Ireland move up to second in World Rugby rankings


England's bid for a third consecutive title ended after defeats in Edinburgh and Paris but Eddie Jones and his players will be eager to avenge their final round loss in Dublin previous year, which denied them a clean sweep.

Joe Schmidt believes Ireland boast a crop of players to stand comparison with the Grand Slam winning team of 2009.

Jones said: "I don't [think we need personnel changes], I think we have the best players here".

"Obviously we need to get over the disappointment of losing to France". Stander feels the ruthless streak they have developed in attack has helped them to build this impressive consistency. But after missing France's first two Six Nations matches this year - both lost - due to a ban for uttering a homophobic slur in a club game, his return has given the team a huge boost. Got lucky as well in a few games. I don't think we'll fall into that trap.

"20 points was a lot and it flattered us a little bit, but we've four wins and that's the important thing". He's a very passionate man.

"I still think they're a really, really good side that can be very unsafe". We've just got to focus now on Ireland.

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Stander delivered a typically assertive performance in a back row that also included Peter O'Mahony and Dan Leavy, who is growing in confidence every time he pulls on an Irish jersey.

Conor Murray says victory for Ireland over England at Twickenham on Saturday would be the greatest of his life, and possibly the greatest in the history of Irish rugby. It's probably something they looked on and how they can come into the game and improve it.

"If we don't improve, if we don't take it up another level you're not going to beat England, we can't get lulled into this scenario "England are not as good as they were", they are very capable. They did that job perfectly".

Number eight Nathan Hughes was carried off the pitch with a leg injury and was replaced by Sam Simmonds as Machenaud converted his first penalty attempt, only for Farrell to restore a six-point advantage as France were penalised for collapsing a maul. He started his coaching career at a country club in Westmeath in the 1980s while on his OE from New Zealand.

"I've only been under him, but he's one of the best I've worked with".