Ireland's Grand Slam celebrations in Dublin postponed due to snow

Rob Kearney and Rory Best have now won two Grand Slam titles for Ireland

Already assured of the Six Nations title, Ireland stormed to just their third Championship clean sweep of all time with a 24-15 victory.

The manner in which Ireland won their third Six Nations championship in five years was very impressive - their performances were based around an unwavering confidence in their own systems, structures and perhaps most importantly, belief in one another. Furthermore, they have done it the "hard way" as they have faced both France and England, two of the best teams in the championship, away from home. In the Autumn Internationals of 2017 they also asserted dominance over strong Southern Hemisphere sides such as South Africa, Argentina and Fiji.

They all contributed to what was a spine-tingling version of what has to be Ireland's most trusted and go-too celebratory chants. People presume there is a lot of structure in this, because I think some of the best poetry I have ever read goes beyond the bounds of standard grammar.

Ireland kicked off having both deposed England as Six Nations champions and in second place in the global rankings behind world champions New Zealand. They are now, currently, second favourites to win the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

At the last World Cup, in 2015, Ireland crashed out in the quarter-finals to Argentina.




"We want the ball, we want to keep the ball, and we don't just want to get it off (the field)".

In the forwards, the Irish are extremely solid. Many of this group of players are now the most garlanded and high-achieving in the history of Irish rugby.

The back-line may not have as much experience as the pack, but they are exceptionally frightening for opposition defences.

For example, Johnny Sexton has been the key man in three Six Nations titles with Ireland, as well as three Heineken Cups, a Pro12 title and Challenge Cup with Leinster, not to mention two unbeaten test series with the British and Irish Lions.

Even against England, there was a balanced blend - Garry Ringrose's score coming from kick pressure, CJ Stander's second being a lovely set-piece strike and the third involving clever play from Conor Murray and a superb individual contribution from Jacob Stockdale.

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