Ireland sealed a third Six Nations Grand Slam with a 29-16 win over 14-man England on a day captain Johnny Sexton also became the tournament's outright all-time leading points scorer.

France put the pressure on Ireland by moving into top spot with victory over Wales earlier on Saturday, but Andy Farrell's side responded at the Aviva Stadium in the final fixture of the tournament.

Ireland were helped by a contentious red card issued to Freddie Steward on the stroke of half-time, at which point the first of Dan Sheehan's two tries and Sexton's record-breaking penalty had given the hosts a four-point advantage.

Robbie Henshaw and Sheehan appeared to put Ireland completely out of reach before Jamie George's score gave England a glimmer of hope, but Rob Herring got the party in full swing in Dublin with a bonus point-clinching try late on.

England came into the game on the back of their heaviest ever home defeat, but they played the role of party-poopers well early on thanks to a couple of penalties from returning captain Owen Farrell.

Sexton got Ireland off the mark, and the home side's gamble to turn down further penalty opportunities paid off when Josh van der Flier broke out of the lineout and fed Sheehan to race through.

The visitors were still very much in the contest at that point, but they were dealt a major blow when Steward was sent off by referee Jaco Peyper after his shoulder connected with Hugo Keenan's head.

Despite the man disadvantage, England moved to within a point of their opponents through the clinical kicking of Farrell, but Ireland soon pulled clear as Henshaw found a gap to race through and Sheehan was played into space in the corner for his second score.

Sexton hobbled off having converted both tries, shortly after George burst over the line from a quick lineout, but England lost Jack Willis to a yellow card – leaving them with 13 men – and it was Herring who rounded off the scoring by scrambling over for a fourth try.