Ireland vs England result, updates and highlights as world-class hosts seal historic Six Nations Grand Slam

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Ireland dispatched a valiant England side to win 29-16 in Dublin, bringing the curtain down on an historic Six Nations campaign from Andy Farrell's men, who won the Grand Slam title after sealing their fifth victory from five games.

Ireland also sealed the Triple Crown and Millennium Trophy for beating all of their neighbours from the British Isles, with England putting up one heck of a fight to remain within touching distance of the world's No.1-side before it became too much with just 14 men.

A slow start from the champions-in-wait saw England hit their straps early, and captain Owen Farrell slotted over two penalties to take an early 6-0 lead. Coming off the back of a record 53-10 home defeat to France, England reacted brilliantly, matching Ireland in every aspect of the game and limiting them to just one penalty from the boot of Johnny Sexton.

Those three points saw Sexton break Ronan O'Gara's record to become the leading Six Nations scorer of all time, and soon after his kick to the corner from a penalty produced the first try. From the maul, Josh van der Flier found a rampaging Dan Sheehan on his inside, and the hooker powered over to send Ireland into a 10-6 lead.

Controversy occurred right at the end of the first half, with England full-back Freddie Steward sent off following an accidental collision with his opposite number Hugo Keenan. Down to 14 men, another Farrell penalty reduced the score to 10-9 shortly after half-time, with Ireland continually restricted from playing the free-flowing rugby seen in the first four games. 

However, Ireland finally clicked with 18 minutes left on the clock. A scrum win right on the England line vacated space out wide, and Robbie Henshaw slid through a hole to dot down in the corner. Eight points up, Ireland went for the kill, exploiting 14-man England's wide spaces at every opportunity. Sheehan broke down the right before possession was recycled, and soon after the hooker was over again, scoring on the exact same blade of grass as Henshaw.

Robbie Henshaw's 62nd-minute try finally broke England's resistance in the second half (UK):

Down but not out, England did manage to cross late in the day, as their hooker Jamie George and his pack forced their way over from close range. That was only a temporary blip for Ireland, who soon scored a similar try in their favoured corner through replacement hooker Rob Herring. That fourth try secured a bonus point, and Ireland were roared home by a raucous Dublin crowd who will still be singing long into this historic night.

A fairy-tale: Johnny Sexton lifts the trophy on his final Six Nations appearance (UK)

Grand Slammers Ireland make statement of intent

With Six Nations, Grand Slam and Triple Crown secured, Andy Farrell's side can enjoy their five successive victories knowing they've pulled off an almighty feat in this year's championship. Notching bonus points in four of their five games, Ireland have been magnificent, and shown that their place atop World rugby's global rankings is absolutely deserved. Their provinces in the United Rugby Championship will take centre stage for now, but come the summer and autumn, Ireland have never been better placed to break the World Cup quarterfinal curse that has plagued them since 1987.

Energetic England show resilient response in Dublin

Steve Borthwick had some task on his hands in the week building up to this game: just how do you motivate a team who have just suffered a record home defeat? He got his answer in Dublin, with England giving absolutely everything for 80 minutes and remaining within touching distance despite spending half of the game down to 14 men. Steward's dismissal only made England's resolve stronger, and despite losing to finish fourth in the table, the new head coach has plenty of positives to take from this game as his side dream of going one better than they did at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The Sporting News followed the match live, providing commentary and highlights below.

Ireland vs England full-time score

  1H 2H FT
Ireland 10 19 29
England 6 10 16

Tries: Sheehan (2), Henshaw, Herring; George

Conversions: Sexton (3); Farrell

Penalties: Sexton; Farrell (3)

Ireland vs England full commentary, highlights

FT: And that's a wrap! What a Six Nations it's been in 2023, with all six sides pulling off some outstanding rugby throughout all five weeks of the tournament. International Rugby will take a back seat for the next few months, but by the time summer rolls around, preparations will be well underway for the Rugby World Cup in France. We'll see you very soon, goodbye for now.

