Ireland v England: Down memory lane
It’s now been 10 long years since the Red Rose bloomed in Dublin, with England sent home to think again on each and every occasion since 2003. Clive Woodward’s side may have crushed Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes a decade ago at the old Lansdowne Road, but Ireland have lorded it over the auld enemy on home soil in the intervening years – if one chooses to ignore, which we happily will, the rather meaningless 2011 World Cup warm-up game at the Aviva Stadium.
Setting that blip aside, we look back here at the last five meetings in Dublin.
Sunday, March 30th, 2003
Ireland 6 England 43
A bleak day to be an Irishman, as hopes of a first clean sweep since 1947 were brutally crushed by Martin Johnson and his horde of 'orcs on steroids'. The side that would go on to lift the World Cup in Australia gave no quarter, getting their retaliation in first and knocking Ireland out of their stride before a ball was even kicked in anger. What happened before the anthems may have been bad manners, but once the match got underway it was clear England had plenty of bite to go with their bark. Playing into a swirling wind the visitors were limited to 13-6 at the interval. What happened after the break was sheer carnage.
From the Archives: England dump Ireland's hopes
No one can say Ireland didn't give it a go, which perhaps made it all the more salutary. England weren't of a mind to let another Grand Slam slip by and were simply awesome in finally reaching their Six Nations Holy Grail. Talk about being put in your place. Read Gerry Thornley’s full match report here
How they lined out
Ireland:G Murphy (Leicester); J Bishop (London Irish), B O'Driscoll (Leinster/Blackrock, capt), K Maggs (Bath), D Hickie (Leinster/St Mary's); D Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon), P Stringer (Munster/Shannon); M Horan (Munster/Shannon), S Byrne (Leinster/Blackrock), J Hayes (Munster/Shannon), G Longwell (Ulster/Ballymena), M O'Kelly (Leinster/St Mary's), V Costello (Leinster/Blackrock), A Foley (Munster/Shannon), K Gleeson (Leinster/St Mary's). Replacements: P O'Connell (Munster/Young Munster) for Longwell (56 mins), R O'Gara (Munster/Constitution) for Humphreys (63 mins), A Quinlan (Munster/Shannon) for Costello (65 mins), J Fitpatrick (Ulster/Dungannon) for Horan (75 mins), G Dempsey (Leinster/Terenure) for O'Driscoll (80 mins).
England:J Lewsey (Wasps); J Robinson (Sale), M Tindall (Bath). W Greenwood (Harlequins), B Cohen (Northampton); J Wilkinson (Newcastle), M Dawson (Northampton); G Rowntree (Leicester), S Thompson (Northampton), J Leonard (Harlequins), M Johnson (Leicester, capt), B Kay (Leicester), R Hill (Saracens), N Back (Leicester), L Dallaglio (Wasps). Replacements: D Luger (Harlequins) for Tindall (71 mins), T Woodman (Gloucester) for Rowntree (37 mins).
Sunday, February 27th, 2005
Ireland 19 England 13
The high water mark of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign, Brian O’Driscoll was again the scourge of the English as his 60th minute try sealed a memorable win. The success owed much to a resolute defence organised masterfully by Mike Ford with the turning point coming 20 minutes from time, when what O’Driscoll would describe later as “a bit of Geordy magic" saw the Ireland fullback put his skipper away in the corner. With three wins in the bank, the result fuelled expectation of a Grand Slam, but Ireland would go on to lose their final two matches – France at home and Wales away – to finish among the also rans.
From the Archives: Irish mix guile with guts to see off old foe
When you know how to win, you know how to win. And, by extension, when you know how to lose, you know how to lose. England had the winning of this match, but ultimately didn't know how, whereas Ireland dug deep defensively, struck stealthily, and then, being Ireland, dug even deeper to hang on. Read Gerry Thornley’s full match report here
How they lined out
Ireland:G Murphy (Leicester); G Dempsey (Leinster/Terenure College), B O'Driscoll (Leinster/Blackrock College, capt), S Horgan (Leinster/Lansdowne), D Hickie (Leinster/St Mary's College); R O'Gara (Munster/Cork Constitution), P Stringer (Munster/Shannon); R Corrigan (Leinster/Greystones), S Byrne (Leinster/Blackrock College), J Hayes (Munster/Bruff), M O'Kelly (Leinster/St Mary's College), P O'Connell (Munster/Young Munster), S Easterby (Llanelli), J O'Connor (Wasps), A Foley (Munster/Shannon). Replacements:M Horan (Munster-Shannon) for Corrigan (68 mins). Not used:F Sheahan (Munster/Cork Constitution), D O'Callaghan (Munster/Cork Constitution), E Miller (Leinster/Terenure College), G Easterby (Leinster/Blackrock College), D Humphreys (Ulster/Dungannon), K Maggs (Ulster/Belfast Harlequins).