Ireland move up to second in World Rugby rankings

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

"Johnny Sexton made a similar comment when he said no-one was jumping around in the dressing room, basically indicating that no-one was celebrating a win yet but we'll do that on Saturday if we achieve the Grand Slam".

Woodward was clear over England's greatest failing at the Stade de France, where the French scored a penalty try and five penalty goals.

The importance of the matchday 23 in the modern game can not be underestimated, with Stander acknowledging: "I think (the replacements) have got a job to do as they get on".

". The Irish kept their nerve, worked their way down the field through 40-odd phases and won with the last play of the game". I think he is the best coach in world rugby at this time.

"I haven't played there before so it would be pretty special to go to what is an incredible stadium with 80-odd thousand people". "When the opposition are making errors or they're creating chances themselves".

Hughes was forced off after just 24 minutes of England's defeat in Paris, and while Lawes was able to finish the match both have now been ruled out of next weekend's clash with Ireland.

"Preparation wise, put the head down, make sure you train well and get into the team for Saturday".

"And then there's this young crew - James Ryan doesn't know what it's like to lose a Six Nations".

"This is incredibly tough to do and the opportunity that exists next week is really precious", said Schmidt.

This Saturday another loss at Ireland's hands would not only present Joe Schmidt with a Grand Slam, but it would represent a third consecutive loss for Jones after his team were turned over by Scotland and France.

The former number 10 is pleased that Ireland are not resting on their laurels after an 11th successive win but are firmly focused on capturing just a third Grand Slam success in their history.

"For a team who had lost one game in 25 to suddenly be 27 games and 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 a year ago".

After two years of unprecedented and virtually unstinting success under Eddie Jones, England's rugby team has hit problems just as the 2019 Rugby World Cup is looming into view.

They dragged England down to their own level of drudgery. Jones did not attribute any blame to the Premiership sides but the contrast is vast between England, whose interests often collide with that of the clubs, and Ireland, where the relationship is far more symbiotic.

"They'll have a really resilient resolve to come back, bounce back and beat us".

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