Latest News:

EnglandTeam to face Ireland 6Nations 2017 Decider

By England Fan
March 16 2017

Well this is it, the decider of the Triple Crown + Back to Back 6 Nations Grand Slam, England if they can do, it will go down in the history books!  Ireland on the other hand will no doubt be trying to conjure up some ‘Leprechaun Wizardry’ to prevent this happening.


RBS Six Nations 2017

Ireland v England

 Aviva Stadium, Dublin  Saturday 18 March  kick-off 5pm- live on ITV

England’s head coach Eddie Jones has made two changes for this year's final six nations match.  Billy Vunipola starts in place of Nathan Hughes and Anthony Watson starts in place of Jack Nowell.    Good to see Elliot Daly back in the team having taken a bad knock against Scotland last Saturday.


    England's Elliot Daly during the training session at Pennyhill Park,- Pictures PA/images

Now then are you nervous at all?  

I am, here are some Stat., facts for you.  

Once you have read these you can't tell me you don't feel the nerves.

  • Ireland’s only defeat in their last seven matches at Aviva Stadium was to New Zealand in November.
  • Ireland have not been beaten in Dublin in the RBS 6 Nations since England visited in 2013.
  • The Irishmen have been victorious in their round 5 encounter for the past three seasons. 
  • England are bidding to become the first team to win successive RBS 6 Nations Grand Slams – the last side to achieve it in the old Five Nations was France in 1997 & 1998.
  • A win for England would see them overtake New Zealand’s record of 18 successive tier one test victories, set between 2015-16.
  • England have won their round 5 encounter for the past three seasons.
  • This is England’s 22nd opportunity to win a Grand Slam, having previously been successful on 13 of those occasions. Three of those matches were played in Dublin, winning in 2003 (when Ireland also had the chance of a Grand Slam) but losing 2001 and 2011.
  • England’s only defeat in their last seven fixtures with Ireland was 9-19 on their most recent visit to Aviva Stadium two years ago

Eddie seems confident though......"We've had a really good week's preparation,” said England head coach Jones.  "The intensity of training has been good. It's going to be quite an occasion in Dublin so we understand we have to be prepared emotionally, physically and mentally.  "The mood in camp has been positive. We're very excited ahead of what is a huge opportunity for the players. You sense the intensity has stepped up; it has in training, definitely.

"The message to the players has been quite simple, we're playing Ireland on Saturday and that is the only thing that counts. We are focusing on preparing well, the only thing we can control is our preparation.  "Ireland not having anything to play for means they have the courage to fail which frees them up mentally, we are a little bit vulnerable because we have already been crowned the RBS 6 Nations champions and we had a big win against Scotland, so for us it's getting the right mind-set for the game.

Englands Tom Wood during a training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot.

 Tom Wood will win his 50th cap for England having made his debut against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in 2011. 
"I congratulate Tom Wood on his personal milestone. He is a committed team man, who has fought his way back into this set-up and has been a great contributor to the team on and off the field. He works very hard and it's a great reward for him.” said England head coach Jones.

England: M Brown; A Watson, J Joseph, O Farrell, E Daly; G Ford, B Youngs; J Marler, D Hartley (Captain), D Cole, J Launchbury, C Lawes, M Itoje, J Haskell, B Vunipola.   Replacements: J George, M Vunipola, K Sinckler, T Wood, N Hughes, D Care, B Te’o, J Nowell. on horse

IRELAND: J Payne; K Earls, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, S Zebo; J Sexton, K Marmion; J McGrath, R Best (capt), T Furlong; D Ryan, I Henderson; CJ Stander, S O’Brien, J Heaslip.  Replacements: N Scannell, C Healy, J Ryan, D Toner, P O’Mahony, L McGrath, P Jackson, A Conway.

Referee: Jerome Garces (FFR, 10th RBS 6 Nations game)

Assistants: Mathieu Raynal (FFR), Marius Mitrea (FIR)

TMO: Ben Skeen (NZRU)



View a Printer Friendly version of this Story.

Bookmark or share this story with:

EnglandTeam to face Ireland 6Nations 2017 Decider
Unofficial England Rugby Union (IP Logged)
16/03/2017 13:31
What do you think? You can have your say by posting below.
If you do not already have an account Click here to Register.

Re: EnglandTeam to face Ireland 6Nations 2017 Decider
Tigersfan1 (IP Logged)
16/03/2017 13:46
Thanks for the article - sets it up nicely! And to answer the question yes I am nervous. But hopeful - which is positive, but not as much so as confident.

Re: EnglandTeam to face Ireland 6Nations 2017 Decider
16/03/2017 14:21

I am feeling quite sickly when I was researching the stats., I felt quite ill. As long as it is a cracker of a game and we play well but there is so much at stake.

Re: EnglandTeam to face Ireland 6Nations 2017 Decider
Tigersfan1 (IP Logged)
16/03/2017 16:59
This has to be England's biggest game outside of world cups ever. I hope they do themselves justice, a lot of that is mindset and down to Eddie so that's a big plus!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017:03:16:23:27:33 by Tigersfan1.

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing