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Sunday 17 December 2017

Ireland V England - Classic matches over the years

ENGLAND travel to Ireland tomorrow for round two of the RBS 6 Nations in a match which is already being billed as a title decider. Here, we look back at five memorable encounters between the two nations.

ENGLAND 30 IRELAND9 (March 17, 2012 - Six Nations)


In last year's Six Nations tournament, England's forwards dominated Ireland as they ran out comprehensive winners on St Patrick's Day at a packed-out Twickenham. Six penalties from the boot of Owen Farrell and a late try from Ben Youngs were enough to see off the Irish.


IRELAND 43 ENGLAND 13 (February 24, 2007 - Six Nations)


This was the first time an English team had played at Croke Park and they suffered their biggest ever defeat at the hands of the Irish. Ronan O'Gara kicked five penalties and three conversions as the hosts battered the visitors in front of 83,000 fans at the home of Gaelic sport.


IRELAND 20 ENGLAND 14 (October 20, 2001 - Six Nations)


Ireland ended England's chances of winning the Grand Slam thanks to a try from captain Keith Wood and the accurate boot of Ronan O'Gara. David Humphreys, who had kicked three penalties for the Irish, limped off in the final quarter but any chance of the game swinging back in England's favour were dashed by O'Gara, who came on to kick two late penalties and secure their first win over their rivals in six meetings.


ENGLAND 35 IRELAND 3 (March 19, 1988 - Five Nations)


England had not scored a try at Twickenham for two years and were one game away from becoming only the third team in Five Nations' history to go through the entire competition without dotting down. However, Chris Oti scored the first hat-trick in the championship at Twickenham since 1924 to give the hosts a much-needed win. Oti's performance prompted a chorus of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' from a section of fans and the song has become an unofficial anthem at England games ever since.


IRELAND 6 ENGLAND 0 (February 5, 1887 - Home Nations Championship)


Ireland recorded their first ever win over England during the 1887 Home Nations Championship. The Irish won the game by two goals with a goal being awarded for a successful conversion after a try, for a dropped goal or for a goal from mark.

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