Ireland 13 England 9: Ireland master England and deal dual blow

Ireland 13 England 9: Ireland master England and deal dual blow

IT'S the final weekend of this season's Six Nations and the big question is, of course, will England complete the Grand Slam by beating Ireland in Dublin? Even the best team in the world couldn't get to 19 wins.

Bradman, regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, was dismissed for a duck in his last Test innings at the Oval in 1948 against England, leaving him with an average of 99.94.

Additionally England will be first team in the Six Nations era to claim back to back Grand Slams.

For all their head coach's "bring it on" bravado, such a match is the last thing England need.

Schmidt will narrow down to the most minute details in his bid to find out how Ireland can be better, although he will try to remind himself of the positives too - with Saturday's stirring 13-9 victory over England chief among them.

England, by contrast, are not scheduled to face the world champions until 2018, although reports this week suggested officials were looking at re-arranging the Twickenham fixture calendar to set up a November 4 clash between the worldwide game's two top-ranked teams.

The benchmark is New Zealand and the Ireland and England head coaches, Joe Schmidt and Eddie Jones, pictured, know their teams are now floundering beneath the All Blacks' water line.

It's Ireland against England in the last match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship.

Eddie Jones said New Zealand were "there for the taking" after his England side's bid to better the All Blacks' record winning streak ended with a defeat by Ireland in Dublin. I thought these boys have put us on the front foot a number of times in these games and that's allowed us to then put other teams under pressure.

"We've been chuffed with the results we've had but realism shows us we still have a lot to do", he said.

Ireland soon found their feet once again and scored the games only try when Ian Henderson touched down after superb build up play inside the English twenty two, to leave it 10-3 going into the break. There was just always an occasion when we let them off the hook when we had them under pressure.

New Zealand, who have not lost consecutive Tests for six years, have bounced back with three wins after their shock loss to the Irish in November and No8 Billy Vunipola wants a similar response from England.

Here Press Association Sport looks at seven players who have stood out during this year's Championship. They were two key areas in a game like today.

Ireland also brought an end to New Zealand's winning run at 18 a year ago in Chicago.

"One of the frustrations that I didn't used to experience coaching week-to-week with club or provinces is that I don't see the players for another two/three months and we all get together and we inevitably start from scratch".

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