"England have trodden this painful path twice before in Dublin, beaten on the Six Nations Championship's final day in 2001 and 2011 when they had a Grand Slam at stake - but this magnificent, focussed, clever effort by Ireland surely topped both of those much-recalled days of recent rugby history", he wrote.
"England are a fantastic team and they are deserved champions and we're delighted to beat a team like that today". Ringrose was a revelation again today. But full credit to Ireland. "But a game that demonstrated courage is still important at this level".
Line-out specialist Devin Toner has given way to Iain Henderson in the second row, a likely signal that Schmidt will be looking for his forwards to carry the ball into contact, a unsafe game perhaps against England's monster pack.
As for England, well they did win back to back Six Nations titles and suffered only their first loss in 19 games - that is not a bad return. Well done to Ireland, they beautifully caged it.
Such is England's strength in depth that experienced scrum-half Danny Care finds himself playing second fiddle to Ben Youngs and impressive hooker Jamie George must wait his turn behind England captain Dylan Hartley.
The English forwards began to exert increased pressure to nullify Ireland's superiority in possession, and the final 10 minutes developed into a war of attrition as the rain fell.
A fourth victory of the year over his fellow countrymen meant England ended the year unbeaten and ranked No2 behind New Zealand.
Sexton, who was subject to a debatable late hit from Tom Wood, then nailed a hard 50m penalty after Maro Itoje had strayed offside.
England wont need to change too much with regard to their tactics.
Rather than go for goal, Ireland opted for a line-out just five metres out.
The Red Roses extended their lead 14 minutes after half-time when Worcester Valkyries prop Keates dived over to score a try on her 60 worldwide appearance.
Farrell's penalty reduced the gap to four but Sexton - on 62 minutes - stretched the lead back to seven.
She executed a number of steals and was the main ball victor in the Irish line-outs however the home side were on the backfoot for most of the contest as the English produced some excellent rugby to win easily. It seems Joe Schmidt had an answer ready when asked about the insights his defence coach had about his son, and showed some fighting spirit in dismissing as "outside noise" comments made by his opposite number Eddie Jones.
They did get close, though and while Farrell kicked a superb 50th-minute penalty to narrow the gap to four points - at no stage did they get a lead.
Tommy Seymour's impressive score sealed a bonus point as Scotland won three Six Nations matches for the first time since 2006.
If ever they needed their replacements or "finishers" as Jones likes to call them, it was now.
Ireland captain Rory Best was not happy with the amount of "late" tackles going in on Johnny Sexton.