Man-of-the-match Dan Sheehan crosses for his second try of the game as Ireland extend their lead (UK):

FT: It's all over, and Ireland are the Six Nations champions! Andy Farrell's side confirm five wins from five, securing only their fourth-ever Grand Slam, and winning the Triple Crown too for good measure! England closed the gap early in the second half before Ireland pulled away in the last quarter, with Henshaw, Sheehan and Herring all crossing in the same corner.

England did manage to barge their way over through George, but it proved to be Ireland's day and Ireland's tournament. Will it be Ireland's 2023, in this year of all years? Their performances in the last few weeks certainly suggests that they'll go close to Rugby World Cup glory at the year's end.

83 mins: The Irish defence doesn't let up and drives England back towards halfway. Tuilagi's offload to Farrell is thrown wildly to the right, but Ireland intercept and the full-time whistle is finally blown, triggering pandemonium in the stands! 

82 mins: England pile everyone into the maul, but can't quite reach the line and George is stopped after breaking off from the rest of the pack!

80 mins: England do their best to keep the ball alive through Ludlam, and carries from Tuilagi and Slade. They win a late penalty and kick to the corner, looking for one last flourish to tighten up the scoreline.

79 mins: The stadium is roaring the chorus to Ireland's Call as full-time nears, and with their side confirming a Grand Slam at home for the first time in Six Nations history, this St. Patrick's weekend is certainly going to be one to remember across the Emerald Isle.

78 mins: TRY - Ireland 29-16 England!! Here comes the Grand Slam!!! The Ireland maul holds firm off the penalty line-out, and replacement hooker Herring has the ball at its base. He breaks off, dummies, and plants the ball down in the corner, sealing the four-try bonus point and the Six Nations with it! Byrne can't convert, but he won't care - it's Ireland's title no matter what from here.

76 mins: YELLOW CARD!! Play halts for a TMO review on some foul play in the back-field. Willis is the culprit, having picked up and dumped Sexton's replacement Ross Byrne. It's completely off the ball, and also completely needless, with the England flanker shown a yellow card which means his side will finish the game with just 13 men.

74 mins: Sexton limps off to rapturous applause as he leaves the Six Nations stage for the final time, but closing in on a Grand Slam having become the competition's record scorer is one hell of a way to bow out.

73 mins: TRY - Ireland 24-16 England! The visitors are on the board! The maul slowly creeps towards Ireland's tryline, as various players from both teams break off and rejoin. It spins closer to the posts, and one final shove from the back sees George ground the ball! Farrell converts, and with just eight points the difference, we could be in for one final twist in Dublin!

71 mins: Tuilagi's strong carry punches a hole in Ireland's defence, and Baird enters the breakdown illegally to concede a penalty which Farrell will kick to the corner.

69 mins: TRY - Ireland 24-9 England! The hooker's over again! Quick Hansen hands release Sheehan down the right-hand blindside, but he's soon reeled in by Curry for England. The ball is moved inside, before a fantastic Conan offload puts Sheehan over in the corner for his second of the game! Two tries for Sheehan, and three for Ireland, as Sexton's conversion puts the hosts 15 clear!

66 mins: Strong carries in midfield from O'Brien and Aki give Ireland an outlet from their own 22, and Baird's influence at the breakdown wins the hosts a penalty to move further down the field into English territory.

64 mins: England are on the offensive straight from kick-off and Farrell attempts a grubber into the Ireland 22, however the ball ricochets off Aki and back into possession of the England captain.

62 mins: TRY - Ireland 17-9 England!!! That could be the Grand Slam right there! A successful scrum results in Ireland's forward quickly peeling off to join the attack in the centre, and after going close there, Gibson-Park shifts the ball right. Aki puts Henshaw through a gap on the line, and the returning centre sails over to notch his side's second try! Sexton converts to add the two, and the hosts hold an eight-point lead inside the last quarter of the game!

60 mins: Sexton's cross-field kick into the 22 bounces all over the place before Watson gathers it, but despite his best efforts he's driven back over his own tryline, giving Ireland the head-and-feed at a scrum five metres from the England whitewash!

57 mins: Ireland pinch the ball from an England maul and Gibson-Park scampers into space. He kicks ahead, with the ball bouncing wildly into Lowe's hands before he's tackled into touch by Slade!

