Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Woodward says France defeat means Jones's 'honeymoon' over

Woodward says France defeat means Jones's 'honeymoon' over

"I always said this year would be the hardest year we'd have".

Ireland will seek to complete a Grand Slam at Twickenham next weekend, but a wounded England will not be short of motivation having been denied a clean sweep of its own in Dublin in similar circumstances 12 months ago.

"We have a lot of things to do ourselves, training -wise, recovery, and whatever else comes with it is something we can't focus on, got to put aside". He said: "I'd be lying if I said otherwise".

"Credit to the management team to have prepared us so well for each match with so many players missing", said Sexton.

On Monday morning, World Rugby will release the latest rankings with one significant change: Ireland have moved ahead of England into second place, just behind the mighty All Blacks, for the first time in three years.

When Wales coach Warren Gatland last named an experimental side, it almost resulted in a shock defeat by second-tier Georgia before his new-look team hung on for a 13-6 home win in November.

The best way to stop huge players such as Camara causing trouble is to hit them just before they get into position over the ball, but England do not do this well.

And while working at a school and coaching a team may seem words apart, Schmidt draws comparisons between the two professions and is now on the cusp of delivering a stunning Grand Slam success.

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"We're about 2 or 3 per cent from where we needed to be today", he added. I was a bit alarmed how everybody was trying to play down the need to win with four tries to stay in contention for the tournament after Ireland's excellent win over Scotland earlier. Against the run of play, the Scots took the first points from a Greig Laidlaw penalty.

Jones, reportedly earning £750,000-a-year, reined back from criticising the Premiership, where tries are often easy to come by. You have a go and you get penalised, so you don't want to go in again.

England surrendered the crown they have held for the last two years with a second successive defeat, a fortnight after falling to Scotland.

Indeed, to see someone like Dan Leavy fit in easily on the grand stage and become Ireland's best performer in every match this Six Nations campaign, is impressive.

"We're gutted with the peformance and the result, but I think we showed a lot of character in the last 10 minutes".

"As regards the England game the shoe is on the other foot after previous year", said Sexton. "We are a rugby team and no rugby team has an aura of invincibility about them".

Jones's team now await the visit of Grand Slam-chasing Ireland in the fifth and final round this weekend, knowing another loss would be a third in a single Six Nations for the first time since 2006, and invite serious questions over whether this is more than an explicable blip.

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