How England have fared when going for the Grand Slam in Dublin

17 March 2017 02:08

Dublin has proved a mixed Grand Slam hunting ground for England over the years.

Here, we examine England's three tournament-defining Six Nations clashes in Ireland.

IRELAND 20 ENGLAND 14, October 20, 2001:

The outbreak of foot and mouth disease forced this tie to be delayed until the autumn. Ireland duly seized the chance to capitalise on that lost momentum and deny England their Grand Slam. Hooker Keith Wood spoiled England's party by crashing over from a neat rear lineout peel that sealed the hosts' slender win.

IRELAND 6 ENGLAND 42, March 30, 2003:

What started as a genuine Grand Slam decider ended in a one-sided rout. England captain Martin Johnson raised the Irish ire by refusing to move his team from Ireland's planned space in the pre-match meet-and-greet with president Mary McAleese. England heaped on the misery with a five-try thumping, with Will Greenwood even purposely dotting down one score in the corner to toughen the conversion for Jonny Wilkinson. After a host of botched Grand Slam attempts under boss Sir Clive Woodward, this was the win that kick-started England's drive to the 2003 World Cup title.

IRELAND 24 ENGLAND 8, March 19, 2011:

Once again England pitched up in Dublin scenting glory, but boss Johnson could not lead a triumph to rival the one he had spearheaded as captain in 2003. Instead Ireland's ferocity downed the visitors, with Tommy Bowe and Brian O'Driscoll crossing for well-worked tries. Johnny Sexton missed just one of six shots at goal as the hosts turned the screw.

Source: PA