55 mins: Watson, Arundell and Ribbans all take effective carries before Van Poortvliet drills the ball towards the sideline, but Lowe comes up with possession and clears down-field for Ireland.

51 mins: PENALTY - Ireland 10-9 England. A scrum penalty goes England's way and Farrell steps up from right in front to close the gap on the scoreboard to just one point.

48 mins: Farrell hoists a bomb high for Watson to chase, and pressure from the England winger causes O'Brien to spill the ball, giving England a scrum just inside Irish territory.

46 mins: Ireland look to advance through the middle with some strong carries, but England rip the ball free through Dombrandt and Watson very nearly steps his way through midfield before being chopped down.

43 mins: Lowe takes a high ball and spits it out the back to Gibson-Park. He evades Genge's cover tackle and attempts to chip over the top of Watson, but the ball bounces over the touchline before he can regather!

41 mins: Sexton tries a cross-field kick and chips wide to Lowe, who gathers and attempts to offload inside. Henshaw can't get there though, and Ludlam recovers the loose ball for England. 

Kick-Off: Sexton kicks off the second half, and it all comes down to the next 40 minutes in Dublin!

HT: We return for the last half of rugby in the 2023 Six Nations, and as things stand, it's Ireland's championship to lose. Only an England victory by seven points or will deny Andy Farrell's side from here, and having been reduced to 14 men, that'll be a tall order for the visitors regardless of how well they've stayed in the arm-wrestle so far.

Watch: Dan Sheehan finishes a clever forwards move to score the opener for Ireland (UK)

HT: Ireland's lead is slender at the break, with Sheehan's try the only five-pointer of the half. England began brightly and scored two penalties from the boot of Farrell, before Sexton replied with one for Ireland and broke the all-time Six Nations points record in the process. A well-worked move from a line-out maul put Sheehan through the gap to burst over, before the half ended acrimoniously with a somewhat harsh red card for England full-back Steward.

45 mins: Ireland pound the English line with phase after phase from their forwards. They go close several times, but 14-man England's defence is stoic and keeps them at bay, forcing a knock-on which brings the half to an end!

43 mins: Farrell and Steward protest to the referee, but his decision is final and the 22-year-old trudges off. As does Keenan, who heads for a HIA check and is replaced by Jimmy O'Brien in the backline.

42 mins: RED CARD!!! A massive shock to the script of this game!! Steward's braced position, and elbow catching Keenan in the head, is judged to be red card-worthy by the referee, who shows the England full-back a red card!

40 mins: A skilful wrap-around plays between Sheehan and Gibson-Park allows Sexton to put Hansen through a hole. He offloads wide to Keenan, who spills the ball as Steward collides with him, hard. It looks accidental, but the England full-back might not have heard the last of this...

39 mins: Aki takes Van Poortvliet and Willis with him as he eats up metres in midfield, and Ireland win a penalty on the floor which Sexton punts to the corner, for one last scoring chance before half-time.

38 mins: England ship the ball left and Steward's pass is run onto hard by Arundell. He steps and twists his way down the left flank, but is held up in contact and is turned over in possession.

37 mins: Good pressure from England forces an Ireland knock-on at the base of a ruck, and with no advantage to exploit, England will look to spark an attack in the hosts' half.

34 mins: TRY - Ireland 10-6 England! Ireland strike first and roar into the lead! Sheehan's line-out from the penalty soon becomes a maul, with the ball held by Van der Flier at the back. He peels off to the right and finds his hooker running inside, and Sheehan bursts through the gap to crash over and slam the ball down! Sexton converts, and Ireland edge in front for the first time in this game.

32 mins: Sexton darts through a hole and almost breaks clean through before being halted. Ireland win penalty advantage and Lowe grubbers in behind the defence, but play comes back for the penalty after Steward recovers it for England.

30 mins: The pair's packs lock down at scrum-time and England put one hell of a shove on, twisting the Irish forwards and winning a penalty to give them some much-needed field position.

