Irish eyes are fixed on a back-to-back Six Nations Championships and a fifth Triple Crown since 2004 after a late try from Tommy Bowe secured a 20-16 win over England last night.
The dream of a second successive Grand Slam became a nightmare in Paris, but now the prospect of ruling the Home Countries’ roost and winning the title is their now the motivation following this 20-16 win at Twickenham. Two tries from Bowe and one from Keith Earls gave Ireland the win.
Declan Kidney’s side will fancy their chances with home dates against Wales and Scotland to come. But they must also hope France slip up against Italy or England to claim Six Nations glory again. Bowe said: “This win puts us back in contention. The Championship may be out of our hands at the minute but there’s still a lot to play for.
”We’re in a good position and looking forward to two games at home.”
Captain Brian O’Driscoll was stretchered off after a collision with Paul O’Connell but should be fit to face Wales at Croke Park on March 13.
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