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Summary

  1. Final score: Ireland 13-9 England
  2. England miss out on back-to-back Grand Slams & record 19th Test win
  3. But Eddie Jones' side collect the Six Nations trophy
  4. Henderson try and Sexton eight points; Farrell three pens for England
  5. Ireland finish second in Six Nations

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Ireland 13-9 England

Six Nations 2017 is a wrap then.

England champions, Scotland most improved, Wales with the most thrilling victory and Ireland with the happiest sign-off.

You can catch up with reports and video on Scotland's win over Italy , Wales marathon defeat by France and  Ireland edging out England on the site now.

There are highlights on BBC Two at 18:00 GMT tomorrow evening and live coverage of France Women v Wales Women in about 20 minutes.

And then the little matter of the Lions to look forward to this summer...

Bye for now

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'We have a lot to do'

Ireland 13-9 England

BBC Radio 5 live

More from England head coach Eddie Jones: "These things happen, we have a winning average of over 90%, so we are not doing badly. Sometimes you get beaten.

"We're 14 months into a four-year project, so we have a lot to do."

'We wanted to make it tough'

Ireland 13-9 England

Joe Schmidt
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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt on BBC Radio 5 live: “We focus internally on what we can control.

“We just wanted to make sure all the bits and pieces we needed to get right to get a skinny margin over a super team, we ticked those boxes.

“We wanted to make it as tough as possible and they still nearly got over the top of us.

“The bit of pride we can take is the three teams that sit above us in the world we have beaten in the last six months.”

'Ireland played smarter'

Ireland 13-9 England

James Haskell
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England's James Haskell on BBC Radio 5 live: “You always have to appreciate international rugby is tough and there are no easy games, we knew Ireland would bring that physicality.

“It wasn’t about the physical battle, it was about indiscipline, you can’t build momentum like that.

“There was good talk out there, good messages, but it’s one thing talking about it and another thing acting on it. They played smarter rugby than us.”

'Ireland were better than us'

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Eddie Jones
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England head coach Eddie Jones speaking to ITV:

"It wasn't our day today. Ireland played very well in the conditions.

"We struggled in the line-out and at the breakdown - two key areas.

"Their defence was good and we couldn't get any momentum in our attack. They were off the line so quickly.

"It would have been great to be Grand Slam champions and world record holders but it wasn't our day today. They were better than us.

"Technical issues to look at but our attitudes were good. It was still only 13-9 at the end of the game and we didn't play well."

I take responsibility - Jones

Ireland 13-9 England

Eddie Jones
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England head coach Eddie Jones says he will take responsibility for his side losing today.

“Everything was wrong with preparation because we played like that," Jones told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I take full responsibility, I didn’t prepare the team well and we will respond in the future.

"It was a tight old game, one or two things go your way and the game flips, they didn’t go our way today we didn’t work hard enough to get those opportunities and that's what happens.

"I thought we could always still win the game up to the 79th minute when Mike Brown knocked it on.

"We knew it was going to be a tough physical game, we just weren’t good enough today."

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Andy Morgan:  Surprised at England. Thought they'd be up for a grand slam/world record match. Lacked intensity, though well played Ireland.

Cian:  Well played Ireland, brought back a good win for St Patricks Day Weekend. Luck of the Irish.

Mark Davies:  If Wales had held on against England and we should have and beaten France, which we did *really*, we would be 6N champs Yay!

Good to stay positive Mark!

'England have been incredible'

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Joe Schmidt
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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt speaking to ITV:

"It wasn't the day for style but I thought we played really well in the first 20 minutes and deserved the lead we had.

"Garry Ringrose was a revelation. He just keeps taking steps forward. That 20 minutes gave us enough confidence and from then on it was about staying in the match.

"Incredibly physical but a little bit static. It showed courage is a massive part of any team performance.

"All credit to England. They have been incredible for the last 18 months. They deserve to be the title holders and there is probably more to come from this England team.

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Hugh Rodger:  Ridiculous overreaction to say England "not that good" after losing their hardest fixture by 4. Ireland ended NZ's run too.

