Eddie and England honeymoon over: Woodward

English rugby coach Eddie Jones sorry for calling Irish 'scummy'

Eddie and England honeymoon over: Woodward

Stockdale's impressive start to life in the green jersey continued on Saturday as he displayed his finishing instincts to score his side's opening two tries against Scotland.

England conceded 16 penalties in Paris and a repeat could cost them against a rampant Ireland side that are on the verge of a Grand Slam.

"Against Ireland, we had already shown that we were there but we didn't get lucky (as we lost 15-13) but this time (against England), luck was on our side".

"We understand what the problem is and we understand how to fix it". We still believe we're good enough and we would be. They have gone unbeaten, winning 11 consecutive Test matches, a feat never matched by an Irish team before.

"It's a sizeable but fixable problem". He seems like he's in his own world, keeping his head down.

There was rarely any danger of a repeat display when, having made 10 changes, in a bid to develop squad depth ahead of next year's World Cup, Gatland saw Wales overpower Italy 38-14 in Cardiff on Sunday following back-to-back defeats by England and Ireland.

"We're not in any cycle".

"I don't understand where England have been mentally in the last two games". One's by a hair's breadth against France and in the other one we were outplayed. That's how I feel and that's how I see it.

"I think there were a couple of players who worked incredibly hard".

"There are a number of reasons for that but the only reason we can solve at the moment is our ability to be better at it and to be better at it requires some technical skill and a greater intent to be aggressive in that area".

"If we had taken those chances, it would have been different, big time".

"Obviously we need to get over the disappointment of losing to France". We are basically getting on with it, the players' attitude has been fantastic, they have a real desire to turn things around.

While Ireland have not been flawless in any of their matches so far, Murray believes they are fixing problems as they go along. We wanted to keep the ball alive, we wanted to play rugby. "We're all disappointed, we're all gutted".

Ireland will be crowned NatWest 6 Nations champions at Twickenham next Saturday no matter the result, after Joe Schmidt's men swept Scotland aside 28-8 to extend their lead at the top of the table and second-placed England failed to win in Paris.

England did come close to stealing a win after May scored a late try and they came within metres of the French line in the final minutes but while Jones could not fault the effort, his team were not at the races.

"We won thanks to our defence", said scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud, who converted his four penalties.

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