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Championship glory, tears and a November clean sweep: Ireland's rugby season in pictures

No surprise that Brian O’Driscoll’s finale features quite a bit.

IT WAS A special season for Irish rugby with Joe Schmidt’s men capturing a 6 Nations title as well as scalping two southern hemisphere powerhouses in the autumn.

Nine wins out of ten is a spectacular return by any measurement and here are some of the best photos from one of Ireland’s most successful season’s.

Ireland 28-6 Scotland

Joe Schmidt prepares for his first 6 Nations game as coach

Joe Schmidt Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Rob Kearney stretches for a try

Rob Kearney celebrates his try Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Marty Moore gets his first cap after the game

Martin Moore receives his first cap from Pat Fitzgerald

Ireland 26-3 Wales

Leigh Halfpenny almost shaves Gordon D’Arcy’s beard with his studs

Gordon D'Arcy with Leigh Halfpenny Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Cian Healy celebrates Chris Henry’s try

Cian Healy celebrates as Chris Henry scores a try Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Paul O’Connell guffawed at the thought of Wales contending for the 6 Nations

Paul O'Connell Source: Colm O'Neill/INPHO

England 13-10 Ireland

Joe Schmidt laughs off Dylan Hartley’s come-and-get-me plea

Dylan Hartley talks with Joe Schmidt before the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Jonny May drops a clanger early on

Jonny May almost scores a try early ion the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The fans belted out Ireland’s Call with gusto

Ireland fans sing Ireland's Call before the game Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Rob Kearney scored a brilliant try straight from the training paddock

Rob Kearney goes free to score a try Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Brian O’Driscoll’s last game at Twickenham ended in defeat

Brian O'Driscoll dejected after the game Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ireland 46-7 Italy

This Italian fan is a hero

An Italian fan before the game Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Andrew Trimble claims he got the ball down

Andrew Trimble goes over for their second try Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Brian O’Driscoll leaves the Aviva as an Ireland player for the last time

Brian O'Driscoll is substituted Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

France 20-22 Ireland

Johnny Sexton scores a try for Ireland

Jonathan Sexton scores a try Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Mathieu Bastareaud bulldozes through the Irish defence

Jonathan Sexton gets injured in a tackle with Mathieu Bastareaud Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The Irish team celebrate with the 6 Nations trophy

The Ireland team celebrate winning the 2014 RBS 6 Nations championship Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The win allowed Brian O’Driscoll to go out on top

Brian O'Driscoll celebrate with the Six Nations Trophy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Argentina 17-29 Ireland

Johnny Sexton’s try-scoring form continued

Jonathan Sexton scores a try Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Argentina 17-23 Ireland

Simon Zebo was back in the Ireland squad for the summer tour

Simon Zebo Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Darren Cave was hoping to impress Joe Schmidt

Darren Cave Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Ireland 29-15 South Africa

Devin Toner claims a lineout

Devin Toner and Tebo Mohoje Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Rhys Ruddock peels off a maul to score just after half time

Rhys Ruddock makes a break with the support of Paul O'Connell Source: Colm O'Neill/INPHO

Jared Payne made his international debut at 13

Willie le Roux is tackled by Jared Payne Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Ireland 49-7 Georgia

Mike Ross and Dave Foley got some light reading in beforehand

Mike Ross and Dave Foley before the game Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Dave Kilcoyne made a few trademark bursts

Dave Kilcoyne celebrates his try Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Dominic Ryan and Dave Foley made their Ireland debuts

Dominic Ryan tackled by Merab Kvirikashvili Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ireland 26-23 Australia

Simon Zebo finished a try off excellently early on


Johnny Sexton kicks the winning penalty


Peter O’Mahony celebrates at this final whistle


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