Eddie and England honeymoon over: Woodward

Mar 13, 2018, 04:16

The Irish are seeking just their third Grand Slam in their history when they take on Eddie Jones' side at Twickenham.

They very almost recovered - despite giving away 16 penalties - to win the game at the last, but they never threatened to score four tries, meaning Ireland could celebrate a week early, France claiming a 22-16 win on the day.

Jones has also said England is struggling at the breakdown because there is a difference in attitudes to the tackle area in worldwide rugby and in England's domestic's Premiership, in which fewer numbers are committed to the ruck. I think some games we were physically dominant. "Manu's off the pace and he just needs consistent rugby but certainly he's the sort of guy that suits the sort of rugby that's being played at the moment", Jones said.

As good as we've been, it won't be good enough against England.

"It's a sizeable but fixable problem", Jones said on Saturday after the 22-16 loss in France. We can address it and keep getting better at it, but the reality is that we probably won't get better at it until the World Cup'.

Eddie Jones believes despite two "very painful" defeats which ended England's two year Six Nations reign they can learn from the experience and bounce back.

England ground out a tight victory over Wales in Twickenham the same day, while Scotland overcame France in Murrayfield.

"We're not in any cycle". England were handed not one, but two opportunities to get that much-needed try in the final seconds of the game thanks to Lionel Beauxis' inexplicable failed clearance. One's by a hair's breadth against France and in the other one we were outplayed.

Itoje reacted immediately by sticking his head out of the maul and he appeared to say to Jaco Peyper, the referee: "Sir, he is biting me".

"I don't think [there's a need to change personnel]". If you think this is abnormal, I think that thinking is abnormal.

"Dylan ran this morning, but we need to get a medical report on him".

"The way we defended, I had never seen that", said wing Remy Grosso, who was named man of the match. We win together, we lose together. "When the opposition are making errors or they're creating chances themselves".

"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". "We're all disappointed, we're all gutted".

Ireland's 20-point victory over Scotland has propelled them above England and into second place in the World Rugby rankings.

"We didn't have to score four tries, we had to win the Test match".

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