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Watch: Ireland U20s Complete Groundbreaking Back-To-Back Grand Slams

Watch: Ireland U20s Complete Groundbreaking Back-To-Back Grand Slams
By Colman Stanley Updated
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Ireland U20s have won a historic and ground breaking Six Nations Grand Slam, with a 36-24 win over England at Musgrave Park.

They have become the first side to complete a senior and U20s Grand Slam in the same year, and the first side to achieve back-to-back U20s Grand Slams.

A Pulsating Encounter

Ireland started the match in a furious fashion and scored an early try through winger Hugh Gavin.

However, despite dominating the opening quarter, England found themselves in a 5-7 lead with a first-phase try from Tobias Elliot.

Ireland managed to rally, and went into half-time with a 12-7 lead, after Brian Gleeson touched down thanks to a lightning quick maul.

Ireland U20s vs England U20s

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England thought they had drawn level when Lewis Chessum charged down a Fintan Gunne box kick at the beginning of the second half.

Thankfully the referee spotted that he may not have grounded the ball, and overturned the score before the conversion was taken.

Ireland then began to turn the screw, with George Hadden going over from close range, while England were reduced to 13 men after Tobias Elliot was sent to the bin and Monty Bradbury was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Henry McErlean.

Player of the Match Brian Gleeson added his second of day, before Gavin also got his second when he got on the end of a Sam Prendergast cross-field kick.

England managed to mount a mini comeback, taking the score from 31-10 to 31-24, but Fintan Gunne secured the win with a late try.

SEE ALSO: English Media Reaction To Ireland Winning The Six Nations Grand Slam

18 March 2023; Ireland players, from left, Jonathan Sexton, Caelan Doris and Josh van der Flier celebrate after teammate Dan Sheehan scores their side's first try during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and England at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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