IRELAND IN RACE FOR GRAND SLAM TITLE

By becoming the first side to beat three superpowers of the southern hemisphere in the same calendar year, since 2003, England’s World Cup vintage, Wales finished this month (November) in the grandest of manners.


Having discovered reserves in personnel and character which they had no idea about, Ireland went on to beat Australia 27-24, at the Aviva Stadium, in front of a teeming crowd of supporters.

Due to a wonderful outing by the Irish Rugby team at the autumn international series, a lot of interest had been generated ahead of the country’s Six Nation campaign beginning next year.

Ireland has been able to cement their position amongst the world’s top four, thus whetting the appetite of fans for the Six Nations.

Ireland will be starting out the campaign with a first home game against France. On the final Saturday, which would be a day after St Patrick’s, they would play host to the current Grand Slam title holders, England.

That title is the title, everyone wants though it seems Ireland is more eager to have it. Joe Schmidt, after the rollercoaster on Saturday, had said about the title and the Six Nations Championship,

“I think everybody does,”

“Certainly, our group wants the title, but you want the title every year. I’ve no doubt that England aren’t that keen to give it up either.

“They’re on a tour de force at the moment. They really look incredibly powerful across all positions with a degree of depth I’m not sure we can ever quite get to with the depth of player resources they have.”

Schmidt however, mentioned that he was not too disturbed about the Six Nations, as he sometimes never thought about them. He also says he has no reason to be thinking about the England match since they have other games before that.

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