All Blacks' Test winning record stays safe as Ireland upstage England in Dublin




Ireland have defeated England 13-9 in Dublin to bring their 18-Test match winning streak to an end.

The hosts lead 10-3 at the halftime break, before seeing off a spirited England comeback to seal a memorable - and record ending - win.

Iain Henderson scored the only try of the match, going over from close range after a powerful lineout drive from the hosts.

FULLTIME: Ireland 13 England 9

Last play now for England, they need to go the length of the field and score. Regular time now up on the clock. IT'S OVER! IRELAND WIN TO END ENGLAND'S STREAK AT 18 WINS. No new record today as Ireland play giant killers once again!.

79 mins: Ireland 13 England 9

Less than a minute to go now. It's Ireland's game to lose.

76 mins: Ireland 13 England 9

Ireland trying to run the clock down now. England getting anxious now and are making mistakes. A try to either side will decide this game.

71 mins: Ireland 13 England 9

Ben Te'o is the latest to leave the field with injury. Owen Farrell has to come back on to replace him/

68 mins Ireland 13 England 9

Penalty! England with another shot now. Farrell lines up his third kick of the match, it's another good one! Ireland's lead cut back to just four points. Another big decision now as England take Farrell off, he's scored all of their points so far, but the'll have to win without him.

63 mins: Ireland 13 England 6

Penalty! Another big, late hit on Sexton, England's plan clear now as Ireland given a penalty. Rory Best signals the referee to put an end to some slightly underhand tactics from Eddie Jones. Sexton lines up the kick, and it's good! What a kick! Ireland's lead back to seven points.

60 mins: Ireland 10 England 6

Sexton is not being allowed any time on the ball whatsoever. Incredible rish defence from England. Elsewhere, McGrath is replaced by Cian Healy, Ireland's hero of the 2011 World Cup win against Australia at Eden Park. 20 minutes still to play with this game there for the taking.

55 mins: Ireland 10 England 6

Big call from Eddie Jones as his captain Dylan Hartley is subbed off with just under half an hour to play. Jamie George replaces him at hooker.

52 mins: Ireland 10 England 6

Penalty! Ireland are called offside at the breakdown, Owen Farrell opts again for a shot at goal. It's good! The kick just creeps over to cut Ireland's lead to just four points in the second half.

48 mins: Ireland 10 England 3

Already England are looking a more composed side in the second spell than they were before the break. They've had most of the ball so far in the second half. However, Ireland's defence has been resolute - no change to the halftime score.

41 mins: Ireland 10 England 3

Both sides make their way back out for the second spell. England need a performance here to usurp the All Blacks and claim a 19th straight Test win. Ireland are looking to play giant-killers once again, leading by seven after the interval. Sexton gets things underway with a deep kick into England's territory 

HALFTIME: Ireland 10 England 3

The referee brings a thrilling half to a close. Ireland holding a seven point lead, however we've seen time and time again that you can never write off Eddie Jones' England. The players head down the tunnel for the break. We'll be back soon with continued coverage.

34 mins: Ireland 10 England 3

Ireland with a whopping 72% so far in the first half. Both sides looking exhausted already, Rory Best has warranted medical attention, with blood pouring from a gash above his eye, what a contest so far!

25 mins: Ireland 10 England 3

TRY! Incredible play from Ireland, they must have amassed more than 30 phases attacking the England line. They win a penalty and opt to go for the lineout. The following play sees Henderson go over for a try! Or has he? The referee wants to check upstairs. Nothing wrong with that! Ireland score the first try of this encounter. Immense from the Ireland lock to score that, Sexton makes no mistake with his second kick. Ireland up by seven.

20 mins: Ireland 3 England 3

Sexton is down, England targeting the Ireland first-five. He's up and ready to go again, England making their plan clear early on here. Sexton punts the ball downfield from a penalty that leaves Ireland in a great position.

17 mins: Ireland 3 England 3

Penalty! Ireland penalised for not rolling away. England will opt for a shot at goal, Owen Farrell steps up to take it. A reasonable distance out, but right infront of the posts, he nails it and it's all square in Dublin. Rory Best returns to the pitch, he's come up clear of any sort of concussion.

11 mins: Ireland 3 England 0

Penalty! Ireland take the lead! A cool penalty from Sexton has the hosts up by three.

7 mins: Ireland 0 England 0

Ireland go close! A former Kiwi, Jared Payne makes a smart break down the right wing. He finds Earls with a pass, but the Ireland winfer can't stay in play. Elsewehere, Rory Best has left the field of play with a headknock. Big loss for Ireland.

6 minutes: Ireland 0 England 0

Some sloppy play from both sides to start the match. Wet conditions mean a greasy playing surface, with neither side able to get the upper hand in the early stages. Still scoreless.


We're away, England kick to Ireland to start the match.


There is a slight delay to kick off - with Wales v France set to reach a thrilling conclusion.


Here we are. England take on Ireland in Dublin with the sole purpose of bringing up their 19th straight Test match win, a result which would see them overtake the All Blacks' streak achieved late in 2016.

The visitors have already sealed the Six Nations crown, focusing solely on making history here today.

They will come face to face with none other than Ireland, the side that ended the All Blacks record with an historic victory in Chicago last year.

New Zealand fans all over the world will be hoping for the men in green to come up with a result here today, keeping their side's record intact.


England: 15. Mike Brown, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Owen Farrell, 11. Elliot Daly, 10. George Ford, 9. Ben Youngs, 8. Billy Vunipola, 7. James Haskell, 6. Maro Itoje, 5. Courtney Lawes 4. Joe Launchbury, 3. Dan Cole, 2. Dylan Hartley (c), 1. Joe Marler.

Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Marko Vunipola, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. Tom Wood, 20. Nathan Hughes, 21. Danny Care, 22. Ben Te'o, 23. Jack Norwell.

Ireland: 15. Jared Payne, 14. Keith Earls, 13. Garry Ringnose, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. Simon Zebo, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Kieran Marmion, 8. CJ Stander, 7. Sean O'Brien, 6. Peter O'Mahony, 5. Iain Henderson, 4. Donnacha Ryan, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 2. Rory Best (c), 1. Jack McGrath.

Replacements: 16. Niall Scannell, 17. Cian Healy. 18. John Ryan, 19. Devin Toner, 20. Dan Leavy, 21. Luke McGrath, 22. Paddy Jackson, 23. Andrew Conway.

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