LIST | 4 times England vs Ireland got HEATED

2. Martin Johnson refuses to move

It was an unintended act of defiance but the England captain’s decision not to obey the exhortations of a steward to move along the carpet so that Ireland could take their usual place in 2003 set the tone for the day on which England finally did claim a Grand Slam. 

Even the Irish president, Mary McAleese had to get her shoes dirty to perform the ceremonial handshaking. That moment has since been described as defining footstep towards that team going on to lift the Rugby World Cup in Sydney later that year.


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