Through three games of the Guinness Six Nations, the picture painted is one of Irish dominance.
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Bernard Jackman believes Ireland's defence is now "feared" across the game, after a dominant start to the Guonness Six Nations on both sides of the ball.
Marcus Smith and Alex Mitchell will join England’s squad for a three-day training camp in York ahead of the final two rounds of the Guinness Six Nations.
Hugo Keenan is confident he can shake off his knee injury in time for Ireland's Guinness Six Nations meeting with England at Twickenham on 9 March, with the full-back continuing his rehab at the IRFU's training centre in Dublin this week.
While the 31-7 Guinness Six Nations win over Wales was never in doubt on Saturday, Ireland's dominance probably took them away from their usual standards and they didn’t cross for the expected bonus-point until the clock had gone over the 80-minute mark.
There was a period of time when, in the rare enough event that Ireland had their three primo centres – Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki – available, it was likely to be the latter who would lose out.
Andy Farrell feels a “top drawer” defence is fuelling Ireland’s pursuit of successive Grand Slam titles as he turns his attention to nullifying England’s new blitz approach.
Garry Ringrose is hoping to be fully fit for Ireland's Guinness Six Nations clash with England on Saturday week.