Ireland 29-16 England RECAP: Hosts clinch historic Grand Slam in Dublin

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That's all folks!

That concludes our live coverage of Ireland's triumphant Grand Slam victory in Dublin, but make sure you stay tuned across the Sports page for more Six Nations news and updates.

For now, take a look a NIK SIMON'S full report from the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.

Bye for now!


FULL TIME: Ireland 29-16 England

That's it! Ireland are Grand Slam champions!

What a performance from the hosts. Fully deserved!

Next stop - the World Cup? 


Conversion missed: Ireland 29-16 England

79' - Byrne misses the conversion but Ireland won't care much. They're still claiming this Grand Slam.


TRY! Ireland 29-16 England

77' - Dublin will be noisy tonight!

Ireland make use of the two-man advantage and storm England's attack. Rob Herring bundles the ball over the line for Ireland's fourth.

Game. Set. Match.


Oh dear...

76' - More misery for England!

Willis goes into the sin bin after a reckless tackle in the middle of the park.


Sexton bows out

74' - Sexton hobbles off with injury. That could be concerning for Ireland's World Cup hopes later this year.


Conversion: Ireland 24-16 England

74' - Owen Farrell converts from the tee and brings the deficit to eight points.


TRY! Ireland 24-14 England

73' - Where did this come from?!

England's pack drives to the line and Jamie George bundles it over for the try.

Could there be late drama?


Conversion: Ireland 24-9 England

70' - Easily his toughest kick of the match so far, but Sexton drills it over the posts with ease. If this is his last Six Nations match, what a performance from the veteran.


TRY! Ireland 22-9 England

69' - Sheehan does it again! Ireland are really making the most of the extra man.

The hosts go to the short side once again and Conan offloads brilliantly to Sheehan on the right wing, who just has enough to evade the tackle and leap over the line.

Surely that's the Grand Slam for Ireland now!


Cole makes it to 100 caps

68' - Big moment for Dan Cole as he makes it to 100 England caps. 

Can his experience inspire an England comeback?



65' - Genge and Dombrandt make way for Vunipola and Curry, who is now out of the blood bin.


Conversion: Ireland 17-9 England

64' - Sexton extends the lead. Of course he does!


TRY! Ireland 15-9 England

62' - ireland play it short from the scrum and quickly win a penalty advantage. Gibson-Park switches the play back to the blindside and Ireland find the open man Henshaw, who charges over the line.

Could that be the try that wins them the Grand Slam?


Brilliant from Ireland

60' - Sexton kicks deep towards Watson and the winger does superbly to deal with the danger. Ireland swarm him in numbers and force him over the try line, winning a five-metre scrum.

Dangerous times for England. 



59' - O'Toole replaces Furlong for Ireland.

Meanwhile, Arundell comes off for Marchant.


A bit of afters...

57' - Ireland and England break out into a scuffle on the touchline as Van Poortvliet and Conan clash following a heavy tackle from the scrum-half.


Ireland change

56' - O'Mahony comes off for Conan as the hosts shake things up in the back row.


Mark called

55' - Gibson-Park gives Ireland much-needed breathing space as he calls for the mark following a fruitful period of possession from the visitors. 


England fired up

53' - England's defence force more errors from Ireland, winning a scrum after another knock-on in the back line.

Curry comes on for Willis as he goes into the blood bin.



53' - There's a short break in play here as Willis is patched up following a hefty tackle.


Penalty: Ireland 10-9 England

50' - Huge cheer from England's pack. They force a penalty after Ireland collapse the scrum, handing Farrell a big chance to claw back points from the tee.

He's got his eye in today and fires the penalty over the points from just outside the 22.


Great kick from England

48' - Farrell kicks a beautiful up-and-under to test Keenan, who fumbles the ball as Watson charges in, and England celebrate as they force a knock-on.

They've now got a scrum just outside Ireland's 22.


Watson wriggles free

47' - England hold firm in defence and turnover the ball, finding Watson in midfield.

Keen not to kick possession back to the hosts, Watson takes a risk and chooses to run with the ball, narrowly escaping a couple of big tackles.

He gets away with it - and it's a confidence England will need if they have any hope of overturning the deficit. But that was a close shave for sure...


