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22 Mar, 2009 09:59

Ireland claim their first Six Nations Cup in 61 years

Ireland claim their first Six Nations Cup in 61 years

Ireland have been crowned the new Six Nations champions after claiming their first Grand Slam in 61 years. On Saturday, they beat Wales 17-15 at Cardiff to lift the trophy.

Trailing 6-0 at halftime, the Irish hit back with two converted tries.

First Brian O'Driscoll delivered the ball over the line, although it took a slow motion replay before the try was given. And then Tommy Bowe burst through. He grabbed a loose ball and ran between the posts. But it was a last minute dropped goal from Ronan o'Gara, which clinched the win – the first one since 1948.

Meanwhile, England beat Scotland 26-12 at Twickenham to claim the Calcutta Cup with tries from Monye, Flutey and Tait.

And it’s Italy who get the wooden spoon in this year’s tournament after finishing without a single win.