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The Ireland team celebrate with the Triple Crown and Six Nations trophies as they pose for their Six Nations Grand Slam victory after the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Ireland at the Twickenham, west London, on March 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
The Ireland team celebrate with the Triple Crown and Six Nations trophies as they pose for their Six Nations Grand Slam victory after the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Ireland at the Twickenham, west London, on March 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's hooker Rory Best holds the Six Nations trophy and Ireland's fly-half Jonathan Sexton (L) the Triple Crown as they celebrate their Six Nations Grand Slam victory after the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Ireland at the Twickenham, west London, on March 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland celebrate winning the Grand Slam during the NatWest 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2018. Paul Harding/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jacob Stockdale of Ireland on his way to touching down his sides third try during the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores his sides third try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2018. See PA story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: Paul Harding/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Conor Murray of Ireland kicks during the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland kicks at goal during the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: CJ Stander of Ireland touches down for the second try during the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Ireland's CJ Stander (right) on his way to scoring the second try during the NatWest 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2018. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Garry Ringrose of Ireland touches down for the first try during the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: George Kruis of England catches the ball from a lineout during the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Garry Ringrose of Ireland touches down for the first try during the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Dylan Hartley of England catches the ball under pressure from Rob Kearney of Ireland during the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Iain Henderson of Ireland escapes the challenge of Owen Farrell of England during the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Ireland's centre Garry Ringrose (R) is tackled by England's centre Jonathan Joseph (L) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Ireland at the Twickenham, west London, on March 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Irelnd line up during the NatWest 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2018. Paul Harding/PA Wire.
Ireland rugby fans wait for kick off of the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Ireland at the Twickenham, west London, on March 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland rugby fans wait for kick off of the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Ireland at the Twickenham, west London, on March 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Dylan Hartley of England leads his team out prior to the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Rory Best of Ireland leads his team out to the pitch prior to the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Ireland prepare. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Joe Schmidt, Head coach of Ireland gives his team instructions during the warm up prior to the NatWest Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton before the NatWest 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2018. Paul Harding/PA Wire.
Jonathan Bradley

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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