When the final whistle blew at Twickenham Stadium everyone on the pitch playing for the British national rugby team knew that routing France 55-35 was not enough to win the Six Nations.
Ireland took Murrayfield in Scotland by storm this morning, beating Scotland 40-10. And they got a second victory later in the day by beating England by six in points difference to reunite themselves with the Six Nations title.
If you take a couple of minutes to recap this tournament, though, and the international games before the tournament, you will figure out that Ireland over the past few years have made themselves a force to be reckoned with.
In the fall of 2014 the Irish bested the South Africans and the Aussies. Then in the Six Nations the Irish scored the only try against England to win it at Aviva Stadium in Dublin 19-9 on March 1.
These wins against quality opponents bode well for the Irish leading up to the Rugby World Cup in England. Maybe the Irish could make a strong run.
Who knows, aren’t the Irish lucky? This year they could become the fifth team to be crowned World Cup champions.
On the periphery of making a shot-putting breakthrough in his native Australia, Tom Court took up rugby union relatively late, overcoming substantial hurdles to attain international caps for Ireland, the birthplace of his mother and home for the majority of a fulfilling career.
Ireland fullback Jordan Larmour has scored a fine solo try as they claimed a deserved 24-14 bonus-point victory over defending champions Wales in a bruising encounter that lifted the hosts to the top of the Six Nations.
The biggest rugby tournament in the Northern Hemisphere – the Six Nations – is headlined by a big clash between Ireland and Wales. This is The Roar‘s guide to live streaming the big match, or watching it on TV.