March 24, 2018

Six Nations: Ireland win 2018 title

12 March 2018, 09:06 | Frank Carlson

Head coach Jacques Brunel watches his squad during the session in Marcoussis

Head coach Jacques Brunel watches his squad during the session in Marcoussis

Ireland have already been crowned champions after they defeated Scotland, while England failed to beat France.

But it was not enough to stop Ireland from topping the table with 19 points from four games, after securing a 28-8 bonus-point victory over Scotland earlier in the day.

"The Six Nations is an unforgiving arena and they now face a rampant Ireland", Woodward wrote in his Daily Mail column.

Ireland will travel to Twickenham on Saturday in search of only their third ever Six Nations Grand Slam and Jones is ready to ring the changes as he looks to avoid a potential fifth-place finish.

As the Aviva Stadium crowd became more and more frustrated with the lack of Irish progress, Bundee Aki nearly claimed his third try in the green jersey of Ireland, but was unfortunately held up as he attempted to cross the line at what must be his favourite spot at the ground, just left of the left hand post where he had scored his two previous Ireland tries. "It's important now we go forward and perform again in a week". "It's been in the back of our minds and you always dream of it".

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring a try against Scotland during the Six Nations rugby match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday March 10, 2018.

Do you expect Ireland to win the Grand Slam?

"It very hard to adapt to worldwide rugby". It would give me incredible satisfaction to see that rewarded.

Scotland upended England last time out but that was at Murrayfield.

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"Any team that is developing, as we are, gets through these tough periods when the game does not love you", England coach Eddie Jones said.

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge. They haven't lost at Twickenham under Eddie Jones".

Sexton made his Ireland debut in November 2009, but was part of Declan Kidney's wider Grand Slam-winning squad earlier that year.

"I wanted the team to be close to the best during the tournament", France coach Jacques Brunel said.

"The breakdown is different and more contestable and there are different interpretations of the ruck being refereed", he said. I definitely didn't feel that way. You could tell by their speeches and their actions that season how much it meant to them.

"The young guys probably think they are going to get a lot of opportunities but it doesn't work like that".

"I remember playing Scotland in Croke Park for a Triple Crown and nearly taking it for granted because I thought, "A Triple Crown, I'll have plenty of more opportunities for this".

Number eight Nathan Hughes was carried off the pitch with a leg injury and was replaced by Sam Simmonds as Machenaud converted his first penalty attempt, only for Farrell to restore a six-point advantage as France were penalised for collapsing a maul.

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