Ireland beat England to win their fourth Six Nations Grand Slam

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Hooker Dan Sheehan scored two tries to help steer Ireland to a 29-16 victory over England on Saturday for their fourth Five/Six Nations Grand Slam.

Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton became the Six Nations all-time record points scorer after landing a penalty, also going on to convert Sheehan's double and another try by Robbie Henshaw.

It was a dream final Six Nations Test for the talismanic Irish fly-half.

"Bloody hell, what a team!" said Sexton. "We did exactly the opposite of what the coaches told us!

"But we did it in the end.

"It's like a dream I don't want to wake up from. This is what you dream of as a kid. I'm pinching myself."

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell -- who was Joe Schmidt's assistant when they won the Grand Slam in 2018 -- said it had been at one point "squeaky bum time" but he was delighted it had ended in their favour.

"It means so much to everyone here -- to be able to do a St Patrick's weekend and win a Grand Slam is always going to be special," said the 47-year-old Englishman, father of England fly-half ande skipper Owen.

Ireland went into the game knowing a victory or draw would be enough to seal the title, but were made to work by England, who had full-back Freddie Steward sent off on the stroke of half-time.

England started brightly and put the first points on the board with Owen Farrell slotting over a penalty in the eighth minute, and a second three-pointer shortly after.

The Irish were turning the pressure on but were let down by unforced errors with James Lowe throwing away possession with a loose blind pass.

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