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Grand slam and then the world? Fun for Ireland may only just be beginning

By Robert Kitson

14 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The Six Nations is one of rugby's biggest tournaments and with the World Cup later this year, it gives teams with a chance to weigh up their competition. The Guardian looks at the performances so far.

Rare indeed is the Six Nations championship that has everyone purring after two rounds. If the organisers could rewind the clock they might have preferred Ireland v France as the tournament’s grand finale, but, in some ways, a round-two classic has worked a treat. Quite apart from lifting neutrals out of their seats it has also raised the bar quality-wise for everyone else.

Given it is a Rugby World Cup year, it feels like the fun is only just beginning. Particularly if you are Irish. If there has been a more gloriously complete Six (or Five) Nations performance by an Ireland side it was hard to recall as they blasted past France in Dublin on Saturday. Shamrock-and-roll is rugby’s modern soundtrack, with even bigger stadium gigs still to come.

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