Ireland win Six Nations: How Joe Schmidt's side claimed the title

Ireland win Six Nations: How Joe Schmidt's side claimed the title

Just twice since 1883 have Ireland won the ultimate Six Nations gong - the Grand Slam - here's how they're in that position.

Woodward was clear over England's greatest failing at the Stade de France, where the French scored a penalty try and five penalty goals.

Jones has also said England is struggling at the breakdown because there is a difference in attitudes to the tackle area in worldwide rugby and in England's domestic's Premiership, in which fewer numbers are committed to the ruck.

"James Ryan is in his first season with us and he doesn't know what it's like to lose a Six Nations".

"That's one of the selection dilemmas we are looking at", Jones said on Monday. We've got our problems that we've got to sort out at worldwide level. Our players are used to playing a certain way and we're finding it hard to change their habits. "Every good team goes through this period".

"It's a sizeable but fixable problem".

'We just made a few too many mistakes and that was always going to cost us against a really good Ireland team.

Six Nations winners Ireland have moved past England into second spot ahead of their clash at Twickenham on Sunday.

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" - England's rugby anthem - was being sung with added gusto around Twickenham.

"We're not in any cycle".

"He takes each game on its individual merits and treats it on a "horses for courses" basis which I think is exactly the right approach". "Whether it's 20 points or one point we lost the game, that's what we're upset about. So I don't see any cycle", Jones said. I think he is the best coach in world rugby at this time. If you think this is abnormal, I think that thinking is abnormal. We still believe we're good enough and we would be.

"Obviously we need to get over the disappointment of losing to France".

"We want a performance on Saturday that we're all proud of". However, they showed patience, togetherness and accurate implementation of their systems to work their way up the pitch to give Sexton that opportunity - and he duly obliged. "I said at the start of the tournament they're a good team and they've proved that - they're worthy champions of the Six Nations". "We're all disappointed, we're all gutted".

France, who narrowly lost their first two matches against Ireland and Scotland, defended furiously throughout and it became obvious that England, who needed a bonus-point win to keep their title hopes alive, would not score the four tries they needed. They have gone unbeaten, winning 11 consecutive Test matches, a feat never matched by an Irish team before.

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