  • Penalty to Ireland now as they force a scrum collapse from England - and they celebrate with hearty backslaps all round. They're seconds away from a brilliant Grand Slam.
  • Earls looks in bad shape after a knock and the Ireland winger is helped from the field. He's had a brilliant Championship - every Irishman has. The Grand Slam is surely theirs now as England pack down for the scrum.
  • Care tries to raise the tempo and give England a chance, with Daly going down the wing - and Larmour manages to rip it out one-handed for a knock-on.
  • Carbery is the man with kicking duties - and he just hooks it wide to the left from 45m out. England get possession on the 22 and will try to work their way back past the wall of green.
  • Ireland get a penalty now after Marler takes out Carbery off the ball and the visitors will go for goal to further secure their lead.
  • May manages to shuffle Stockdale into touch as the winger comes down the left wing from the restart and England get the defensive line-out 10m away from their own in-goal area.
  • A missed conversion for England keeps them adrift by two converted scores.
  • Try
    TRY: England 10-24 Italy. Do the hosts have a sniff of a chance here? Daly is in at the left corner for his second, after a Ford and Farrell combo releases Brown down the flank, with the fullback serving up a great offload. The hosts now trail by fourteen points.
  • A turnover penalty for England now as O'Mahony fails to release the ball in the tackle.
  • England get a scrum from the restart and Ford flings it wide for Daly who grubbers through and chases himself. Ringrose grounds in-goal and Ireland will drop out on the 22 mark.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: England 5-24 Ireland. Murray adds the three points as the game enters the final quarter and that very well could be the Grand Slam. It's a huge uphill battle for England now to deny their visitors.
  • Penalty advantage now as England are pinged for not rolling away from the tackle again, which Ireland get after Ringrose is held up over the line. Conor Murray is to go for goal.
  • Penalty to Ireland now for a failure to clear the ruck and the visitors secure the line-out 15m away from the English try-line which they attack through Furlong and Kearney.
  • Daly takes a Sexton high ball and calls his mark as George Ford arrives for Joseph.
  • The game is halted as Bundee Aki is taken from the field for a HIA after a nasty knock with Joseph.
  • A host of changes for both sides; Jack McGrath arrives for Ireland and Joe Marler and Dan Cole are on for England.
  • Penalty to England now as from the line-out, Ireland cross the resulting maul trying to push it downfield.
  • A brilliant chip-and-chase from Ringrose almost gets the centre through but Brown does just enough to come up with the ball and clear.
  • Penalty to Ireland now as England collapse the scrum and the visitors waltz downfield away from danger.
  • A box kick attempt by Carbery for Stockdale is hooked up by May instead and England come away through Brown, before they knock on under pressure.
  • It's a superb defensive effort from Ireland, as they hold out England over 15 phases, and then they win the penalty as Daly is deemed to have rolled Kearney off in the tackle with a neck pull.
  • England pile the pressure on Ireland as May is fed by Hartley from the Irish clearing kick - and Daly is nearly in at the corner, with Kearney just managing to haul him across the touchline.
  • Farrell tries for another crossfield kick out to Daly on the left wing but the ball skips just out in front of him for an Irish defensive line-out.
  • We're back underway at Twickenham as Ireland chase that Grand Slam - and look to inflict upon England their first home loss since the 2015 World Cup. Do the hosts have something up their sleeve to spark a fightback?
  • Ireland have a hand on their third-ever Grand Slam, thanks to tries from Gary Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale in what has been a match very much living up to the hype. England trail by over two scores yet are turning in a good showing themselves; but it will take something special to spoil this St Patrick's Day party in London. At half-time, it's England 5-21 Ireland.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: England 5-21 Ireland. Joey Carbery adds the extras and Ireland have a 16-point lead going into the break at Twickenham in what has been a pulsating game of rugby in the NatWest 6 Nations!
  • Try
    TRY: England 5-19 Ireland. History is made for Jacob Stockdale! He gets the try - his seventh in this NatWest 6 Nations campaign, more than any other player in history, and helps Ireland put one hand on the Grand Slam. What a hammer-blow to deliver before the break.
