Ireland clinches Six Nations title


England now face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday, a match that a few weeks ago was being billed as the likely Grand Slam decider.

The Scots are quietly confident, Taylor adding that he thought this was a game that "was coming at the right time for us".

Woodward also said that England flyhalf George Ford was the "biggest worry of all" as he failed to make an impact for the second consecutive game, saying that the 24-year-old has been struggling to impose himself in big matches.

"Eddie Jones's honeymoon is over, he is about to experience the other side of being the England coach", wrote Woodward in his column for Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper.

France's centre Gael Fickou (L) runs with the ball during the Six Nations worldwide rugby union match between France and England at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on March 10, 2018.

Jones said that "some teams are outplaying us in certain areas". This rugby game is handy isn't it Jacob?

Ireland adopted a positive approach from kick-off and, after putting Scotland under early pressure, opted to kick a penalty for touch rather than settle for three points from the boot of Jonathan Sexton.

Joe Schmidt's men have claimed the Championship Trophy with a game to spare after England lost to France on Saturday evening.

Joe Schmidt
GETTYJoe Schmidt and Johnny Sexton have now win three Six Nations championships

Another missed Sexton penalty raised questions over Ireland's decision to go for the posts rather than touch with 15 minutes left, but replacement Cronin crossed after a driving maul to further focus English minds in Paris and keep their Grand Slam hopes alive.

"We did not learn quick enough", said Jones, whose side conceded 16 penalties and coughed up 12 turnovers.

"We've got to find ways to cope with it, it's as simple as that".

"We are a rugby team and no rugby team has an aura of invincibility about them".

Ireland got the job done today with a four-try display in front of another sell-out home crowd. "We feel that Ireland are probably one of the best teams in the competition and so it's a good time for us to play them, to see where we're at". "We were beaten at the breakdown, we gave away too many penalties, and when we had the momentum we didn't score, whereas they did".

"It's going to be very tough, we need to flick that switch and get stuck in for last week of championship".

Number eight Nathan Hughes was carried off the pitch with a leg injury and was replaced by Sam Simmonds as Machenaud converted his first penalty attempt, only for Farrell to restore a six-point advantage as France were penalised for collapsing a maul. It's similar to that now, I know Rory Best is desperate for a Grand Slam because he thinks he'll be a bigger part of it than he played back then.

"I don't think Ireland will change much from what they've been doing up to now". The answers take some finding, but can that be right, given England's target of being the best in the world?

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