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Coaches who have won Six Nations Grand Slam in first full season

Eddie Jones joined an exclusive coaching club by leading England to the RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam with a 31-21 triumph over France in Paris on Saturday.

Only three coaches had previously masterminded a Six Nations clean sweep in their first full season at the helm, and Australian Jones is the first England boss to achieve that feat.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the men Jones is now bracketed with.


Age: 56.

Born: Blaina, south Wales.

Playing career: Blaina, Tredegar, Swansea, Wales B.

Coaching career: Swansea, Leinster, Ebbw Vale, Newport Gwent Dragons, Wales, Worcester, Ireland Under-20s.

Wales appointment: Took over towards the end of the 2004 Six Nations, replacing Steve Hansen.

Grand Slam glory: 2005 - beat England 11-9, Italy 38-8, France 24-18, Scotland 46-22, Ireland 32-20.

Total points scored: 151.

Total tries scored: 17.

History man: It was Wales' first Grand Slam since a Five Nations clean sweep in 1978.


Age: 56.

Born: Ballincollig, County Cork.

Playing career: University College Cork, Dolphin RFC.

Coaching career: Ireland Under-19s, Munster, Newport Gwent Dragons, Leinster, Munster, Ireland.

Ireland appointment: Landed the job in May 2008, taking over from Eddie O'Sullivan.

Grand Slam glory: 2009 - beat France 30-21, Italy 38-9, England 14-13, Scotland 22-15, Wales 17-15.

Total points scored: 121.

Total tries scored: 12.

History man: It was Ireland's first championship Grand Slam for 61 years, and only their second in Five and Six Nations history.


Age: 52.

Born: Hamilton, New Zealand.

Playing career: Waikato, New Zealand.

Coaching career: Galwegians RFC, Thames Valley, Connacht, Ireland, Wasps, Waikato, Wales, British and Irish Lions.

Wales appointment: Succeeded Gareth Jenkins as full-time head coach in November 2007 after Jenkins was dismissed following a poor World Cup campaign.

Grand Slam glory: 2008 - beat England 26-19, Scotland 30-15, Italy 47-8, Ireland 16-12, France 29-12.

Total points scored: 148.

Total tries scored: 13.

History man: It was arguably the most remarkable turnaround in Welsh rugby history, given that Wales had made a World Cup pool-stage exit just six months earlier.


Age: 56.

Born: Burnie, Tasmania.

Playing career: Randwick, New South Wales.

Coaching career: Randwick, Tokai University, Suntory Sungoliath, Brumbies, Australia, Queensland Reds, Saracens, Japan, England.

England appointment: Took over late last year from Stuart Lancaster following host nation England's dismal World Cup campaign.

Grand Slam glory: 2016 - beat Scotland 15-9, Italy 40-9, Ireland 21-10, Wales 25-21, France 31-21.

Total points scored: 132.

Total tries scored: 13.

History man: It was England's first Six Nations Grand Slam since the World Cup-winning year of 2003.


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