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In Pictures: Ireland's Heroes Celebrate Their Grand Slam Triumph

In Pictures: Ireland's Heroes Celebrate Their Grand Slam Triumph

Ireland have won a Grand Slam for the third time in history, sealed with an immensely satisfying 24-15 victory at Twickenham. It compiled England's recent woes but also smithereened a proud home record: this was a first Six Nations home defeat for the deposed champions since 2012. It also confirms Joe Schmidt as Ireland's finest coach: three titles, one of them a Grand Slam the tangible reward for other great days, most notably a first-ever victory over New Zealand.

After the game, the Irish players celebrated a deserved achievement on the field with their families. Sportsfile were there too, and here are some of their images as a nation basked in success.

Ireland Celebrations 

17 March 2018; The Ireland team celebrate with the Six Nations and Triple Crown trophies after the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

17 March 2018; Tadhg Furlong of Ireland and Aine Lacey celebrate after the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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17 March 2018; Garry Ringrose of Ireland celebrates after the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

17 March 2018; Rob Kearney of Ireland celebrates with his family, from left, mother Siobhan, brother Richard, father David and girlfriend Jess Reddan after the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

17 March 2018; Ireland players, from left, Conor Murray, Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose, Jonathan Sexton, Jordi Murphy, James Ryan and Dan Leavy of Ireland of Ireland celebrate after the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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17 March 2018; James Ryan, left, with the Triple Crown trophy, and Dan Leavy of Ireland, with the Six Nations trophy, celebrate after the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

17 March 2018; CJ Stander of Ireland with wife Jean-Marie following the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

17 March 2018; Jordi Murphy of Ireland and Laura Finnegan following the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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17 March 2018; Dan Leavy of Ireland celebrates following the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

17 March 2018; Sean Cronin of Ireland celebrates following the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

17 March 2018; Jonathan Sexton of Ireland celebrates after the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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17 March 2018; Jack McGrath of Ireland celebrates after the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

17 March 2018; Ireland captain Rory Best lifts the Six Nations Championship trophy following the NatWest Six Nations Rugby Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

See Also: The Player Ratings As Ireland WIN THE GRAND SLAM

See Also: England Pre-Match Request Backfires Spectacularly To Allow Stockdale Try

Gavin Cooney
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