Elliot Hunter:  Happy for the Irish but a little sad to see Scotland finish 4th in a championship we played so well in. A little deflating.

Mark Davies:  England are the best, but the gap isn't as wide as some would think. Great game Ireland. That is why the 6N is so compelling.

Just how good are England?

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The backlash has started with the Times chief correspondent Owen Slot among those to question just how good England have been.

One game, different stories. England were on a roll? Now: England have been really good only 1 game in 5

And the backlash to the backlash soon follows...

@owenslot are you having a laugh?

'Not the finished article'

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Dylan Hartley
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England captain Dylan Hartley speaking on ITV:

"A big lesson to learn today. 

"We set out to win the tournament and we've done that but disappointed not to win the final game.

"It shows we're not quite there yet as a team but credit to Ireland.

"We seemed to back up every error with another error. We are not the finished article. This will keep us grounded."

'Big occasions, big men to rise to it'

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Rory Best
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Ireland captain Rory Best speaking on ITV:

"They are a quality team. We knew that.

"We knew it would take a monumental effort to stop a quality outfit.

"They're going to lift the trophy now and they are deserved champions but we are very happy with that win.

"There were aspects of the campaign that we let slip by but that was a lot more like us.

"Big occasions, big men rise to it and we certainly had a lot of those."

'England second best'

Ireland 13-9 England

Paul Grayson

Former England fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

Courtney Lawes looks disappointed
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It was a sensational performance by Ireland. They had England at arm's length.

The best way to defend is keep hold of the ball, which Ireland did. Another heroic performance from Johnny Sexton.

It was too much for England, who were second best by a distance.

'England still champions'

Ireland 13-9 England

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

It's a tough position for the English players to be in away from home, they are still the champions, they have lost one game in two years and unfortunately it's come in this situation.

In a few weeks they can go and assess what they have done and what they have achieved.

They've had mix performances this season. Got out of jail in Cardiff, disjointed against Italy and this is a test that probably summed up their season - they're still champions.

Ireland 13-9 England

England lift the Six Nations trophy
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England's players head up to collect the Six Nations trophy.

Grim faces all around, the odd wry smile at most.

Not least because they know that Eddie Jones will be watching for anyone who will settle for less than total global domination.

Loosen the ties lads, have a smile, it was still a pretty commanding campaign.

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Haiku Dad:

Not for the first time 

Ireland spoil England's party 

over in Dublin.

'Tricky to win Grand Slam'

Ireland 13-9 England

Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

Mako Vunipola looks disappointed
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England will probably right now think they had chances to win it and should have won it, you don't have time to get that perspective of the game and how great the opposition were.

It's a very tricky game to win away from home for the Grand Slam. 

England, and I include myself, don't quite have it in us to understand the enormity of the occasion from how the other side see it.

'England players should be proud'

Ireland 13-9 England

Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

I'm applauding Ireland, that was one of the finest Ireland displays I've seen in a long time, the opposition are world class and Ireland have stepped up yet again, a fantastic display.

I know how these England players feel, they will be low, dejected, but they should be extremely proud of how they have transformed English rugby.

But that was a comprehensive win for Ireland, more than four points.

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Joe Launchbury looks dejected as Jonny Sexton celebrates
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Ireland did the damage in the first half and refused to let England pay back the debt.

It was a match to pulverise muscle to mince - but that goes without saying at this level.

What might concern Eddie Jones was Ireland's game was tight and taught as a squaddie's bedsheet. England's was pockmarked with errors and inaccuracies.

And, if you want to be the best side in the world, that doesn't cut it.

'One of Ireland's greatest wins'

Ireland 13-9 England

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Ireland's players celebrate at full-time
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This will definitely rank as one of Ireland's greatest wins, going in truly against the odds against what is a tremendous England team.

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Tom Luce: England win, everyone sings their praises. When losing, people are quick to say "they aren't that good". Ireland beat NZ.

Matthew Harris:  Everyone's going to gloat like we got the wooden spoon but we're still champions. All we lost here was the cherry on top.

John: For all the trolls and England haters about to crawl out the woodwork. Still champions and joint world record holders!

