Grand Slam is what dreams are made of - Best

Ireland lifted the Six Nations trophy at Twickenham.                     Image Billy Stickland  INPHO

Ireland lifted the Six Nations trophy at Twickenham. Image Billy Stickland INPHO

This afternoon's planned homecoming for the Irish Grand Slam winners in Dublin has been cancelled. I'd rather stay and do it in New Zealand if it was right.

"But captaining them to a Grand Slam are what dreams are made of and this is probably the highest point of my career".

"That eight minutes after half-time today totally summed up this team", Schmidt said.

"To show the steel that they did, the commitment and just plain, ordinary rugby ability to keep the ball", recalled Schmidt.

Eddie Jones has paid tribute to Ireland following England's 24-15 Six Nations defeat while suggesting the result could spell the end for some of his players.

The winger set a new Six Nations-era record seven tries in a single tournament with the 21-year-old now boasting 11 tries in just nine Tests, and he has admitted they can not wait to host the world's number one side the All Blacks, in Dublin this November. When you take over a team like England there are things you can fix quickly but internal mechanisms, such as developing leaders, are slow burners, so for us it's been an enormously beneficial, if disappointing, tournament.

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Victories for Scotland and Wales meant England finished outright fifth in the standings, its worst performance since 1983.

'We wanted to play with bigger dead ball areas which we're quite allowed to under the laws, ' Jones said after the defeat. That's what we're going through.

Gael Fickou scored a try for France, with Maxime Machenaud kicking a conversion and penalty and Francois Trinh-Duc adding a drop-goal.

"Not only starting every game but captaining the side".

George Kruis, Mike Brown and James Haskell have all been in and out of the side, while skipper Dylan Hartley's position is sure to come under extra scrutiny.

"Every team that I've had that's been a champion team has had a run like this, which has been instrumental in how you re-make a team. It's not often that happens in the Six Nations".

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