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