England, captained by Sale hooker Eric Evans, launched their campaign with a 3-0 victory over reigning Five Nations champions Wales at Cardiff Arms Park, with Coventry full-back Fenwick Allison kicking the only points, and it was another Coventry player - wing Peter Jackson - who touched down when England beat Ireland 6-0, their first success in Dublin for 29 years.
Jackson then added two more tries in a 9-5 Twickenham win against France, before England saw off Scotland 16-3 to finish top of the table by a four-point margin.
England team (v Scotland): Challis; Jackson, Butterfield, Davies, Thompson; Bartlett, Jeeps; Jacobs, Evans (capt), Hastings, Currie, Marques, Robbins, Higgins, Ashcroft.
England ended a 23-year wait to be crowned Five Nations Grand Slam champions, and Bill Beaumont's team did it some style, scoring 10 tries in four games, setting the tone through touchdowns from Steve Smith, John Scott and Mike Slemen in an opening 24-9 victory over Ireland at Twickenham.
France were then defeated 17-13 in Paris, before three Dusty Hare penalties edged out Wales 9-8 at Twickenham in a brutal game notable for Irish referee David Burnett sending off Wales flanker Paul Ringer for a high tackle on fly-half John Horton. England then ended a memorable campaign by crushing Scotland 30-18 at Murrayfield, which included three tries for wing John Carleton.
England team (v Scotland): Hare; Carleton, Woodward, Dodge, Slemen; Horton, Smith; Cotton, Wheeler, Blakeway, Beaumont (capt, pictured), Colclough, Uttley, Neary, Scott.
After painfully losing a Grand Slam decider against Scotland the previous season, England made an immediate statement by claiming their first victory over Wales in Cardiff since 1963, then followed it up by defeating the Scots 21-12 and Ireland 16-7 in Dublin.
It set up a thrilling finale against France at Twickenham, but although Les Bleus outscored their hosts 3-1 on tries - Philippe Saint-Andre, Didier Camberabero and Franck Mesnel touched down - Will Carling's team prevailed as goal-kicker Simon Hodgkinson (pictured) ended the tournament with 60 points.
England (v France): Hodgkinson; Heslop, Carling (capt), Guscott, R Underwood; Andrew, Hill; Leonard, Moore, Probyn, Ackford, Dooley, Teague, Winterbottom, Richards.
England achieved back-to-back Grand Slams for the first time since 1924, although huge disappointment remained following their World Cup final defeat to Australia at Twickenham four months previously. A 25-7 victory over Scotland got England off to a flier, and then two tries from full-back Jon Webb - he finished with a haul of 22 points - underpinned a 38-9 drubbing of Ireland.
Webb was at it again in Paris, scoring 19 points as France were crushed 31-13, and free-scoring England completed a clean sweep by brushing aside Wales 24-0 at Twickenham, with captain Carling (pictured) among the try-scorers.
England (v Wales): Webb; Halliday, Carling (capt), Guscott, R Underwood; Andrew, Morris; Leonard, Moore, Probyn, Bayfield, Dooley, Skinner, Winterbottom, Richards.
Jack Rowell's first season in charge of England began in miserable weather at Lansdowne Road, where Ireland were vanquished 20-8 on the back of tries from Carling, Ben Clarke and Tony Underwood (centre), before Underwood - younger brother of Rory - added a double in a 31-10 success against France.
Rory Underwood then took the glory with two tries in a 23-9 success against Wales, but it was a Rob Andrew (left) show that secured the Grand Slam when he booted seven penalties and dropped a goal to see off Twickenham visitors Scotland 24-12.
England (v Scotland): Catt; T Underwood, Carling, Guscott (right), R Underwood; Andrew, Bracken; Leonard, Moore, Ubogu, Johnson, Bayfield, Rodber, Clarke, Richards.
England, building ominously to a World Cup tournament they were to win in Australia later in the year, were magnificent during a campaign that saw them rattle up 173 points in five games and concede only 46.
France were beaten 25-17 in the Twickenham opener, and after England beat Wales comfortably in Cardiff (pictured), Scotland and Italy both conceded exactly 40 points against them before centre Will Greenwood's try double - plus touchdowns from Lawrence Dallaglio, Mike Tindall and substitute Dan Luger - accounted for Ireland 42-6 in Dublin.
England (v Ireland): Lewsey; Robinson, Greenwood, Tindall, Cohen; Wilkinson, Dawson; Rowntree, Thompson, Leonard, Johnson (capt), Kay, Hill, Back, Dallaglio.