England hunt uninterrupted Grand Slams and universe record in Dublin

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Six Nations: Ireland v England – prior Grand Slam deciders

Only Ireland can forestall England from apropos a sixth organisation in 107 years to finish back-to-back Grand Slams, in Saturday’s final Six Nations round.

Last week’s 61-21 softened of Scotland, total with Ireland’s detriment to Wales, ensured England are chasing story rather than trophies in Dublin, with a contest already won.

They can also set a new top-tier record with their 19th unbroken Test win.

But former manager Sir Clive Woodward has warned England to design an “ambush”.


England’s Grand Slam bid is a title act on Saturday though there is copiousness of amour elsewhere, with Scotland anticipating to send vacating manager Vern Cotter off in grand character with a large win over Italy, while Wales will be targeting a potentially poignant win over France in Paris.

But it is positively to Dublin where many eyes will be incited and Woodward, who led England to 2003 World Cup glory, knows what a dangerous place it can be after observant his organisation beaten during a aged Lansdowne Road as they attempted to finish a purify brush in 2001.

England did bind a 2003 Grand Slam in Dublin, though fell brief in a city again in 2011.

“The Irish will have an waylay planned, they have 80 mins to revive their deteriorate and we can pledge we Eddie Jones will not cruise this a successful deteriorate unless they get a pursuit finished in Dublin,” Woodward told a Mail on Sunday.

Jones, who has directed England to second from eighth in a universe rankings given holding assign in Jan 2016, has warned his side to design an aerial bombardment.

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“We know what Ireland will pierce – a strong, earthy plea during a breakdown, vigour on a half-backs and high balls,” a Australian said.

“It will be raining high balls. It will be ‘kick and clap’ and a fans during a Aviva Stadium adore it.”


Andy Farrell (right), once on a England staff, is now Ireland’s counterclaim coach. Here he congratulates son Owen, a visiting fly-half on Saturday, after England’s win over Ireland in 2013

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton shrugged off Jones’ prediction, observant he was instead focused on carrying out manager Joe Schmidt’s instructions.

Former Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy, meanwhile, says a vigour of going one softened than New Zealand’s symbol of 18 true victories “brings this good unknown”.

There is a family tie that links a dual camps, however, with England centre Owen Farrell’s father Andy now commissioned as Ireland counterclaim coach.

Cotter signs off on Scotland job


Cotter has already concluded a pierce to French bar Montpellier

A multiple of wins for England and Wales and a bonus-point feat of their possess over Italy during Murrayfield could see Scotland in second, their top finish in a Six Nations era.

In further to that landmark, a Scots will try to exorcise a memories of their 40-point softened during Twickenham final weekend.

That afternoon began with a players harbouring genuine wish of finale a 34-year wait for a win during a auld enemy’s headquarters, though finished with questions over their British and Irish Lions certification before a summer debate of New Zealand.

It will also be New Zealander Cotter’s final compare in assign of a organisation before he is transposed by Glasgow trainer Gregor Townsend.

“Vern won’t wish us focusing on him though it will really be something in a background,” scrum-half Henry Pyrgos said.

“We are unwavering that we wish to finish his power in a right way.”

Howley sticks with winning formula

Wales halt trainer Rob Howley has overseen an underwhelming campaign, partly redeemed by a hard-fought feat over Ireland final weekend.

They will have one eye on besting a Irish once again as a contest comes to a climax.

Victory over an softened France team, total with England sealing their Grand Slam in Dublin, would rouse Wales above Ireland and into a top-tier seeding for May’s 2019 Rugby World Cup draw, and safeguard they equivocate being drawn alongside New Zealand, England or Australia in a organisation stages.

Howley – who has not enclosed any of a 7 uncapped patrol players in his Six Nations patrol in a match-day 23 – has once again been unchanging in his organisation selection, facing calls to give Ospreys’ Sam Davies a possibility during fly-half forward of Dan Bigger.

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Flats Shanks spend a day inside a Wales organisation camp