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Grand Slam: Ireland beat England to complete clean sweep as Jacob Stockdale breaks Six Nations record

England 15-24 Ireland

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland completed a historic Grand Slam in style as they beat England in Twickenham for the first time in six years.

Three tries in the first half put them in a commanding position and while they managed only a penalty after the turn, it was enough for their third ever Slam.

A historic day for Ireland but for Jacob Stockdale too whose seventh try of the campaign set a new Six Nations record.

Garry Ringrose and CJ Stander had dotted down for Ireland before the Ulster wing did so on the stroke of half-time.

Elliot Daly had scored once in each half for the English but Jonny May going over in the last play of the game could do little to stop the Irish party.

ENGLAND: A Watson; J May, J Joseph, B Te’o, E Daly; O Farrell, R Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, D Hartley, K Sinckler; M Itoje, G Kruis; C Robshaw James Haskell, S Simmonds.

Replacements: J George (for Hartely, 57), J Marler (for Vunipola, 52), D Cole (for Sinckler, 52), J Launchbury (for Kruis, 68), D Armand (for Simmonds, 66), D Care, G Ford (for Joseph, 55), M Brown (for Watson, 33)

IRELAND: R Kearney; K Earls, G Ringrose, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray, C Healy, R Best(capt), T Furlong; J Ryan, I Henderson; P O’Mahony, D Leavy, CJ Stander.

Replacements: S Cronin (for Best, 64), J McGrath (for Healy, 50), A Porter (for Furlong, 64), D Toner (for Ryan, 66), J Murphy (for O’Mahony, 73), K Marmion (for Earls, 70), J Carbery (for Sexton, 66), J Larmour (for Aki, 55)

Referee: Angus Gardner

Man of the Match: T Furlong

Here's the match as it happened:


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