Homecoming for Irish Grand Slam winners cancelled due to weather

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"Youthful enthusiasm is being tempered by the experienced guys who have been here before and that blend is working very well for us".

"I feel relief more than anything else", said the 52-year-old New Zealander. I can't control what you say, what the crowd does.

England's objective under Jones is to try and win the World Cup next year, and the coach is adamant the team's struggles in recent weeks are a necessary part of the process.

"I'm loving playing rugby at the moment so I hope to keep it that way". "This team is still going to get better, there's no doubt about that".

"He is getting faster and faster on that zimmer frame", said Schmidt.

"Some of them have been on the back of really positive defence".

However they produced an excellent first-half display with Garry Ringrose, CJ Sander and Jacob Stockdale powering over for tries, converted by Johnny Sexton to lay down the platform for victory.

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The upcoming World Cup in Japan will be the ninth World Cup since its inauguration in 1987, and in the eight tournaments that have taken place, Ireland have only ever made it as far as the quarter-final stage.

Rory Best holds aloft the Six Nations trophy after Ireland completed just a third Grand Slam in the country's history.

"It was a different generation of players, the quality of the Paul O'Connells, Brian O'Driscolls, the Gordon D'Arcys, it was that generation that was a little bit special", said Schmidt.

For head coach Joe Schmidt this at last sealed the deal, as his side had fallen just short in terms of the Grand Slam on the two previous occasions they had won the title under him in 2014 and 2015.

"They lost by three points France and they lost momentum in Scotland".

"We knew we had to change and sometimes that hurts". "We've scored a lot of tries this year, but that pure resilience, the ability to get back up in the defensive line, that was exceptional".

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