Gibson-Park excites the Aviva

43' - Gibson-Park rides a challenge on the left flank and breaks clear of the England back line. He chooses to kick over the last defender, but it dribbles out for a lineout to England.

The visitors win the routine lineout and clear their lines.


Kicking game

42' - Both sides kick back and fourth as they feel their way into the second half. England eventually decide to run it with Watson and break into Ireland's half.



Sexton kicks off the second half as Ireland look to secure Grand Slam glory.


HALF TIME: England survive

The hosts lead 10-6 at the break, but will have an extra man throughout the rest of the match.

Advantage Ireland. Stay tuned!


Late drama!

40' - Keenan hits the deck in some pain and the referees review the incident. And it's terrible news for England.

Replays show Steward making contact with his shoulder on Keenan's head and the referees decide it is reckless and dangerous - sending him off with a straight red!

Huge boost for Ireland as they hunt down the Grand Slam. England are without their full-back now!


England caught offside

40' - Poor penalty to concede from England, as Itoje is called up for offside.

Ireland kick for touch on England's 10-metre line and will have one last surge before the clock winds down.


Ireland turnover

39' - Ireland look likely to head into the break in the lead after forcing a knock-on from England. They'll likely run it through the phases now.


Knock on

37' - Gibson-Park knocks the ball forward as he collects the ball from the ruck, handing England a scrum just inside Ireland's 10-metre line.


Sexton converts: Ireland 10-6 England

Reliable as ever, Sexton drills his conversion over the posts.


TRY! Ireland 8-6 England

33' - Great move from Ireland at the lineout!

Van de Flier breaks out at the lineout and dishes an inverted pass back to Sheehan, who drives forward and has the pace to reach the line.

What a roar as well from the Dublin crowd. 


Genge penalised

32' - Genge is caught offside and concedes a penalty, handing Sexton another chance to kick to touch.

They're deep in England's 22 now...


Ireland concede another penalty

30' - Ireland spin the scrum and concede a penalty, which England kicks to touch just inside the opposition's half.


Top defence from England

28' - A huge double tackle from Willis and Tuilagi brings another penalty in favour of England as Ireland are penalised for holding on. 

The hosts look sharp in attack but need to push the ball wider. England have pretty much had a lock on the centre of the park so far.

It's a hugely different performance in defence from Borthwick's men, considering they shipped 53 points last week.


Ireland kick to touch

27' - Ireland choose to kick to touch rather than for goal, which is probably the right decision considering the distance and angle of the kick.

They win the lineout and get bodies behind the ball in England's 22. This could be a great chance for the first try.


Territory game from England

25' - England are content to kick deep into Ireland's half at every opportunity at the moment - and it almost backfires as Henshaw breaks the line momentarily. 

Tuilagi recovers well to tackle the centre from behind, but the warnings signs are there for England.


Big tackle from Sexton

23' - Great attacking phase from England, but Sexton does well to tackle Steward out into touch as he charges for the line.

The crowd are going wild inside the Aviva. What a Test match this is turning into!


England back on top

22' - Great response from England as they push deep into Irish territory and ask questions of the opposition defence.

The pack does well to push Ireland back, but the move breaks down as it's whipped out to the backs, and England have to regroup.


Penalty: Ireland 3-6 England

18' - Sexton claws three points back for Ireland, converting a long-distance penalty from just inside England's half.

Great kick from the veteran. He's now scored more Championship points than anyone else in the Six Nations.


Ireland bounce back

16' - Almost instantly from the restart, Ireland retrieve the ball and punch a hole in England's backline, charging towards the try line to ignite the home crowd.

Steward makes a crucial tackle to stop Keenan in his tracks and manage to turn the ball over, kicking long towards the halfway line.


Ireland 0-6 England

14' - Referee calls for a lineout penalty against Ireland and England play advantage, failing to capitalise as they push the ball wide to the right wing.

Farrell steps up and fires his penalty over from the left-hand side of the pitch, putting England six points ahead.

Great start from the fly-half.


Goal-line dropout

12' - Referee deems that the ball was held up and England get a goal-line dropout as a result, alleviating the pressure.

