Best of the Slams: This is the most successful Irish team – ever

Grand Slam win puts the final stamp of greatness on this world-class Ireland squad

The Irish rugby team arrive at the Shelbourne Hotel after their Six Nations victory in Twickenham. A public homecoming in the Aviva Stadium was cancelled due to snow.

Winners all right, and now assuredly the most successful Irish team of the professional era – or any other one, for that matter – even allowing for the three titles and Grand Slam from the 1948-51 generation.

The final table tells no lies and Ireland were so good they even finished with 26 points out of a possible 28, picking up the additional three bonus points that came with winning all five matches, as well as one bonus point apiece in their three home wins.

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