Thursday 30 March 2017

BOD, ROG and the red carpet - Ireland feature in top four spots on list of the most memorable Six Nations moments

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The Six Nations is just around the corner and hopes are high that Ireland can win their third title in four seasons under Joe Schmidt.

Since the introduction of Italy in 2000 changed the tournament from five Nations to six, Ireland have been involved on some of the competition's most famous days - and that hasn't gone unnoticed.

The Telegraph have put together a list of the 50 most memorable Six Nations moments, and Ireland feature heavily.

They occupy fourth, third and second on the list, and are even associated with the number one moment - albeit it won't be a fond memory for Irish fans.

Here are some of the moments involving Ireland in the top 50 list:

45. Jamie Heaslip's 'title-winning' tackle on Stuart Hogg in 2015.

33. Peter Stringer gets floored by Italian scrum-half Alessandro Troncon in 2001.

28. Stephen Jones' penalty falls short, allowing Ireland to win their first ever Grand Slam in 2009.

27. Vincent Clerc scores the winning try against Ireland at Croke Park in 2007, ultimately denying Ireland the Grand Slam.

23. Brian O'Driscoll's Championship swansong in Paris in 2014.

22. Keith Wood's try against England at Lansdowne Road.

18. Ireland and France's Six Nations game in Paris is called off due to a frozen pitch in 2012.

15. Ireland celebrate their 2015 Six Nations win in the dark at Murrayfield.

9. Simon Zebo's back-heel assisted try in Cardiff in 2013.

4. Ronan O'Gara's Grand Slam-winning drop goal in 2009.

3. Croke Park's reaction to God Save the Queen in 2005.

2. Brian O'Driscoll's hat-trick in Paris in 2000.

1. Martin Johnson's refuses to move during the pre-match greeting with the President at Lansdowne Road in 2003, causing Mary McAleese to walk across the grass.

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