Hartley says England will learn from loss

Hartley says England will learn from loss

It was an indifferent start from both teams, but England appeared nervous with the task at hand.

"It takes greater focus, it takes greater persistence, it takes greater emotional output".

Had England, who'd already won a second straight Six Nations title, come out on top they would have surpassed the record of 18 consecutive Test wins they share with world champions New Zealand and become the first side in the Six Nations era to complete back-to-back Grand Slams.

Mike Brown prevented Keith Earls from scoring in the right corner following a spell of Irish pressure, but the next attack was England's and while they could make little meaningful headway Farrell was able to slot three points.

The Wasps flanker has massively impressed since returning to Jones' starting XV in the championship but he has had better days in England colours.

That's likely to be added to as Ireland host the Women's World Cup later this year.

Ireland coincidentally also ended the All Blacks' 18-Test winning streak, with a 40-29 win in Chicago last November. To win the Six Nations was a major target for us and we've done it with a Grand Slam.

He added: "We're 14 months into a four-year project".

"The message to the players has been quite simple, we're playing Ireland on Saturday and that is the only thing that counts".

His words have touched a nerve in Ireland where they haven't forgotten Jones's comments from previous year that Sexton's parents would be "worried" about his long-term health following a history of concussion injuries.

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It shows up in great stability in times of taking punches, " Brey said. "Those minutes by Harry were huge", Jefferson said. We've got to score more than 77 to win (that game). "They were contested threes and there was just nothing we could do".

"They told me he (Atonio) was injured and I took my responsibility", Noves said.

Vass said on Saturday that he was confident that several would go to on to play for the senior side. This was a tough tournament and teams were at us because we were the favourites.

Driven forward by Billy Vunipola, they carried bravely into the contact zone, dominating the next seven minutes and getting an equalising score at the end of that period of pressure via Owen Farrell, who kicked a penalty, awarded after O'Mahony was penalised for not rolling away from a ruck.

England has won just twice - in 2003 and 2013 - in eight previous visits to Dublin in this tournament.

Standing in their way is and Ireland side looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Wales in Cardiff last weekend.

"It would be really nice from an Irish perspective if we could dismantle the chariot, put a few sticks in their spokes".

"He'd be a loss to any team in the world when he's at his best". It is not Eddie I am trying to please, it is (Ireland coach) Joe (Schmidt) I am trying to please.

Home fans will be in strong voice, as the match will be a continuation of Friday's St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

"I expect at least 15 of our guys to go on the Lions tour, I'd be disappointed if we don't have that many guys in", said Jones. The bookmakers predict that England will win this match by four points, but they have been wrong before.