27 mins: Sexton is hit very late by a needless shoulder from Dombrandt, and the England number eight is lucky to avoid a card as Ireland kick to the corner.

25 mins: A winding run out of defence from Hansen gets Ireland back on the front foot, and Henshaw beats Tuilagi around the outside to almost make a clean break down the right edge!

23 mins: Forward come England with some big carries into the Ireland 22, however the hosts' defence is equal to them and a wide ball to Tuilagi sees the centre dumped out and over the touchline!

19 mins: PENALTY - Ireland 3-6 England. An infringement on the floor sees England penalised, and Sexton steps up to kick the penalty. It's a routine three points for Ireland, but they're the three points that see Sexton break O'Gara's Six Nations record!

17 mins: Keenan scythes through a big hole to race into the English 22 untouched. He's stopped short of the line as reinforces flood in, and England are able to hold Ireland back before turning the ball over and clearing!

15 mins: PENALTY - Ireland 0-6 England. Porter is pinged on the floor and Lowe cuts out Farrell's attempted pass to Arundell during the advantage stage. Farrell comes back to kick the points, and notches three more over to extend the visitors' lead.

12 mins: HELD UP!!! Ireland take the quick tap, and it's Sexton of all people who attempts to crash his way over from close range. Itoje and Farrell wrap him up, and he can't quite get the ball down meaning it's a goal-line drop-out!

11 mins: Van der Flier hits a great inside line from Henshaw's pass, and the scramble by England defence sees George concede a ruck penalty!

10 mins: Straight from the kick-off, Keenan and Porter wrap up the ball in an England ruck, and the successful penalty is kicked to the touchline by Sexton.

8 mins: PENALTY - Ireland 0-3 England! The visitors have had a bright spell in the last few minutes and win a ruck penalty. Farrell makes no mistake and slots over the first points of the game from right in front.

6 mins: England win quick turnover ball and the ball is thrown wide to Steward, who steps into space before being grounded by Henshaw, who forces the ball loose just inside the Irish 22.

3 mins: Ireland look to exploit space down the right edge, but Hansen is forced inside and can't make much yardage before being chopped down by the England defence.

Kick-Off: Owen Farrell kicks off for England, and the deciding final match of the 2023 Six Nations is up and running in Dublin!

5 mins to kick-off: The anthems are belted out for the final time in this Six Nations championship, and they're as passionate as ever with the expectant home crowd in full voice here!

10 mins to kick-off: The teams head out onto the pitch with the Six Nations, Grand Slam, and Triple Crown trophies in front of them, the onus is now on Ireland to finish the job and lift all three!

15 mins to kick-off: Meanwhile, Owen Farrell returns to the England starting XV, having been benched against France. He'll captain the side and leads a new-look backline which features a the long-awaited return of Manu Tuilagi, and Henry Arundell making his first start on the wing.

30 mins to kick-off: Ravaged by injuries throughout their victory over Scotland last weekend, Ireland make several enforced changes ahead of this decider. Johnny Sexton can break Ronan O'Gara's Six Nations record with just one point in this game, but given how crucial he is to every aspect of Ireland's play, you'd back him to add a few against an England side who were shaky - to say the least - against France.

45 mins to kick-off: A first Grand Slam since 2018, in a World Cup year no less, would cap off a brilliant few months for Andy Farrell and his side ahead of the tournament in France at 2023's end. They've begun the calendar year as the world's number one side, and if they can win this tournament in style, Ireland will be confident they can do the same in the autumn.

60 mins to kick-off: Leaving Twickenham with tails firmly between legs following their record-breaking loss to France last time out, Steve Borthwick will be expecting a big response from his players, who will have to bring their A-game, and then some, to be within a chance of overcoming the world's number one side.

75 mins to kick-off: The atmosphere builds in Dublin as Ireland prepare to cap off an exceptional tournament with another victory. They could well have won the title before even kicking off, but if we've come to expect anything from this side under Andy Farrell, it's that they'll do absolutely anything and everything they can to secure victory, regardless of circumstance.

