Despite being scarred by past experience, Ireland’s Grand Slam winners can look to becoming world champions

Farrell’s team have ticked every box along the way. It’s no guarantee of success, but they’ll give France a real crack

Dan Sheehan scores Ireland’s third try during the Six Nations match against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Thousands of tiny flashlights lit up as Jaco Peyper lifted his whistle to his lips; history was there to be captured by a legion of celebrating Irish fans who wanted to have a warm memory to go to when the world finally turns.