Ireland pip England to Six Nations title as skipper Peter O’Mahony is reduced to tears in potential final game

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Ireland have scooped back-to-back Six Nations championships to deny England their first title since 2020.

The Red Rose would have had the chance to win the tournament with victory over France in Saturday’s final fixture if Ireland had lost to Scotland.

Ireland beat Scotland in Dublin to win consecutive Six Nations titles

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Ireland beat Scotland in Dublin to win consecutive Six Nations titlesCredit: AFP

But Ireland, who only needed to secure at least a draw, did their job as they beat the Bravehearts 17-13 at the Aviva Stadium.

And with it being St Patrick’s Day on Sunday, the Wolfhounds have certainly given their fans the perfect excuse to let their hair down.

Andrew Porter’s 65th minute try proved to be the difference for the hosts, despite late Scotland pressure following Huw Jones’ try.

No team boasts more Six Nations titles than Ireland in the last decade, with captain Peter O’Mahony now having five winner’s medals.

And it is the first time in nine years that a team have won back-to-back Six Nation titles – which Ireland managed in 2014 and 2015.

However it could be O’Mahony’s final Test match of his career amid rumours he will call time on international rugby.

The 34-year-old was visibly emotional ahead of the match during the national anthem, where he could be seen wiping away tears.

Though speaking to ITV sport following Ireland’s victory, he remained coy on whether he would play for his country again.

The Wolfhounds won four out of their five matches in the 2024 edition

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The Wolfhounds won four out of their five matches in the 2024 editionCredit: AFP
O'Mahony was reduced to tears during the national anthem ahead of the match

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O’Mahony was reduced to tears during the national anthem ahead of the match
The Ireland skipper could call time on his international career

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The Ireland skipper could call time on his international careerCredit: AFP
Porter's 65th minute try proved to be vital for the hosts at the Aviva Stadium

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Porter’s 65th minute try proved to be vital for the hosts at the Aviva StadiumCredit: Getty

The 104-cap star said: “I don’t know. If it was my last one, it was a pretty good one.

“Thankfully we went out and did it against a good team. We showed grit, ambition with the ball, and I thought we played some good rugby.

“We spoke about getting stuck in, and put a lot of work in their legs. I thought the ten minutes after half-time was really impressive.

“It’s a huge honour every time you get selected to play for your country.”

Unlike in 2023, Ireland failed to secure the Grand Slam having lost against England at Twickenham last week.

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