Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ireland v England Six Nations: Seven classic games and 26 iconic images from previous matches

27 February 2010; Ireland's Tommy Bowe celebrates scoring his second and his side's third and winning try against England. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, England v Ireland, Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
27 February 2010; Ireland's Tommy Bowe celebrates scoring his second and his side's third and winning try against England. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, England v Ireland, Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
10 February 2013; Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip celebrates a victorious Ireland scrum. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
27 February 2010; Ireland's Keith Earls celebrates scoring his side's second try against England. Ireland won 16-20 RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, England v Ireland, Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
18 February 1984; Willie Duggan, Ireland.Ireland were beaten 12-9. Five Nations Rugby Championship, England v Ireland, Twickenham, London, England. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
5 February 2000; Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland, is tackled by Mike Tindall, England. England won the game 50-18. Six Nations Rugby International, England v Ireland, Twickenham, London, England. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
10 February 2013; Ben Youngs, England, in action against Gordon D'Arcy, Ireland. England won the game 12-6. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
27 February 2005; Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll celebrates scoring his sides first try against England in our 19-13 win. RBS Six Nations Championship 2005, Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
28 February 2009; Ronan O'Gara, Ireland, is tackled by Delon Armitage, England. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 February 1982; Trevor Ringland, Ireland, in action against England. Ireland beat England 16-5 on their way to the Triple Crown. Five Nations Rugby Championship, England v Ireland, Twickenham, London England. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
18 March 2006; Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll with the RBS Six Nations trophy after Shane Horgan's late try won Ireland the Triple Crown. RBS 6 Nations 2006, England v Ireland, Twickenham, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
24 February 2007; Isaac Boss, Ireland, goes over for his side's fourth try as Ireland romped to victory. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
24 February 2007; A general view of rugby at Croke Park as the Ireland and England packs engage in a scrum. Ireland scored a famous win in the second rugby game at Croke Park. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
15 March 2008; Shane Horgan, Ireland, is tackled by Paul Sackey, England. England won the match by 23 points. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, England v Ireland, Twickenham, London. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *** Local Caption ***
30 March 2003; The Ireland team before the game. Ireland and England were both going for the Grand Slam but Ireland succumbed to a heavy 42-6 defeat. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
28 February 2009; Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll goes over to score his side's first try. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
30 March 1985; Ireland's Michael Kiernan, 12, watches as his drop at goal goes over to seal Ireland's victory over England and the Triple Crown. Five Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
16 February 2002; Ireland captain Mick Galwey, left, sings "Ireland's Call" alongside Peter Stringer, centre, and Peter Clohessy England. Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship, England v Ireland, Twickenham, England. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
30 March 2003; The President of Ireland, Mary Mc Aleese, greets the England captain Martin Johnson, who had earlier refused to adhere to protocol and stand to the left with his team-mates meaning she had to walk off the red carpet to greet the Ireland team. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
30 March 1985; The Ireland Rugby team that beat England to win the Triple Crown. Back row, from left, Mick Cuddy, Chairman of the Selection Committee, Phil Orr, Philip Matthews, Donal Lenihan, Willie Anderson, Hugo MacNeill, Nigel Carr and Jim McCoy. Front, from left, Michael Bradley, Paul Dean, Trevor Ringland, Michael Carroll, President I.R.F.U., Ciaran Fitzgerald, Captain, Michael Kiernan, Keith Crossan, Brendan Mullen and Mick Doyle. Five Nations Championship, Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture Credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
16 February 2002; Martin Johnson, England, takes the ball in the lineout from Malcolm O'Kelly, Ireland during their heavy 45-11 victory over Ireland. Lloyds Six Nations Championship, England v Ireland, Twickenham, England. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
18 February 1989; Donal Lenihan, left, Ireland, contests a lineout with Mike Teague, England brunig England's 17-3 victory. Ireland v England, Five Nations. Lansdowne Road. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
20 October 2001; Ireland's Eric Miller celebrates at the final whistle after Ireland's 20-14 win over England. Ireland v England, Six Nations Championship, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
20 October 2001; Ireland's Kevin Maggs, left, and Denis Hickie celebratetheir 20-14 victory over England. Ireland v England, Six Nations Championship, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
20 October 2001; Ireland players, from left, Trevor Brennan, Peter Clohessy and Keith Wood celebrate their 20-14 victory over England. Ireland v England, Six Nations Championship, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
20 March 1993; Ireland's Terry Kingston encourages the crowd during Ireland's 17-3 victory over England. Five Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Trevor Brennan celebrates with a fan after Ireland's 20-14 victory over England. Ireland v England, Six Nations Championship, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

England travel to Ireland this weekend for a Six Nations clash which is already being billed as a title decider. Will it live up to these memorable encounters?

1. Ireland 43 England 13, Feb 24, 2007

What better for Irish supporters than a handsome stuffing over England, playing their first game at Croke Park. 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 the GAA.

2. Ireland 20 England 14, Oct 20, 2001

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.

3.  England 35 Ireland 3, March 19, 1988

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 and his 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.

4. England 33 Ireland 10, March 16, 2008

A big win for the hosts in Eddie O'Sullivan's last match in charge for the Irish. This was notable for Danny Cipriani's only start in a No 10 shirt, though an ankle injury a few weeks later started his downturn.

5. England 12 Ireland 13, February 19, 1994

A famous Ireland win at Twickenham notable for a brilliant scuttling try by Simon Geoghegan on the wing. With much to do, a series of dummy runs and passes out wide saw Geoghegan round Tony Underwood to score in the corner.

6.  Ireland 6 England 42, March 30, 2003

With both sides going for the Grand Slam, Brian O’Driscoll’s hopes of captaining Ireland to victory were crushed. Will Greenwood scored two tries and Jonny Wilkinson kicked 15 points as England sealed the win with possibly the best ever peformance by Clive Woodward's side.

7. Ireland 17 England 3, March 6,1993

England, with a team stuffed full of Lions - the tour party to NZ was announced two day later - got beaten out of sight. The game was made famous for a try at the end by Mick Galwey, who stormed over in the corner to win the match. Look out for the girl in yellow running on the pitch after the try, too. It was Galwey's sister and the only time they saw each other that day.

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