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The historic international rugby year as seen through the lens

2016 was a historic year for Ireland.

1. Ireland couldn’t stop the old enemy

Britain Six Nations Rugby England Ireland Source: Kirsty Wigglesworth

2. They were Black and Bleu in France

France Rugby Six Nations Source: Michel Euler

3. It was success for England in the Six Nations

France England Six Nations Rugby Source: Thibault Camus

4. Ireland’s women ended their disappointing Six Nations campaign with a convincing win over Scotland

Mary Healy celebrates with fans Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

5. CJ saw red in his homeland

CJ

6. But Schmidt’s men battled for a first win on South African soil

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7. Argentina enjoyed a stunning victory over the Springboks

Argentina South Africa Rugby Source: Natacha Pisarenko

8. The All Blacks celebrated winning the Rugby Championship in a year they recorded the most consecutive wins by a top-tier nation

Argentina New Zealand Rugby Source: Natacha Pisarenko

9. Ireland paid an emotional tribute to the late Axel Foley before the game against New Zealand in Chicago

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10. History was then made!

Ireland celebrate

11. But the All Blacks got their revenge in Dublin

Ireland v New Zealand - Autumn International - Aviva Stadium Source: Niall Carson

12. There was joy for Conor O’Shea’s Italy against South Africa

Italy South Africa Rugby Source: AP/Press Association Images

13. Foley knew the game was done for Australia in Dublin

Foley

14. Ton up for Best!

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15. The Black Ferns brushed Ireland aside ahead of next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup

NZ women

16. Unbeaten in 2016 – we’ll see you next year!

2016 Christmas Sport Package Source: Paul Harding

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