Six Nations: Can you name the last Ireland team to complete the Grand Slam in 2018?

Jared Wright
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Ireland head into their Super Saturday clash with England knowing that one more win will secure a first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2018.

As was the case that year, Ireland face England in the final round of the competition on the St. Partick’s Day weekend.

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team completed the Grand Slam at Twickenham that day, scoring three tries to secure a 24-15 victory over the then-Eddie Jones coached side.

Progression through the Championship

Ireland kicked off their 2018 charge to the title with a 15-13 victory in Paris before returning home, where they crushed Italy 56-19 at the Aviva Stadium.

A bonus-point 37-27 victory over Wales in Round Three meant the supporters started to believe that 2018 would be their year, with an impressive 28-8 win over Scotland setting up a tense finish to the competition.

While England had won just two of their four matches leading up to Super Saturday, they were still a formidable side at Twickenham.

In fact, they had not lost a single Six Nations Test match at the venue under Jones’ tutelage up until this point, winning 15 on the bounce.

Overall, Jones’ side had not lost a Test of any kind at home since 2015.

However, Schmidt’s charges were up to the challenge, claiming a 24-15 victory and their third Grand Slam and second since Italy joined the Championship.

It was also the first time since 2009 that Ireland won the Triple Crown.

The loss meant that England finished the Six Nations in fifth place, one point adrift of France in fourth. Wales finished second overall, with Scotland in third and Italy collecting the Wooden Spoon.

Can you name the starting XV and the eight replacements from the side that defeated England that day? 

Good luck, and don’t forget to post your scores on our socials (without the answers, of course).

HINT: Two players in the 2018 matchday 23 also played in the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam-winning team.


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