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Wales crush Ireland to win third Six Nations grand slam in 11 years

• Wales 25-7 Ireland
• Parkes try and Anscombe masterclass give Wales victory

On the eve of the day of St Patrick, a hat-trick of grand slams for Warren Gatland. Wales’s head coach marked his final campaign in the Six Nations, with the men in red at least, in the manner of his first by beating all the rest. Ireland did not consider him to be good enough when they sacked him in 2001 but his record since then has been one of unrivalled success.

No coach in the history of the championship, five nations or six, had masterminded three grand slams and this victory reflected the mental and physical resolve he has brought to a side known for its flakiness and tendency to implode after success. In terms of individual players, this is far from Wales’s best ever, but as a team, there has never been one as collectively strong.

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