  • Is that a try for Jacob Stockdale? The Ireland winger chips and chases his own kick down the left wing - and despite the efforts of the England defence to knock it out, he manages to ground it in the deep in-goal area. The TMO is having a look to see if it has come off his hand in the build-up.
  • Back-to-back penalties for Ireland now again, this time as Itoje brings down Leavy in mid-air. The visitors have the line-out 30m away from the England try-line.
  • Great work from Henderson as, from the maul, the lock earns the turnover by keeping Itoje from releasing. The visitors get a follow-up penalty - and opt for a scrum rather than go for length and a line-out.
  • Wigglesworth puts a lovely box kick on Earls, who is out of place; Kearney clears out, and gives England the attacking line-out just inside the Ireland half.
  • Just over three minutee left for O'Mahony off the field as Ireland come on the attack down the left through Ringrose, with the centre held up on halfway by Chris Robshaw.
  • Farrell misses the conversion, so the hosts remain nine points down - but more pressing worries involve Anthony Watson, who picked up an injury in the build-up. Mike Brown is on in his place at full-back as the game restarts.
  • Try
    TRY: England 5-14 Ireland. Elliot Daly strikes back for the hosts! Farrell opens up the Irish defence from 40m out and a 12-phase passage camped on the try-line eventually opens up a gap for the fly-half to poke a grubber through to the left corner for the winger.
  • Ireland pinch the line-out through Sexton, though he appeared to knock on in the process. The referee waves away England's protests - though he does stop the game after the fly-half's clearing kick so that he can be attended to for a bloody nose.
  • Yellow Card
    A fourth penalty now for England from a collapsed maul - and this time, a yellow card is shown to Ireland, with Peter O'Mahony the man sent to the sin bin for ten minutes, with another attacking line-out for the hosts.
  • England's driving maul isn't great but they get a penalty for Ireland coming in too early. Their second attempt is better until Kruis loses the ball again - but the hosts get a third penalty in a row, as Henderson is deemed to have been offside in collecting it.
  • A pass from Jonathan Joseph goes behind Daly and the winger knocks on as he tries to regather after a hit from Aki. The referee isn't happy with it though and after consultation with the TMO, gives a penalty to England for a no-arms tackle.
  • It's a superb kick-off from England to restart and Daly manages to scoot under it after Ireland are caught napping. Great chance for the hosts here.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: England 0-14 Ireland. Sexton adds the extras from bang in front and England face a tough task to haul themselves back right now.
  • Try
    TRY: England 0-12 Ireland. Stander gets the score! Ireland have their second try and are well and truly on their way to a Grand Slam.
  • Is that a second try for Ireland? Bundee Aki makes a great break in midfield and offloads to CJ Stander who, under a huddle of England bodies, appears to ground the ball at the post. The referee wants a second look though and asks the TMO for further clarification.
  • Off the post! Sexton's kick drifts to one side from bang in front and hits the right upright to allow Owen Farrell the chance to clear.
  • Again, the hosts give the ball away too easily as George Kruis drops it and then Kyle Sinckler is penalised for coming off his feet in the tackle. Sexton will go for goal.
  • After a third collapse for not driving straight, England get the penalty and slot it downfield for a line-out just inside their own half on the right.
  • Some soft flurries of snow begin to fall over Twickenham as the scrum is reset after two collapses. Eventually, the referee takes the captains out again to address the situation.
  • Ireland work their way through the phases, led by Dan Leavy and CJ Stander, with James Haskell leading the England defence on their right flank. Kearney puts a fast pass to the blindside a moment later and looks to have given Aki the overlap - but the centre knocks on and the hosts are let off the hook.
  • Another scrum collapse sees the referee address the problem with both captains before packing down again.
  • Best is unable to find his way through the English defensive line on halfway and then Watson returns Sexton's eighth-phase kick with aplomb - only for the hosts to cough up the ball again with an accidental offside. Scrum to Ireland 30m out from the try-line.
  • An easy penalty for Ireland now as Itoje is pinged for offside at the box kick. The visitors are making some easy metres here.
