Sunday 25 January 2015

Road to Grand Slam glory

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Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland goes over to score a try against France at Croke Park on 7 Feb 2009. Photo: Stu Forster, Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland breaks clear of the tackle of Lionel Beauxis of France to score the second try against France. Photo: Stu Forster, Getty Images
Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll celebrates with teammates Pady Wallace (L) and Robert Kearney (R) after scoring Ireland's second try against France. Photo: Peter Muhly, Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland breaks away to score a try during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland at Stadio Flaminio on 15 February 2009. Photo: David Rogers, Getty Images
David Wallace dives to score a try against Italy. Photo: David Rogers, Getty Images
Ireland's prop John Hayes (L) vies for the ball with England's lock Nick Kennedy at Croke Park in Dublin, on February 28, 2009. Photo: Peter Muhly, Getty Images
Ireland's Flanker David Wallace (C) runs for the try line as England's Flanker James Haskell. Photo: Carl de Souza, Getty Images
John Barclay (#7) of Scotland attempts to stop Paul O'Connell of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield Stadium on March 14, 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: David Rogers, Getty Images
Jamie Heaslip of Ireland gets past Chris Paterson of Scotland to score a try against Scotland on March 14, 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: Stu Forster, Getty Images
Tommy Bowe goes over to score a try. Photo Stu Forster/Getty Images
Donncha O'Callaghan gets to grips with Michael Phillips. AFP PHOTO / Paul Ellis Photo PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Ronan O'Gara Ireland kicks the match and Grand Slam winning drop goal as the Welsh defence closes in. Photo: David Rogers, Getty Images
Prince William and President Mary McAleese look on as Brian O'Driscoll lifts the RBS Six Nations trophy after Ireland defeated Wales in Cardiff to complete the Grand Slam. Photo: Tom Hevezi, Getty Images
Ireland, 6 Nations Champions, winners of the Grandslam and the Triple Crown, celebrate with the trophies following their victory during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. Photo David Rogers/Getty Images
Ireland's prop John Hayes, left, looks up as Paul O'Connell lifts The Six Nations trophy after defeating Wales to complete the Grand Slam. Photo: Adrian Dennis, Getty Images
Gordon D'Arcy sprays Paddy Wallace with champagne as they celebrate Ireland's victory over Wales in the Six Nations Championship. Photo: Stu Forster, Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll, right, holds the Six Nations trophy with Ronan O'Gara after Ireland defeated Wales to complete the Grand Slam. Photo: Adrian Dennis, Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll celebrates winning the Grand Slam after his man of the match performance against Wales in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photo: Stu Forster, Getty Images
Ronan O'Gara watches his winning drop goal in the dying minutes of Saturday's Six Nations Championship clash with Wales
Ireland's Ronan O'Gara and Brian O'Driscoll celebrate with the Six Nations Championship Trophy on Saturday
Ireland's Tommy Bowe sprints in to score during the Six Nations clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday
Ireland's Captain Brian O'Driscoll (C) lifts The Six Nations trophy. Photo: Adrain Dennis, Getty Images

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