France win over United Kingdom hands Ireland title

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

It's the first time since August 2015, just before the Rugby World Cup, that Ireland have been second in the 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 a year ago, which denied them a clean sweep. We caused a very good side a lot of problems and we asked a lot of our players.

"We're going to have to save the best for last, and that's what it's going to take to win everything next week", Ireland captain Rory Best said. "Any team that is developing, as we are, goes through tough periods where the game does not love you".

The visitors had more possession and territory early on, but rarely threatened to breach the France line and also suffered the setback of losing Nathan Hughes to injury after 24 minutes, Sam Simmonds taking his place.

"Eddie Jones's honeymoon is over, he is about to experience the other side of being the England coach", wrote Woodward in his column for Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"I don't think we should get too carried away or too melodramatic about where we are".

"If that's how they want to do it, we've got to adapt to that".

England struggled at the breakdown but Daly landed a 53-metre penalty to double their advantage midway through the first half. "The Six Nations is an unforgiving arena and they now face a rampant Ireland", Woodward wrote in his Daily Mail column.

"Our defense was remarkable", France coach Jacques Brunel told a news conference after his fourth game in charge. We've just got to focus now on Ireland. "On both occasions, we were there".

The Munster loose forward insisted he appreciates the significance of helping Ireland chase just a third-ever Six Nations clean sweep, especially on St Patrick's Day and at Twickenham.

The championship is Ireland's third in five years.

The England boss says he will stick with the players in his squad to turn around their form ahead of Saturday's match at Twickenham. We can address it and keep getting better at it, but the reality is that we probably won't get better at it until the World Cup'.

"It might sound daft because we lost four tries to one, but that mentality, the way we defended, the detail in our game apart from the finishing, is what we need to do to win away from home".

Jones places a lot of emphasis on his players training at the same intensity as they play, but this could now be affecting them.

Scotland had their chances but weren't as accurate, and butchered at least two tries. "If he is fit he will come straight back into the team".