ENGLAND'S winning run was finally brought to a close as their quest for consecutive Grand Slams ended in a 13-9 defeat by Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

The reigning RBS 6 Nations champions fell to a try by Iain Henderson and eight points from Johnny Sexton, denying them the 19th successive Test victory that would have eclipsed the record set by New Zealand last year.

It meant that the Irish finished as runners-up with the French, who beat Wales in the middle fixture of Super Saturday, third.

Scotland slipped to fourth despite their comfortable victory against Italy while Rob Howley's men ended in a disappointing fifth after the late drama in Paris. 

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