ESPN's Six Nations review: Player of the weekend, flop and more

In a statement, the IRFU said: "We regret to advise that the Grand Slam Homecoming celebrations have been cancelled due to adverse weather".

It follows their historic win in London yesterday, which saw Ireland complete a clean sweep of victories in this year's tournament and secure just the third Grand Slam win ever.

Jones has presided over three defeats, to Scotland, France and Ireland, in this year's Six Nations and suggested that he may have run out of patience with certain unnamed England players. "You can try to add to character or build on character, but there's got to be the character there to start with and they definitely demonstrated that [against England]". In the Autumn Internationals of 2017 they also asserted dominance over strong Southern Hemisphere sides such as South Africa, Argentina and Fiji.

Schmidt will always insist that the players are the most important element in Ireland's success, and he's surely right, but the New Zealander has done a resoundingly brilliant job in leading them.

Ireland kicked off having both deposed England as Six Nations champions and in second place in the global rankings behind world champions New Zealand.

Irish fans would be forgiven for being cautious when assessing their side's chances in the World Cup, as they know better than anyone that Irish teams have never fulfilled their potential on the biggest stage of them all. We just struggled to execute at certain times.


In the forwards, the Irish are extremely solid.

Captain Rory Best and the Irish players and coaches were due to take part in a celebratory event at the Aviva Stadium.

"Irish Rugby would like to thank supporters for their continued support throughout this campaign".

"Some of them have been on the back of really positive defence". "Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray were huge today, CJ (Stander) and Peter O'Mahony were fantastic".

Best said their greed was exemplified by how they stuck to the task and scored a crucial try through prolific wing Jacob Stockdale in stoppage time of the first-half to surge 21-5 ahead.

Whilst Ireland have poor memories of World Cups, they have a squad capable of going all the way in 2019.

  • Tracy Klein