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Ireland 13-9 England

Mike Brown knocks on and there is to be no miracle escape...

Ireland 13-9 England

Penalty to England. Just outside their own 22m.

They have to run it.

Kyle Sinckler rumbles up to the 10m.

Ireland 13-9 England

England coach Eddie Jones pulls on his cardie in the stands.

This looks like it is done.

England spin wide though...

'Make or break for England'

Ireland 13-9 England

Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

Danny Care gestures at Luke McGrath
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England have got to do something. It's make or break time.

Ireland 13-9 England

Peter O'Mahony claims an Ireland line-out on the England 22m.

But the Ireland rolling maul has stalled and failed to get the ball to ground.

England with the put-in to the scrum on their own 22m.

One minute left, four points adrift and three-quarters of the field.

That is tough maths.

Ireland 13-9 England

Ireland rolling through the phases, playing low-risk one-out runners.

And then Luke McGrath, anti-freeze for blood, puts in a dead-eyed kick behind Jack Nowell to pin England back on their own line.

They are 95 metres from a Grand Slam. It is an awful long way.

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Alex Taylor:  Tipped Ireland to spoil the party - England have to lose at some point May as well be away in Dublin - not over yet though...

The Meme Man:  England architects of their own destruction here. No escape from jail on this occasion.

'Mentally challenging for Ireland'

Ireland 13-9 England

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Luke McGrath clears for Ireland
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For Ireland, it's such a mentally challenging time. 

They've been in this position before, thinking 'only six minutes left, only five minutes left...' it creeps into your mind.

Every one of the England players also thinks 'we've done this before, we just need the ball'.

Ireland 13-9 England

Niall Scannell is on in place of Rory Best at hooker for Ireland.

Luke McGrath has come on at scrum-half.

He takes an age over a put into the scrum, milking the clock for a few more seconds.

A frustrated and diving Danny Care swats the ball out of the scrum-half's hands at the back and that is a penalty to Ireland.

That might be the match-loser.

'Farrell unsure about conditions'

Ireland 13-9 England

Matt Dawson

England World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

England are playing slightly into a breeze the way the weather is coming down and Owen Farrell was unsure about that penalty. If you're unsure, boot the leather out of that ball into touch.

Ireland 13-9 England

And Jamie George misses his man!

Peter O'Mahony grasps the ball a fraction of a second before Maro Itoje and Ireland have possession.

Massive cheers around the Aviva.

Payne hits 100

Ireland 13-9 England

Jared Payne
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Ireland full back Jared Payne has now broken the 100-metre mark for distance made, while his England counterpart Mike Brown has made just half that.

The Irish are defending well, too. They've missed seven tackles to England's 15 so far, with Iain Henderson and Peter O'Mahony making nine tackles apiece.

Ireland 13-9 England

Is this one of the shots at goal?

England are awarded a penalty just inside the Ireland half.

Do they kick? Into the wind and rain?

Nope, Owen Farrell kick for position rather than points.

England line-out on the Ireland 22m.

Greatest comeback ever?

Ireland 13-9 England

Ireland 13-9 England

A bit of scrum jiggery-pokery.

Two very tired packs dredging for the last few watts of power.

Finally England get the ball away from the set-piece.

The rain is teeming down. This is not the weather for running rugby and the visitors need a try. 

Or two penalties double-quick.

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Ben Wire:  Ireland have finally exposed England; we've looked vulnerable this year. Our luck is no match for the luck of the Irish...

Nick Hughes: England want to send a message to New Zealand, they're achieving that. All Blacks would still win easy.

Joshua Byers Warner:  I don't understand why Owen is for the kick for points instead of kicking it to the corner for a try!

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Ben Te'o goes off injured
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Ben Te'o looks distinctly groggy as he gets to his feet after a heavy tackle.

The England centre wants to stay on. Wiser heads prevail.

He is off for a head injury assessment and George Ford has been brought back into the fray off the bench.

'England have the depth'

Ireland 13-9 England

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Nathan Hughes
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You just sense the power England bring off the bench, the extra step up they can take.

Ireland don't have that at the moment, they don't have that depth. Some critical substitutions.