90 mins to kick-off: Hello, and thanks for joining us. Get ready, and buckle up, as we prepare to cover the final match of the 2023 Six Nations, pitting Ireland against England in Dublin. A win for the home side will guarantee a first title and Grand Slam since 2018, but England, coming off the back of a record-breaking defeat to France, certainly aren't here to make up the numbers.

Ireland vs England confirmed lineups

Ireland's victory over Scotland came at a significant cost. They lost five players to injury over the course of the game, including both their starting and replacement hookers. Luckily for Andy Farrell's side, Caelan Doris and Dan Sheehan have both been passed fit to line up against England on Super Saturday.

Further positives on the injury front saw Jamison Gibson-Park and Robbie Henshaw make their first appearances of the tournament at Murrayfield, and having come through their returns unscathed, both make the starting XV for the decider. Henshaw replaces the injured Garry Ringrose at outside centre, while Gibson-Park is at nine, partnered in the halves by Johnny Sexton. The Ireland captain needs just one point to become Ireland's top scorer in the history of this tournament, having drawn level with Ronan O'Gara's record against Scotland.

☘️ The best back three in the world at the moment?#GuinnessSixNations

— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 15, 2023

Ireland Starting XV: Hugo Keenan, Mack Hansen, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton, Jamison Gibson-Park; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Ryan Baird, James Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris

Ireland Replacements: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Tom O'Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Ross Byrne, Jimmy O'Brien

Our line up for Super Saturday at the Aviva! 💪#TeamOfUs | #GuinnessSixNations

— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 16, 2023

Having made headlines the world over for dropping Owen Farrell to the bench against France, Steve Borthwick restores his captain to the No.10 shirt and once again benches Marcus Smith. Smith barely had a chance to make any sort of impression against France, but he'll look to make an impact once coming on to join a back-line that features Henry Arundell making his first start of the tournament, having come off the bench in three of England's four games.

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 midfield battle on #SuperSaturday⚡️#AwakenAnticipation | #IREvENG

— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 16, 2023

Another headline change is the inclusion of Manu Tuilagi, the 31-year-old making his first appearance since Borthwick took charge. He's in for the injured Ollie Lawrence at inside centre, while another injured Ollie, Leicester second-row Chessum, is replaced at lock by Northampton's David Ribbans.

England Starting XV: Freddie Steward, Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Henry Arundell, Owen Farrell, Jack van Poortvliet; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, David Ribbans, Lewis Ludlam, Jack Willis, Alex Dombrandt

England Replacements: Jack Walker, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Nick Isiekwe, Ben Curry, Alex Mitchell, Marcus Smith, Joe Marchant

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 The @EnglandRugby side heading to Dublin on #SuperSaturday#IREvENG | #AwakenAnticipation

— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 16, 2023

Ireland vs England live stream, TV channel

Here's how to watch the match in some of the major territories:

  TV channel Streaming
USA fuboTV, Peacock, CNBC


Australia Stan Sport
New Zealand Sky Sport NOW
India Premier Sports Asia
Hong Kong Premier Sports Asia
Malaysia Premier Sports Asia
Singapore Premier Sports Asia

USA: All games are streaming live on Peacock and will also be available through fuboTV. However, they will also be repeated on CNBC on delay, usually by a couple of hours. 

Canada: All games are streaming live on DAZN.

UK: Matches will be shown on BBC and ITV, with S4C also broadcasting in Wales.

Australia: Six Nations coverage is provided by Stan Sport.

India: Premier Sports Asia is the main place to watch the Six Nations.

MORE: Ireland dispatch Scotland to tee up Grand Slam finale in Dublin

Ireland vs England odds

These two sides' form could hardly be more different, and the infallible play of the world No.1s has them as heavy favourites to win this game.

Never before have England been such rank outsiders against Ireland, but their comparative backing shows the gulf between the two sides at the moment. BetMGM's +550 are the shortest odds for an away win, but there's little confidence in Borthwick's side disrupting what could be a day of celebration in Dublin.

(Sky Bet)

(Sports Interaction)

Ireland Win 1/10 -1000 1.08 1.10
Draw 28/1 +2500 30.00  34.00
England Win 6/1 +550 6.57  6.00
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