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Paul O'Connell: 'God, it was tough to watch the French game'

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has hailed the "amazing" Six Nations victory on an incredible finale to the tournament today.

The reigning champions saw off the challenge of Scotland by 30 points in Murrayfield, but were forced to endure a nerve-jangling contest at Twickenham where England beat France 55-35 in a 12-try winner, but fell a converted try short of claiming the championship.

The Munster lock said it was difficult to put into words what the victory means.

"It feels incredible," he said as the celebrations got underway in Murrayfield. "It's such bizarre circumstances as well."

"God, it was such a tough game to watch. Fair play to England.  I though it was gone at times in the second half. It was absolutely crazy stuff that was going on. Fair play to them they were incredible."

The inspirational second row was able to put context on the achievements of the current crop of players in the history of Irish rugby.

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Ireland's Paul O'Connell with the Centenary Quaich after the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Ireland's Paul O'Connell with the Centenary Quaich after the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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Ireland's Paul O'Connell with the Centenary Quaich after the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

"It's an amazing feeling. To do it two years in a row. I think is the first time in 65 years," he said.

"It's brilliant for Irish rugby, for the provinces."

The 35 year-old would not be drawn on whether it was his final Six Nations game in a green jersey.

"I don't know, I don't know. It's been a brilliant two years. To lift the trophy two years in a row. It's hard to know what to say right now."

Earlier in the day O'Connell paid tribute to the squad and their ability to stick to the game plan despite the big Welsh win in Rome that temporarily put them ahead of Ireland in the Six Nations table.

"We knew before we went out but I don't think it changed how we are going to play or what we plan to do," he said.

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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with the six nations trophy at Murrayfield Stadium. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with the six nations trophy at Murrayfield Stadium. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

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Paul O'Connell (left), and Sean O'Brian with the six nations trophy. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

Paul O'Connell (left), and Sean O'Brian with the six nations trophy. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

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Sean O'Brien of Ireland kisses the Six Nations trophy.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Sean O'Brien of Ireland kisses the Six Nations trophy. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Paul O' Connell offers the trophy to the rest of the team.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Paul O' Connell offers the trophy to the rest of the team. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Rob Kearney after winning the 2015 RBS Six Nations. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Rob Kearney after winning the 2015 RBS Six Nations. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with the Six Nations Trophy (left), as Jamie Heaslip sprays his team with champagne. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with the Six Nations Trophy (left), as Jamie Heaslip sprays his team with champagne. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

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Ireland celebrates winning the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Ireland celebrates winning the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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 Paul O'Connell lifts the six nations trophy. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Paul O'Connell lifts the six nations trophy. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

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Paul O'Connell lifts the six nations trophy as they celebrate. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Paul O'Connell lifts the six nations trophy as they celebrate. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

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Paul O'Connell celebrates with the Six Nations trophy.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Paul O'Connell celebrates with the Six Nations trophy. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Simon Zebo and Conor Murray of Ireland celebrate victory.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Simon Zebo and Conor Murray of Ireland celebrate victory. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jamie Heaslip celebrates with the trophy.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jamie Heaslip celebrates with the trophy. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Paul O' Connell lifts the trophy as his team mates celebrate.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Paul O' Connell lifts the trophy as his team mates celebrate. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Jamie Heaslip and Devin Toner celebrate with the trophy.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jamie Heaslip and Devin Toner celebrate with the trophy. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Paul O' Connell celebrates after the RBS Six Nations win.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Paul O' Connell celebrates after the RBS Six Nations win. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Paul O' Connell (third right) and team mates celebrate after the RBS Six Nations match.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Paul O' Connell (third right) and team mates celebrate after the RBS Six Nations match. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Ireland players Jamie Heaslip (left) Rob Kearney (centre) and Sean O' Brien celebrate. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ireland players Jamie Heaslip (left) Rob Kearney (centre) and Sean O' Brien celebrate. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell carries his son Paddy from the pitch at the end of the game.

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell carries his son Paddy from the pitch at the end of the game.

