Tuesday 15 October 2019

13 moments to remember from this year's glorious Six Nations campaign

Robbie Henshaw wins the aerial battle with England’s Alex Goode to score the only try of the game at the Aviva Stadium.
Robbie Henshaw wins the aerial battle with England’s Alex Goode to score the only try of the game at the Aviva Stadium.
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Here are some of our favourite memories from Ireland's championship winning Six Nations campaign.

Disallowed Italy try

Italy claimed their only win with a late try against Scotland, but it was a disallowed try at the death against Ireland which could have had a huge impact on the championship outcome.

Out-half Kelly Haimona thought he had scored in the final minute but fortunately from an Irish perspective, the officials, correctly, did not.

French winger Noa Nakaitaci millimetres from embarrassment at Twickenham

George North concussion

The Welsh winger took not one, but two blows to the head against England on the opening game of the tournament to reopen the debate of concussion, and the protocols that surround player welfare in the sport.

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George North lays unconscious after nasty head clash against England

Cian Healy’s fancy footwork

The only blot on the copybook in the campaign was a defeat in Cardiff, but it wasn’t all bad. Prop Cian Healy did demonstrate his nimble footwork.

 

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England try?

England winger Jack Nowell finished with three tries in the competition, but it could so easily have been four. His last-minute try against Ireland was ruled out for a forward pass, which was a very borderline call.

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England's wing Jack Nowell scores a late try for England but it is disallowed

It wouldn’t have changed the result, but in a competition that came down to points difference, it turned out retrospectively to be a key moment.

Bernard La Roux, Rory Kockott and Thierry Dusautoir no match for Sean O’Brien

Parisse Joy

Regarded as one of the finest players in world rugby, Sergio Parisse doesn’t enjoy many victories playing for his country. The Azzurri picked up just the one win this campaign, and boy did the number 8 enjoy victory over the Scots.

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Hail Nigel Owens

Wayne Barnes didn’t endear himself to Irish fans after some contentious calls at the Millennium Stadium, but Welsh whistler Owens was the toast of the nation when England looked set to claim the all-important try at the death against France with the championship at the line.

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England scrum-half Ben Youngs tries to drive through the French defence to score try in the dying seconds of the Six Nations

A metre short and on the attack, he pinged the home side for coming in from the side of the ruck and that was that for Stuart Lancaster’s side.

Stuart Hogg blazes a trail

Until the final weekend, line breaks and tries were a rare commodity. Against Wales at Murrayfield, the Scottish full back’s blistering pace saw him run from deep in his own half for one of the tries of the tournament. There weren’t many bright spots for the Scots, this was definitely one of them.

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Scotland's full back Stuart Hogg (C) tries to claim a loose ball

Paul O'Connell's try against Scotland

Warrior, beast, leader, hero. Ireland needed a goos start against Scotland and O'Connell duly delivered.

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2.34:Paul O'Connell goes over to opening the scoring for Ireland

The Western Mail's front page

Independent columnist Neil Francis caused quite a stir when he said Wales boss Warren Gatland had the "intellectual properties of a tub of flora". Hats off to the Western Mail with this brilliant front page following Wales' victory over Ireland.

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Robbie Henshaw's GAA skills

How to claim your first international try in spectacular style.

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Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw touches down for the only try of the game despite the best efforts of Alex Goode of England during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium yesterday
 

Brian O'Driscoll's congratulatory tweet

Nothing more to add here really.

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