Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has warned his players that England will be desperate to deny them the Grand Slam title when the sides meet at Twickenham in the last fixture of the Six Nations, according to a report on the Mirror.
Ireland was crowned as Six Nations champions on the weekend as England slipped to defeat against France, but Schmidt knows that England will be keen to deny them a Grand Slam title.
Ireland’s bonus point victory over Scotland on the weekend saw them clinch their third Six Nations title in five years which will see them rise into second place in the world rankings behind New Zealand.
They’re going to be ready for us. They’re going to be really dangerous.
We’ve got to get over there and hit our ‘A’ game right from the start, because there’s going to be an extraordinary resolve amongst that English contingent after those two away losses.
For a team who had lost one game in 25 to suddenly be on the back of back-to-back losses, that is going to make them incredibly keen to make sure that they deny us what we denied them last year.
We’re going to have to probably save the best for last – that’s what it’s going to take to win everything next week.
Ireland are in stunning form at the moment and will go to Twickenham looking for a victory, however, that may prove to be a lot more difficult than it seems.
England have not lost a Six Nations match at Twickenham since 2012, so Ireland will need to be at their very best to overcome their arch-rivals.