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Should Joe Schmidt's side win, they will complete only their second Grand Slam in the Six Nations era and third overall.

A 22-16 loss to France in Paris allowed Ireland to seize the crown from England with a round to spare. This was third title in five seasons under him.

Ireland next face England at Twickenham on Saturday, March 17 (local time), where a St Patrick's Day victory would add this group of players to the Grand Slam-winners of 1948 and 2009. The game is changing a little bit and we have probably been slow to adapt to it.

Jones places a lot of emphasis on his players training at the same intensity as they play, but this could now be affecting them. The England lock was left with teeth marks and a puncture wound on his upper left arm after an incident in a maul in the 46th minute of the game on Saturday. We said as a group we want to achieve something.

Scotland had their chances but weren't as accurate, and butchered at least two tries. However, the throw-in wasn't caught. "He's worked bloody hard, he's obviously had his opportunity - and he's definitely taken it".

Scotland managed to get hands on the ball and looked threatening until Peter Horne threw a wayward pass between center partner Huw Jones and Stuart Hogg straight to Stockdale.

Woodward, a free-running and try-scoring England centre in his playing days, was among those concerned by the lack of attacking threat - an issue for a team with ambitions of winning next year's World Cup in Japan - and, in particular, the form of fly-half George Ford. At 21-3, Ireland was cruising.

"But the biggest leader in the England camp is Eddie Jones". Jones was beside him and Kinghorn further out but Horne threw to the wrong man - Kinghorn - and over the sideline.

And, despite the handling errors that cost his side a couple of tries, not to mention the interception from which Ireland scored, Townsend is no doubt that Saturday also represented - certainly when compared to Scotland's previous away outing in Cardiff. Devin Toner, Peter O'Mahony, and the front row were replaced. "We're better off going through it now". "We are a rugby team and no rugby team has an aura of invincibility about them".

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

"We didn't learn quick enough, I'm not 100 per cent sure why".

England will be condemned to their worst Six Nations performance since 2006 and could finish as low as fifth if they fail to prevent Ireland from completing the Grand Slam, leaving only a week to rectify the shortcomings evident against Scotland and France.


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