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Chance to pose and enjoy what was a truly special Irish performance

Brendan Fanning


There was no Grand Slam for yesterday’s winners, just a slam dunk

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CJ Stander holds the Millennium Trophy after Ireland's win over England. Picture by Niall Carson/PA Wire

CJ Stander holds the Millennium Trophy after Ireland's win over England. Picture by Niall Carson/PA Wire

Jack Conan of Ireland scores his side's second try during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and England at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Jack Conan of Ireland scores his side's second try during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and England at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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CJ Stander holds the Millennium Trophy after Ireland's win over England. Picture by Niall Carson/PA Wire

The last time we were looking at a post Six Nations scene when the pitch was empty of all but the folks cleaning up, except for a group of players posing with the trophy, was in Cardiff, 2005. Mike Ruddock’s Wales had beaten Ireland with room to spare.

It was an unlikely triumph — at least pre-tournament — but well deserved, and great to watch. It was a fair while after the final whistle when men in red emerged as men in black, all suited and booted in tuxedos, ready to get the snap with the Six Nations trophy. They looked and sounded like they wanted it to last forever.


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