  • The resulting scrum cracks up once before the ball can be fed and the second looks on the verge of collapse too before the ball is smuggled out wide to Aki.
  • Penalty to England now in a good position, 20m out, as Earls comes off his feet in the tackle. They go for the line-out which Itoje comes up with but Ireland collapse the maul and get the ball themselves with some great work.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: England 0-7 Ireland. Sexton adds the extras from out wide on the left and Ireland are in the driving seat.
  • Try
    TRY: England 0-5 Ireland. Ringrose is awarded the score! It was a tester of a kick from Sexton and Watson's failure to deal with it has put his side on the back-foot. The visitors hit the front inside these opening minutes.
  • Sexton puts up a high ball to the left corner where Watson is; the England full-back bobbles and fails to deal, and in the resulting attempt to clear, Ringrose dives on the ball to score what he thinks is the opening try. The referee wants a second look though - did Watson ground it before the Ireland centre? The TMO is pressed into action.
  • An early penalty now to Ireland as Kearney is deemed to have been hit late by Farrell as the England man chased his own kick. Jonathan Sexton puts it long and now the visitors are 30m away on the right from the hosts' try-line.
  • A defensive line-out for Ireland sees Earls pinned back by Itoje and Conor Murray eventually manages to get the ball downfield and away from danger.
  • Wigglesworth goes chasing an Owen Farrell kick down the left wing that Keith Earls fails to deal with, forcing Rob Kearney to sweep in and collect. Garry Ringrose's kick only finds Elliot Daly and England come again.
  • We're underway at Twickenham for this NatWest 6 Nations match as Championship winners Ireland search for a Grand Slam! It's the visitors who kick off and after Maro Itoje coughs up, Iain Henderson makes a bruising run - only to give the ball away in turnover to Richard Wigglesworth whose short kick allows Dylan Hartley a chance to gain good metres.
  • The teams are out for the national anthems.
  • Jacob Stockdale has scored six tries this campaign, twice as many as any other player; no player has ever scored seven in an edition of the Championship since Italy joined at the turn of the millennium, though Cyril Lowe, Ian Smith and Bill Stewart all managed it in the previous century.
  • England are also the only side yet to lose a scrum on their own feed in this year’s Championship, having won all 18; Ireland have the second-best rate after them with 97%, losing just one of their 30 scrums overall.
  • England’s victory will not only deny their opponents a Grand Slam but will also help them avoid three consecutive Championship losses for the first time since 2006, when they fell to Scotland, France and Ireland, handing the latter the triple crown at Twickenham on the final day.
  • Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Jordi Murphy, Kieran Marmion, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour
  • Ireland: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (c), Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Peter O'Mahony, Dan Leavy, CJ Stander
  • Replacements: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Don Armand, Danny Care, George Ford, Mike Brown
  • England XV: Anthony Watson, Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Te'o, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley (c), Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Sam Simmonds
  • Team news now, and Jones has rung the changes, relegating George Ford and Danny Care to the bench and handing Richard Wigglesworth his first start of his tenure as Dylan Hartley returns from injury. Schmidt meanwhile makes just the one switch; Iain Henderson starts in place of Devin Toner who takes the lock’s place on the bench.
  • For England, a win would help steady the ship after a tough campaign that has cast doubts over their 2019 World Cup credentials, but also would serve up a spot of revenge for the hosts too; they were denied their own Grand Slam last year in Dublin on the final day of the Championship by Ireland, who also spoiled the chance of such an achievement in 2002 and 2011 on the last weekend.
  • Ireland won’t need any additional reason to be fired up but the emergence of a video of England head coach Eddie Jones using a derogatory term to describe them has been a talking point in the build-up to today’s game. The looming spectre of history itself is enough to drive the visitors on today; victory would also further consolidate their new world ranking position of second.
  • Hello and welcome, from around the world, to live coverage of the final day of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations, as Ireland look to complete their third-ever Grand Slam in a thrilling St Patrick’s Day clash. Joe Schmidt’s men have been in imperious form throughout the campaign – at the final hurdle, can they put their hosts to bed at Twickenham to write their own chapter in the legacy of Irish rugby?

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