Six Nations Championship: Ireland in English sights

“Like a semi-final”: the loser of the highest clash between England and Ireland on Saturday (5:45 p.m.) will be able to give up their hopes of final victory in the 2022 Six Nations Tournament.

“Like a semi-final”: the loser of the highest clash between England and Ireland on Saturday (5:45 p.m.) will be able to give up their hopes of final victory in the 2022 Six Nations Tournament.

Launched on the hunt for the Blues, the last undefeated team and which faces Wales on Friday, the Irish and English can no longer afford the slightest setback.

A victory for the XV de la Rose at Twickenham and the English would be offered a true final, a week later, against the XV of France.

England team Australia manager Eddie Jones speaks to his players during training on 25 February 2022 at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, on the eve of their Six Nations Championship match against Wales at the Stadium Twickenham.

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“We see this game against Ireland as a semi-final,” England manager Eddie Jones warned.

“Ireland are the tightest team in the world at the moment and it will be a good test this weekend … The only thing that worries me is that my team is playing well. We are ready and we will attack them,” he added. .

Accustomed to verbal contests, the Australian coach of the XV de la Rose preferred to let the Irish put on the cador suit: “They are the favorites. Yesterday I went to the cafe and the waitress told me + This Irish team must be very good: their ex-players say they’ll win, ex-England internationals say they’ll win. How does it feel? + I was like ‘I just want my coffee,'” Jones laughed.

Even so, after their initial defeat against Scotland (20-17), the XV de la Rosa regained its spice by dominating Italy (33-0) and then Wales (23-19). A third win in a row against Ireland, who have not beaten them at Twickenham since 2018, would give the English a good chance of spoiling the French party on March 19 at the Stade de France.

The joy of Scottish fullback Stuart Hogg, after his try scored against Italy, during the Six Nations Championship, on February 22, 2020 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome

The joy of Scottish fullback Stuart Hogg, after his try scored against Italy, during the Six Nations Championship, on February 22, 2020 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome

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In the other matches of the day, Scotland will try to forget against Italy in Rome their disappointment against France (36-17). The Italian team has not won a match in the competition since 2015.

France continued its path to a possible first Grand Slam since 2010 on Friday night by winning 13-9 during a dangerous trip to defending champion Wales. A transfer of power?

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