Ireland's Best wants flawless performance against England

Jeannie Matthews
February 3, 2019

"That is a reality check about the physicality that will be required to be successful in this World Cup year", said Schmidt. They were, simply, superb. Ireland never found any momentum and were out-kicked.

"You're looking at your forward pack to get you on the front foot and really win those collisions", he said.

Willemse is partnered by Sebastien Vahaamahina in a massive lock pairing, while New Zealand-born Uini Atonio makes his return at prop. Jefferson Poirot is at loosehead with skipper Guilhem Guirado at hooker.

Predictive analytics will be used across the championship for the first time, to provide statistics for live broadcasts and also power other platforms, including the Six Nations' official website.

The 19-year-old centre - who is the son of European Cup victor Emile - has featured in five Heineken Champions Cup matches this term, scoring a try in Round 4 against Wasps to help Toulouse reach the last eight of the competition, where they will meet Racing 92 on March 31. "Throughout this year's Championship, and into future seasons, the Six Nations team will be able to develop new, advanced statistics that give unprecedented insight and understanding to the game".

Under World Rugby's proposal, which is still being chewed over around the top tables of the major unions, the top 12 nations in the world would play an unofficial world championship each season which would culminate in a final in late November.

Tuilagi was repeatedly involved in the early onslaught but it also took an injection of pace and a well-timed pass from Daly to send May over for England's first try in Dublin since 2011. Jones was painted by some in the build up as a "poor man's Mourinho" and a coach who had "passed his sell-by date".

"It is well documented no one thinks we can win, but I can tell you everyone inside our camp believes we can win".

This was a victory and performance in Jones' image: punchy, cheeky, passionate, precise and ruthless.

One assault broke down, however, when Farrell was on the receiving end of a hard tackle by Ringrose and suddenly they were defending in their own 22.

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"It's tough in the Six Nations when you come up against one of the big teams".

In the backs Jack Nowell popped up all over the place, running through midfield and on the flanks and even packed down at openside when Curry was sin-binned.

Jones' decision to retain Elliot Daly at full-back rather than revert to the security provided by Mike Brown was partially vindicated by his involvement in both first-half tries, the second of which he finished by pouncing on an error by Jacob Stockdale.

And then there was Owen Farrell.

"It was great that he scored two tries, but I'm more disappointed with France's second try when he stepped in off his wing". From the start, England exposed Ireland playing Robbie Henshaw who was at full-back with their kicking game and that would have come from the brains' trust.

The tournaments kick off on Friday with the women up first as Ireland take on England before Scotland host Italy.

Ireland will now lick their wounds and if Schmidt has a hairdryer, the players will likely be blasted with it.

"The contact nature of the sport means that core strength is paramount, lifting, twisting, pushing, pulling are integral parts of the game", says Worthington."Your body will encounter multiple plane resistance work that will far outweigh anything you can replicate with a set of dumbbells".

Gatland added: "The whole thing for the last two years has been about creating depth".

Joe Schmidt's side have taken on all comers, beating world champions New Zealand in November following a Grand Slam and a long-awaited series win in Australia previous year.

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