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Irish men’s and women’s rugby teams arrive back home as Six Nations champions

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Jamie Heaslip with Irish fans after the Irish Rugby side arrived at Dublin Airport following their 6 Nations Championship win
Jamie Heaslip with Irish fans after the Irish Rugby side arrived at Dublin Airport following their 6 Nations Championship win

The Irish men’s and women’s rugby teams arrived back on home soil as Six Nations champions yesterday after obliterating Scottish opposition by a combined 113 points to 13,

Paul O’Connell led the men’s team out to meet the fans after they touched down in Dublin Airport yesterday afternoon.

Hundreds of people gathered to cheer the players whose 40-10 victory over the Scots 24 hours earlier gave them just enough points to pip England and Wales to the title.

Players spent time signing autographs and jerseys and posing for selfies, even letting some have a hold of the replica trophy which will be replaced by the real one when it arrives from Twickenham later this week.

Last night, after meeting the fans, the players had the chance for another celebration, this time with family and friends at an event in a Dublin hotel before a number of them prepare today to head back to join up with their provincial teammates.

Meanwhile,  the women’s side, led by captain Niamh Briggs, posted a massive 73-3 victory, including 11 tries, over their Scottish counterparts at Scotland’s Broadwood Stadium. That was more than enough to wipe out the 27-point winning margin required to beat the French to the Six Nations title — they were 37-3 in the lead by half-time.

After initial celebrations in Scotland, the championship-winning side flew back into Dublin last night.

They touched down ahead of schedule around 9.30pm at Dublin Airport with the Six Nations trophy.

The victory, which was the biggest ever in the history of the competition, was greeted with tremendous support, as led by Irish captain Niamh Briggs, the Irish squad and management arrived on flight EY7868 from Glasgow to a heroine's welcome.