Close shave for the visitors there...


Ireland surge

12' - Ireland's backs explode into life in England's 22 and almost get through, but some tough defending from England holds them off temporarily.

The hosts try to take a tap-and-go penalty quickly and get over the line, but the referee is reviewing it with TMO. 


Great defending from Keenan

10' - England and Ireland break out into a kicking war but Keenan's excellent tackle in the middle of the park forces a penalty for the hosts. 


Penalty: Ireland 0-3 England

7' - The referee calls it back for the penalty, and Farrell thumps the ball over the posts.


England pressure

6' - England go through the phases deep in Ireland territory but the hosts hold strong with some tough tackling. England advantage. 


Spirited start

3' - Strong defending from England as the visitors force a turnover in the middle of the park and kick towards Ireland's 22.

Different energy levels from England so far - particularly in relation to what we saw last week against France.


Strong start from Ireland

1' - Steward makes a good early catch for England and instantly kicks back into Irish territory, as Lowe calls for the mark.

England concede a penalty soon after, and Ireland kick to touch.




Ireland's pursuit of the Grand Slam kicks off as Owen Farrell gets us underway in Dublin.


National Anthems

England up first as God Save the King rings out around the Aviva Stadium.

The crowd go absolutely bonkers as Ireland get ready to sing theirs. Amazing scenes here in Dublin.


10 minutes until kick-off!

Not long now until we get underway in Dublin...


France on top (for now)

France's 41-28 victory over Wales has just put Fabien Galthie's side at the summit of the Six Nations table, a point better off than Ireland ahead of their clash against England in Dublin.

Here's how the table looks as it stands.

1. France 20pts (Played: 5)

2. Ireland 19pts (Played: 4)

3. Scotland 15pts (Played: 5)

4. England 10pts (Played: 4)

5. Wales 6pts (Played: 5)

6. Italy 1pt (Played: 5)



Good evening everyone!

Thanks LEWIS BROWNING for providing Sportsmail's coverage ahead of this huge clash in Dublin so far. I'll be here to bring you all the latest updates and match action throughout the game, so make sure you stay tuned!

Kick-off is just over 15 minutes away, and Ireland now know that two points is enough to win the Six Nations.

A victory, and they've claimed the Grand Slam on home soil. Don't go anywhere!


France beat Wales

France have beaten Wales and it's over to Ireland to win and claim the title.

The pressure is on.


Ireland will 'destroy' England


England team to face Ireland

And that of England.

15 Freddie Steward, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Henry Arundell, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Jack van Poortvliet; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 David Ribbans, 5 Maro Itoje, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Alex Dombrandt.

Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Ben Curry, 21 Alex Mitchell, 22 Marcus Smith, 23 Joe Marchant.


Ireland team to face England

A reminder of the hosts' team this afternoon.

15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Mack Hansen, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park; 1 Andrew Porter, 2 Dan Sheehan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Ryan Baird, 5 James Ryan, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 Caelan Doris.

Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Tom O'Toole, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Jimmy O'Brien.


The thoughts of Sir Clive

England World Cup winning coach and Sportsmail columnist Sir Clive Woodward has had his say on England's current situation, and he's not held back.

Read more below.


Ireland on the verge of success

Win, and Ireland are champions. It's that simple.

They've won all four of their games so far and need just one more to lift the title.

We'll see if they can do it this evening.


England so far

It's not secret that this tournament hasn't gone well for England.

On the back of Eddie Jones' sacking and the appointment of Steve Borthwick, it's been an inconsistent run for the side.

They began their campaign with defeat to Scotland, then beat Italy and Wales before the hammering to France last week, going down 53-10.

Today will be a chance to restore some pride, but it won't be easy.


Where we're at

These two sides have had differing campaigns. England are fourth in the table and are way off the pace of what we've often been used to.

Ireland, however, are on the brink of victory. They could lift the trophy this evening.

If France beat Wales - which they likely will - then victory will secure the Grand Slam. But England are here to spoil the party.



Good afternoon everyone and Welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of Ireland vs England in the Six Nations this afternoon.

It's not been pretty for England. It probably won't be today. But Ireland fans are hoping.

We'll see.

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