Published: Tue, March 13, 2018

Ireland Up To Second In World Rankings

Ireland Up To Second In World Rankings

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England now just have a week to regroup before trying to stop, in Woodward's words, a "rampant Ireland", crowned Six Nations champions on Saturday, completing a Grand Slam at Twickenham on March 17.

"I've spoken to players, ex-players, retired players that played there and they've got it".

The England boss says he will stick with the players in his squad to turn around their form ahead of Saturday's match at Twickenham.

"I think they're going to be really unsafe".

England captain Dylan Hartley, who missed the defeat to France with a foot injury, could return to the side after returning to training.

"That group's been together a while and they've had a lot of success, especially at the Aviva, over the years".

"I'm well aware that I'm lucky, the fact there were injuries that have allowed me to get this opportunity".


Jacob Stockdale crossed twice in the first half to become the first Irishman to score six tries in a single campaign, before Conor Murray added a third after the interval.

In both games, Chris Robshaw was England's openside flanker and he's not a natural there, preferring instead to play on the blindside. If you think this is abnormal, I think that thinking is abnormal.

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge, they haven't lost there under Eddie Jones", said Best. There's kids like that who need to understand that this doesn't happen very often.

This was also the first Six Nations since 2010 where England have lost two games. We are basically getting on with it, the players' attitude has been fantastic, they have a real desire to turn things around.

"Significantly, we gave too many penalties away, which was the difference in the game, and the breakdown again caused us trouble".

"I always thought we would go through a hard period", Jones said.

Although the head coach said immediately after that match that his team were "three or four years behind Ireland", he later explained he was referring to the length of time the new Six Nations champions have been together as a team, not to how long he expects it will take for Scotland to catch them up. They dragged England down to their own level of drudgery. The effort, the mental strength and the discipline to post such numbers is remarkable and it's a testament to the players and the coaching staff that they have done this consistently throughout the competition so far.

Exeter Chiefs loose forward Armand is included in the group as England look to bounce back from recent losses to Scotland and France.

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