Less than a week after lifting the RBS 6 Nations trophy, Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has won the RBS Player of the Championship award. Securing over 26% of the public vote, the Limerick man received the backing of 18,842 fans.
The final day of the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Championship more than lived up to its billing of 'Super Saturday' with a record 221 points and 27 tries scored, smashing the former marks for a round of RBS 6 Nations rugby. Previously the highest tally of points from a three-match round was 196 on February 17, 2001, while the most tries had been 23 in the final round in 2007.
The 2015 RBS 6 Nations produced an unforgettable final round as Paul O'Connell joined former Ireland captains Karl Mullen (1948 and 1949) and Ciaran Fitzgerald (1982 and 1985) as a two-time Championship-winning skipper.
It was nail-biting, nerve shredding and epic! Relive Ireland's RBS 6 Nations Championship day from the squad's arrival at Murrayfield to the trophy presentation in our exclusive tunnel and pitch cam video.
Captain Paul O'Connell said emulating the 1948-1949 Ireland team in winning back-to-back Championships is an incredible achievement for Irish rugby's class of 2015. With the great Jack Kyle having passed away last November, O'Connell felt there might have been someone watching down at them as their hard work paid off with a title-clinching win over Scotland.
Ireland got the job done in the final round of the RBS 6 Nations, defeating Scotland 40-10 to win their second successive Championship crown on points scoring difference. Check out our galleries from Saturday and Sunday.
Paying tribute to the Ireland supporters at Murrayfield, RBS 6 Nations winner Luke Fitzgerald said: "Thanks a million to the fans from the all guys. They were fantastic. We really felt their support out there, they were the '16th man' and helped us get over the line."
Sean O'Brien scored two tries and produced a man-of-the-match performance as Ireland beat Scotland 40-10 to finish top of the table and retain the RBS 6 Nations title. He spoke to Irish Rugby TV afterwards.
Speaking to Irish Rugby TV after the trophy presentation, RBS 6 Nations winner Robbie Henshaw said: "Words can't describe it...just the whole atmosphere, everyone in the stadium, just the way it ended out. It was pretty intense, the heart was rushing."
Enjoying the post-match celebrations at Murrayfield, RBS 6 Nations winner Rory Best said: "It's been a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, the last hour. The crowd have been absolutely incredible. We're just delighted to give something back to them."
Following a pulsating finish to the 2015 RBS 6 Nations with three big wins on the final day, Ireland have been confirmed as back-to-back champions. It is the first time Ireland have won successive Championships since 1948-1949.