Ireland captain Paul O'Connell scores the first try of the game as Ireland claim the Six Nations title
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Ireland win the Six Nations

Records fell on an incredibly dramatic final day of the 2015 Six Nations as Ireland won the title to the disappointment of Wales and England.

Going into the day four sides stood a chance of winning the tournament; Wales, England, Ireland and France, though the latter required a series of miraculous results that did not transpire.

Wales started off the day with a thumping 61 points to 20 victory over a disheartened Italy side. George North returned to form in spectacular style, scoring a hat-trick which made up three of Wales’ eight tries, seven of which came in a dominant second half display.

It was then Ireland’s turn to put a team in blue to the sword, sweeping aside a severely disappointing Scotland side to record their biggest ever victory at Murrayfield with a 40-10 victory.

That win put Ireland in the box-seat to win the tournament – Wales’ victory earlier had required Joe Schmidt’s side to win by 21 points or more, and the eventual 30-point winning tally made a mockery of huge Welsh win.

England went into the final game of the day against France therefore needing a win of 26 points or greater over an ever-inconsistent opposition at Twickenham.

That inconsistency was evident throughout – France led 15-7 halfway through the first half but ended up 27-15 come Nigel Owens’ half time whistle.

In the end England’s record-breaking 55 points scored against France were not enough to claim the title, as the visitors provided an attacking threat that saw them score 30 points of their own.

Wales end up finishing third in the table despite recording the same number of wins as both England and Ireland in lieu of their inferior points difference.

Scotland ended up with the wooden spoon having lost all five games of the tournament, while Italy finished fifth with France rounding off the table in fourth.

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