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Here, the PA news agency picks out some of Ireland’s greatest victories.
New Zealand 12 Ireland 23: July 9, 2022
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) July 9, 2022
Prop Andrew Porter doubled his international try tally with two crucial scores in Dunedin as Ireland capitalised on the hosts’ indiscipline to claim a landmark result.
Captain Johnny Sexton kicked 13 points to help the Irish finally defeat the All Blacks – who had front-row replacement Angus Ta’avao sent off in the first half – on New Zealand soil at the 13th time of asking.
Ireland 16 New Zealand 9: November 17, 2018
Ireland’s maiden home success over the Kiwis came almost four years ago when Jacob Stockdale’s clever try decided the game.
Fly-half Sexton added three penalties and a conversion as the Irish – then coached by Joe Schmidt – made a statement ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
England 15 Ireland 24: March 17, 2018
Ireland clinched just the third Grand Slam in their history with a superb Twickenham victory on St Patrick’s Day.
First-half tries from Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Stockdale put them in control before Schmidt’s side held off England’s second-half fightback.
Ireland 40 New Zealand 29: November 5, 2016
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) November 5, 2016
Six years ago, Ireland toppled New Zealand for the first time courtesy of a thrilling 40-29 success at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Robbie Henshaw’s late try ended a 111-year wait for bragging rights over the All Blacks, while the host city also celebrated the Cubs’ World Series baseball victory that week too.
Wales 15 Ireland 17: March 21, 2009
Ireland won their second Grand Slam and 11th championship title overall following a slender success at the Millennium Stadium.
The visitors overturned a 6-0 half-time deficit thanks to early second-half tries from Brian O’Driscoll and Tommy Bowe before Ronan O’Gara’s drop goal secured a first tournament clean sweep for 61 years.
First Grand Slam: 1948
Ireland were crowned Grand Slam champions for the first time after a 6-3 defeat of Wales 74 years ago in Belfast.
Jack Kyle played in all four games and is often credited with masterminding the Irish success.