Six Nations: Ireland win 2018 title

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Sometimes it is only when you look back that you realise you have crossed a border.

They very almost recovered - despite giving away 16 penalties - to win the game at the last, but they never threatened to score four tries, meaning Ireland could celebrate a week early, France claiming a 22-16 win on the day.

Even the world rankings are set to shift to reflect the two teams' contrasting fortunes, as on Monday Ireland are expected to replace England at number two.

The championship is Ireland's third in five years. "I can't blame the Premiership", Jones said.

England head coach Eddie Jones names a 32-man squad to begin preparations for their final NatWest 6 Nations match against Ireland.

The Irish stayed undefeated by dispatching Scotland 28-8 with a four-tries bonus point at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.


"The Six Nations is an unforgiving arena and they now face a rampant Ireland, gunning for the Grand Slam on St Patrick's Day at Twickenham". He has often spoken about how he dreams of coaching the flawless game.

As we have all through the championship, we'll bring you live updates throughout that game.

This is now uncharted territory for Jones' side, given they had lost just one Test during his tenure heading into this championship.

The second week of the tournament saw Schmidt's men score eight tries against the Azzurri at the Aviva Stadium, as they registered their first bonus-point success of 2018. They didn't react to Nigel Owens' interpretation of the breakdown two weeks ago and then on Saturday they didn't react and adapt to Jaco Peyper's strict reffing of it.

"You could tell by their speeches and by their actions that season how much it meant to them and they had to drag along guys like Luke Fitzgerald, Tommy Bowe, Rob Kearney, these young guys coming through".

"That was a very special moment for the team look", said Sexton.


Hughes was forced off after just 24 minutes of England's defeat in Paris, and while Lawes was able to finish the match both have now been ruled out of next weekend's clash with Ireland.

Ireland got the job done today with a four-try display in front of another sell-out home crowd. They conceded too many penalties, 16 altogether, and were outwitted at the breakdown.

A simple pass would have resulted in a Hogg try but Jones made a mess of it and the chance went begging.

Back came Ireland right on halftime.

THE 20-point margin of defeat suffered against Ireland yesterday does not do justice to the quality of Scotland's performance, Greig Laidlaw insisted last night. But Joe Schmidt has been building his team all the while.

"It's great though moving forward to the World Cup and before that as well, the championship next year".


England surrendered the Six Nations crown to Ireland after a 22-16 defeat to France in Paris on Saturday ended their hopes of a third successive title.

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