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# Grand Slam

March 2023
# clean sweep
Analysis: How did Ireland win the Grand Slam?
Discipline, kicking, attacking variety, and a deep squad were all important in the Irish success.
# Grand Slam
Ireland rugby boss Andy Farrell plans on making team even better for tilt at World Cup glory
‘There’s a long way for us to go for us to be at our best.’
# Grand Ambitions
Farrell plans on making Ireland even better for tilt at World Cup glory
‘There’s a long way for us to go for us to be at our best.’
# Leader
'Growing up, all I wanted to do was play for Ireland and captain Ireland'
Johnny Sexton helped his team to Grand Slam glory before being forced off injured.
# Analysis
Sheehan's set-piece stunner, Conan's offload, and the Grand Slam-sealing tries
Ireland came up with some clinical scores when they needed them most.
# Glory Days
Ireland finish over the top of England to claim glorious Grand Slam
There were nervy moments but Andy Farrell’s side had too much for 14-man England.
# Glory Days
Ireland finish over the top of England to claim glorious Grand Slam
There were nervy moments but Andy Farrell’s side had too much for 14-man England.
# On the brink
Grand Slam beckons on what could be one of Irish rugby's greatest days
Andy Farrell’s men are overwhelming favourites to get the job done against England.
# Changes
Arundell set for first start and Farrell returns as England name team to face Ireland
Arundell has replaced Max Malins on the left wing.
# caution
'We’ve won nothing yet' - Tadhg Furlong warns against complacency ahead of England clash
The Ireland prop wants the team to deliver a performance that fans can be proud of on Saturday.
# Take a Bow
'We really clicked' - Praise for Ireland U20s after thrashing Scotland
However, Richie Murphy knows there is a sterner challenge coming next week when they face England.
Last year
# Looking Back
Emotional Boris Becker relied on 'blood brothers' to protect him in prison
The 55-year-old was deported to Germany after being released last week.
Simona Halep provisionally suspended after failed drug test
The Romanian tested positive for the anti-anaemia drug Roxadustat at the US Open but has vowed to clear her name.
# shots fired
'I've admired Serena but I don't think she has ever admired me,' says record-holder Court
The 80-year-old Australian feels under-appreciated in the sport despite her dominance in the 1960s and early ’70s.
# Take a Bow
History-making Jabeur sets up Wimbledon semi with 'BBQ buddy' Maria
The Tunisian went one set down to Czech opponent Marie Bouzkova but lost only two games after that.
# The Grand Design
Jordan Spieth looking for career grand slam at US PGA Championship
The presence or absence of defending champion Phil Mickelson which will dominate the conversation at Southern Hills.
# Dominant
England Women on track for Slam with big win over Wales in front of record crowd
France will likely have something to say about this English team’s bid for the championship.
# Augusta
Tiger Woods playing at the Masters would be 'phenomenal' - McIlroy
Woods has not competed in a top-level event since a car accident last year.
# doubt
Boris Becker doesn't know where his Wimbledon trophies are
The former world number one denies 24 charges under the Insolvency Act.
# Trés Bien
Ireland have to settle for second as France claim glorious Grand Slam
France have won their first title since 2010 after beating England in Paris.
# Trés Bien
France march on in Grand Slam bid with bonus-point win against Scotland
Fabien Galthié’s men were too strong for the Scots at Murrayfield.
# Tennis
Djokovic 'not anti-vax' but would rather skip events than be forced into jab
The Serbian was deported in extraordinary circumstances on the eve of last month’s Australian Open.
# William Hill
Ireland to bring the intent: Key talking points ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash in Paris
Ciaran Kennedy previews a massive game at the Stade de France.
# The Boss
'Onto the next one' - Farrell a happy man as Ireland look to Paris
An opening-day victory against Wales tees this Irish side up for a visit to France.
# Novak Djokovic
Djokovic lawyers say positive Covid-19 test cleared way for vaccine exemption
Djokovic has won a legal reprieve from deportation, but it’s unclear whether he will be able to play in the January 17-30 Australian Open.
All time
# True Great
'It was instantly obvious to me that she was a player ahead of her time'
Claire Molloy made a huge impact for Ireland over the course of 74 caps.
# sadness
Tsitsipas learned of grandmother's death minutes before French Open final
Novak Djokovic overturned a two-set deficit to win 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and secure his 19th Grand Slam title.
# Roland Garros
Federer impresses with straight-sets win on grand slam return at French Open
The 39-year-old is playing in his first major tournament since last year’s Australian Open after two knee operations.
# Trailblazers
'I just burst into tears': Remembering the Ireland team that won the Grand Slam and toppled New Zealand
In the final part of our ‘Trailblazers’ series, we relive a historic 18 months for the national women’s side with players who were there.
# On track
Wales are one win away from a Grand Slam after hammering Italy
Wayne Pivac’s men made it four from four ahead of next weekend’s visit to France.
# Grand Slam
Osaka wins second US Open title and says she's keeping Kobe Bryant's legacy alive
The 22-year-old lost the opening set to Victoria Azarenka 6-1 but fought back to claim the silverware in New York.
# Potential
Grand Slam dream denied but Ireland U20 stars have bright futures
Many of Noel McNamara’s young squad are already making progress with their provinces.
# Slammers
Quiz: How well do you know Ireland's Grand Slam success years?
Let’s find out what you know here.
# Off
World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy set to be cancelled
The competition was scheduled to take place in Northern Italy this summer.
# the fear
Sexton: ‘Our biggest challenge is up ahead’
Despite being on course to win another grand slam, Johnny Sexton is preaching caution ahead of the trip to Twickenham.
# golden years
‘I’m not going to try and over-egg it, we got lucky in 2009’ – BOD opens up about Ireland’s grand slam year
The former Irish captain outlined in an exclusive podcast with The Times of London how he was riddled with self-doubt in the run-in to that season.
# triumph
21-year-old American Kenin claims sensational Australian Open title win
She stunned two-time Major champion Garbine Muguruza.
Ireland U20s seeking right attitude as they launch defence of their title
Noel McNamara’s youngsters kick their campaign off against Scotland in Cork tonight.
# Grand Slam
38-year-old Federer to play French Open ahead of gold medal bid in Tokyo
Federer has only won the French Open once.
Murray to make Grand Slam return after fearing his career was over
The former world number one is working his was back from hip surgery and has been confirmed for the Australian Open.