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Ireland claimed only their third Grand Slam at Twickenham.

Joe Schmidt has beautifully summed up Ireland's Six Nations Champions

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Rory Best and his band of merry Irishman signed their names into rugby folklore on Saturday as they claimed a St. Patricks day Grand Slam at the expense of a woeful England.

Ireland haven't looked back since their heart-stopping win in Paris in the opening round when Johnny Sexton slotted a last-gasp drop goal to steal a win at the home of Les Bleus.

They then welcomed a hapless Italy to Dublin and piled on the misery, running in eight tries as they put 50 past the perennial Six Nations wooden spooners.

Next up it was the Weslh who were put to the sword as the men in green dominated yet again, winning comfortably in front of their joyous home fans.

Thier trip to Edinburgh to face a resurgent Scotland posed their greatest threat to the unbeaten record but Schmidt's team were imperious once again, efficiently doing away with the Scots as they marched on toward the Grand Slam.

When they took to the hallowed Twickenham turf in the final round, Ireland had already secured the Six Nations title and only England stood between them and the biggest St Paddy's day party of them all.

As with all the other hurdles that were put in front of them, Ireland cleared it with ease, dominating England on their own patch, running in three tries to claim an historic Grand Slam.

Tributes came pouring in for the Irish after what has been a once-in-a-lifetime championship.

Irish rugby immortal Brian Odriscoll was full of praise for captain Rory Best but it was the comments of coach Joe Schmidt that will be most fondly remembered by the players and fans alike.

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When asked what made this team so special Schmidt gave a reply that was quite simply beautiful.

“The earthiness of them. We had Christy Moore in on Monday and he was fantastic. And he sang Ordinary Man at one stage. They are ordinary men who are an extraordinary team who delivered exceptional deeds.”

Ordinary men who delivered exceptional deeds. Brilliant.

The party will be well and truly underway in Dublin tonight and Schmidt's comments will only make the Guinness go down a whole lot easier.

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