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Jonathan Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne celebrate. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Jonathan Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne celebrate. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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Ireland's Connor Murray and Peter O'Mahony acknowledge the applause from the crowd at the end of the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

Ireland's Connor Murray and Peter O'Mahony acknowledge the applause from the crowd at the end of the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

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Jonathon Sexton scores a penalty. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Jonathon Sexton scores a penalty. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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Ireland's Peter O'Mahony acknowledges the applause from the crowd at the end of the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony acknowledges the applause from the crowd at the end of the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

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Ireland's Jared Payne scoring a try during the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Ireland's Jared Payne scoring a try during the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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Ireland's Jared Payne celebrates a try during the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Ireland's Jared Payne celebrates a try during the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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Ireland's Paul O'Connell with the Centenary Quaich after the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Ireland's Paul O'Connell with the Centenary Quaich after the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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Paul O'Connell with the Centenary Quaich after the match. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Paul O'Connell with the Centenary Quaich after the match. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

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Scotlands Jim Hamilton and Irelands Jamie Heaslip compete in a line out. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Scotlands Jim Hamilton and Irelands Jamie Heaslip compete in a line out. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

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Jonathan Sexton in action with Scotlands Finn Russell. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Jonathan Sexton in action with Scotlands Finn Russell. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

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Jared Payne is congratulated by team-mate Jonathan Sexton after scoring his side's third try.

Jared Payne is congratulated by team-mate Jonathan Sexton after scoring his side's third try.

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Jared Payne touches down to score his side's third try of the game.

Jared Payne touches down to score his side's third try of the game.

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Sean O'Brien scores his side's second try against Scotland.

Sean O'Brien scores his side's second try against Scotland.

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21 March 2015; Luke Fitzgerald, Ireland, is tackled by Stuart Hogg, Scotland.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Luke Fitzgerald, Ireland, is tackled by Stuart Hogg, Scotland. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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21 March 2015; Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, is tackled by Jim Hamilton, Scotland.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, is tackled by Jim Hamilton, Scotland. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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21 March 2015; Stuart Hogg, Scotland, is tackled by Paul O'Connell and Cian Healy, Ireland.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Stuart Hogg, Scotland, is tackled by Paul O'Connell and Cian Healy, Ireland. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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Ireland supporters, from left, Richard, Daniel, Jack and Philip Boland, from The Curragh, Co. Kildare, ahead of the game.

Ireland supporters, from left, Richard, Daniel, Jack and Philip Boland, from The Curragh, Co. Kildare, ahead of the game.

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21 March 2015; Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, is tackled by Finn Russell, left, and Matt Scott, Scotland.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, is tackled by Finn Russell, left, and Matt Scott, Scotland. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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21 March 2015; Ireland supporter Betty Corcoran, originally from Bray, Co. Wicklow, but living in Airdrie, Scotland, cheers the Ireland team's arrival into ground ahead of the game.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Ireland supporter Betty Corcoran, originally from Bray, Co. Wicklow, but living in Airdrie, Scotland, cheers the Ireland team's arrival into ground ahead of the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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21 March 2015; Ireland supporters John, Nicola and Charlie Collins, from Ballsbridge, Dublin, cheer the Ireland team on their arrival ahead of the game.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Ireland supporters John, Nicola and Charlie Collins, from Ballsbridge, Dublin, cheer the Ireland team on their arrival ahead of the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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21 March 2015; Ireland's Luke Fitzgerald arrives into the ground ahead of the game.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Ireland's Luke Fitzgerald arrives into the ground ahead of the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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Ireland's Sean O'Brien scores their second try of the game during the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 21, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

Ireland's Sean O'Brien scores their second try of the game during the 2015 RBS Six Nations match at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 21, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Scotland. Photo credit should read: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

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21 March 2015; Ireland captain Paul O'Connell goes over to score his side's first try, his seventh career try, in the fifth minute of the game.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Ireland captain Paul O'Connell goes over to score his side's first try, his seventh career try, in the fifth minute of the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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21 March 2015; Ireland captain Paul O'Connell goes over to score his side's first try, his seventh career try, in the fifth minute of the game.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Ireland captain Paul O'Connell goes over to score his side's first try, his seventh career try, in the fifth minute of the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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Paul O'Connell of Ireland scores the first try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield

Paul O'Connell of Ireland scores the first try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield

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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell with the six nations trophy at Murrayfield Stadium. Photo: Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

"A lot of the guys are experienced from playing in the Heineken Cup and the Champions Cup when you come to the last weekends and you might need a bonus point to qualify but you know it's the most dangerous thing to, to start playing like you're trying to win it in the first minute."

"We knew we had certain things to do and certain things we thought we could do that would produce results for us. It was all about focusing on that."

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21 March 2015; Ireland captain Paul O'Connell goes over to score his side's first try, his seventh career try, in the fifth minute of the game.  RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

21 March 2015; Ireland captain Paul O'Connell goes over to score his side's first try, his seventh career try, in the fifth minute of the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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21 March 2015; Ireland captain Paul O'Connell goes over to score his side's first try, his seventh career try, in the fifth minute of the game. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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