Dylan Hartley learns England ‘not the finished article’ after Six Nations

England, by contrast, are not scheduled to face the world champions until 2018, although reports this week suggested officials were looking at re-arranging the Twickenham fixture calendar to set up a November 4 clash between the worldwide game’s two top-ranked teams.

“As nearly always happens to England under pressure, they lose the ability to pass the ball smartly”, writes Rattue. “Ireland, under the astute coaching of Joe Schmidt, deserve that respect”.

But Elliot Daly popped up late on after a brilliant pass from Owen Farrell, with the England centre sealing the win with the conversion.

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“I take full responsibility for the loss and I should have prepared them better”, said the man who succeeded Stuart Lancaster after the disastrous 2015 World Cup.

I thought Wales were good in beating Ireland, and what a brutal game it was – you could nearly feel the hits through the TV.

Asked what he’d told his side at full-time, Jones replied: “Be proud of yourselves boys”.

Before the match, Jones had suggested Ireland might play a “kick and clap” game.

The 2017 Six Nations match takes place Saturday at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with kick-off scheduled for 5pm GMT (1pm EST for those rugby fans in the US).

He said: “If you look at the best team in the world and how they react to a loss, they always come back bigger and better and that’s the focus for us”.

“You’ve got to build pressure against a side like Ireland – and the pressure was all on us”, he added.

With just two wins in the tournament, it is hard to see whether interim head coach Rob Howley has been able to develop their attacking game further, and indeed the scrum was under huge pressure in Paris as the French eventually claimed the win in a dramatic finish. I think we’ll look back on another day at aspects of this campaign we let slip by.

Rory Best believes Ireland team-mate Johnny Sexton is back to his “nightmare” best – just in time for the summer’s British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

“Nonsense. Today there is only sporting mourning and the heady position that waited for them, on top of the world as the team with history’s longest winning run, never saw their boot studs after all”.

Ireland were dominating in every department, but their 10-3 lead was a sub-par return given the amount of possession they had generated. It was quite a weekend for O’Mahony, who has gone from Ireland’s odd man out in the backrow to a lock for Lions selection.

England’s first defeat in 16 months at the hands of a depleted Ireland side on Saturday was a “reality check”, says captain Dylan Hartley.

“We are batting at a pretty good average — even Don Bradman got zero when he played his last Test”. “If we are going off the All Blacks” record, then yes there could be, and it could be England.

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