Keith Wood shares his expectations of Ireland vs England

Posted March 16, 2017

It's been a long time waiting for them and they will be keen to put this right on Friday night. No team will want to meet 2015 semi-finallists Argentina in the pool stage given how unsafe they can be and their recent knack of peaking at World Cups.

England head coach Eddie Jones says his team will be at their "physical peak" when they face Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

"However Ireland are the comeback queensat the moment, they always seem to finish strongly in the second half".

"They're playing very very well, aren't they?" But for us we still back what we're doing, we still back the players, we still back our structures. Their back row is vast and in Claire Molloy they have a very strong number seven.

There is no imminent opportunity to see the comparison played out on the pitch but England can strengthen their claim if they extend their run to a new record against Ireland, in the process picking up a second successive slam.

"But when the time comes it's going to be a cracker".

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England and Ireland will name their sides today with Elliot Daly on course to be fit after suffering blurred vision and a broken nose against Scotland. Side with the United Kingdom its largest trade partner or snuggle up beside its new European buddies? thisshortenough over on Reddit had a rather colourful way of describing Ireland's dilemma.

Hansen also had plenty of praise for Jones, who he believed was a key acquisition in England's resurrection at worldwide rugby.

"The World Cup is only around the corner and competition for places is fierce".

"We expect Ireland to be like that".

"You need to be winning either against big teams or winning consistently to be up in that ranking". To win the Grand Slam is one of the best feelings you could ever imagine. But to play all the Six Nations games in a row would be tough. "You hold that title for 12 months until it all starts again, so it really is something you cherish". Additionally, each individual can write his or her name in the history books as the first country to record a Grand Slam clean sweep across all three Six Nations since France managed the feat in 2002.

The Australian, yet to lose a match as England coach since taking over following the team's lackluster first-round exit on home soil at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, added: "The exciting thing for us is that we're only just starting".

"So it's going to be a massive test for us no doubt".