Excellent all round until hit by Freddie Steward. Tackling, high ball, lines of running excellent for 40 minutes.
Lots of early involvement in defence and attack and was a threat when Ireland had few on offer. Strong performance
Worked hard and tackled his share. Less visible in the first half but scored a crucial try when it was a one point game.
A tackling machine in the first half. Willing and real physicality threatened England. Smashed Steward. Carried hard.
A bit of everything but got under the opponent’s noses and made ground. Tackled hard too and kept energy levels high.
An excellent crossfield kick in the second half when Ireland needed something. Place kicking flawless. A captain’s game.
Set the tempo as always. Quick to the break down with crisp passing and always the threat of something else.
Aggressive and effective in the loose. As always put his body on the line and sets a feisty example around the park.
Great take and showed real dynamism in the dash for his first try. Then another on the right wing and why not for player of the match?
A few signs of rust in the first half but a good shift and high work rate. Super defensive work in the opening phases.
Showed great athletic ability and always able to grind in defence. Big turnover late in the second half and carried strongly in traffic.
Big input throughout the game and took some effective carries. Right to the end was abrasive and competitive.
Took a few tough lineouts and was his usual abrasive presence around the breakdown, especially during the early phases.
Josh van der Flier
Huge workrate from the flanker and was a nuisance as normal. His peel away and delivery to Sheehan for the first try showed perfect timing.
Not as visible as he has been in a heavy kicking game. Effective in the thick of yards gained and tackling. Good outing.
Excellent work from Jack Conan, particularly his offload to Sheehan for the third try. The bench dovetailed seamlessly, including Jimmy O’Brien at fullback and Rob Herring scoring the final try.
A Grand Slam match eked out against an improved England team. Not Ireland’s most polished performance but it is about results. Again, bench used well to close out and improve the score.