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Six Nations: Ireland v England - previous Grand Slam deciders
Six Nations final round
Date: Saturday, 18 March Kick-offs: Scotland v Italy (12:30 GMT), France v Wales (14:45), Ireland v England (17:00)
Coverage: First two matches on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Final game on BBC Radio 5 live, plus live text on all matches on BBC Sport website.

Only Ireland can prevent England from becoming the sixth team in 107 years to complete back-to-back Grand Slams, in Saturday's final Six Nations round.

Last week's 61-21 defeat of Scotland, combined with Ireland's loss to Wales, ensured England are chasing history rather than trophies in Dublin, with the tournament already won.

They can also set a new top-tier record with their 19th successive Test win.

But former coach Sir Clive Woodward has warned England to expect an "ambush".

England's Grand Slam bid is the headline act on Saturday but there is plenty of intrigue elsewhere, with Scotland hoping to send departing coach Vern Cotter off in grand style with a big win over Italy, while Wales will be targeting a potentially significant win over France in Paris.

But it is undoubtedly to Dublin where most eyes will be turned and Woodward, who led England to 2003 World Cup glory, knows what a dangerous place it can be after seeing his team beaten at the old Lansdowne Road as they attempted to complete a clean sweep in 2001.

England did clinch the 2003 Grand Slam in Dublin, but fell short in the city again in 2011.

"The Irish will have an ambush planned, they have 80 minutes to resurrect their season and I can guarantee you Eddie Jones will not consider this a successful season unless they get the job done in Dublin," Woodward told the Mail on Sunday.

Six Nations final round
Scotland v Italy12:30 GMTBBC One, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website
France v Wales14:45 GMTBBC One, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website
Ireland v England17:00 GMTBBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website