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'Special' Ireland down England to seal St Patrick's Day Grand Slam

19 March 2018, 04:09 | Susie Olson

CJ Stander and Jordi Murphy celebrate post-match

CJ Stander and Jordi Murphy celebrate post-match

This follows their historic win in Twickenham yesterday where not only did the Irish Rugby team defeat England, they also achieved a clean sweep of titles in the Six Nations and achieved their third Grand Slam win. You never really find out about yourselves unless you have these runs. When you take over a team like England there are things you can fix quickly but internal mechanisms, such as developing leaders, are slow burners, so for us it's been an enormously beneficial, if disappointing, tournament. I have to decide whether I have got time to get them ready for the World Cup.

Reacting to the win that was secured by tries from Gary Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale, Ireland captain Rory Best said: Every kid grows up dreaming of playing for Ireland, but to win something while captaining in that special green jersey is the stuff that dreams are made of.

"We have to get a greater depth to our squad who can play Test rugby".

"I think we knew that we had to target the first game and then go one game at a time after that", he continued. We just struggled to execute at certain times.

"It's up there as the biggest highlight of my career".

"We have an opportunity to re-focus and learn and get better".

It was a really, really tough match.

Defensively that was definitely our best display in the competition.

"Yes they've lost three in a row and that's the reality, but it doesn't make them a poor side and nor does it mean they're in crisis".

"The defence was vast, we had to really fight our way out of the 22, there was a heck of a lot of character shown".

"We weren't the most efficient, but came up against a very strong Welsh defence", said France coach Jacques Brunel after a defeat that left Les Bleus in fourth place.

"Look, Joe (Schmidt) hasn't said "New Zealand is the target" but your ambition is to be the best team in the world and to do that you have to beat the best team in the world".

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