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England to Use Past as Motive Against Ireland

England will delve into the recent past to motivate themselves for this weekend’s crunch Six Nations clash against Ireland according to star fly-half George Ford

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England fly-half George Ford has stated that the team will use their loss to Ireland two years’ ago as motivation for this weekend’s Six Nations game with the boys in green.

Ford and co are set to host Ireland on Sunday and are looking to stop their rivals making it three wins from three in the competition and halt their Grand Slam dreams. 

The hosts were on the losing side two years’ ago as Ireland ran out 24-15 winners in Twickenham on the final day of that season’s competition to secure a Grand Slam crown. 

Despite beating Ireland comfortably since then Ford admits that the squad still remember that loss and believes they can use that pain to help them this weekend. 

“We remember two years ago. We never like losing matches, particularly at home. Maybe in Test week we’ll dive into a few things to get us right emotionally. It’s a balance. You don’t want to look too far in the past but if it’s something you can use to get yourself to a higher level then you use it. This week we’ll work out what are the two or three critical things that we need to do to make sure we’re ready for this game,” he said. 

England head into the match with one win in two having lost to France on the opening weekend before overcoming Scotland in a scrappy affair a week later. 

However, it is a different story this time around as Ireland have former England coach Andy Farrell as their head coach along with another former England coach Mike Catt also in the backroom staff and Ford thinks that they will be prepared well for their Twickenham return. 

“We understand that Ireland are a very good team, very well-coached, and have started the Six Nations very well, so we have huge respect for them. With Andy being primarily a defence coach, we understand they are going to be hard to break down from an attack point of view. They will be looking to bring some line speed and something a bit different against us. They are probably trying to develop their attack in terms of phase play stuff. They have got Mike Catt there as well and he thinks about the game from a very attacking point of view. The stuff Ireland are notoriously good at is the contact area, the kicking game, in the air and the contest at the breakdown. It is something they are very good at and why would you go away from it if you are very good at it?” he added. 

Ireland head into the game as one of two teams to remain on course for a Grand Slam along with France, but they know how tough it will be as England prepare to play their first match on home soil since their run to the Rugby World Cup final last year. 

Ford looks set to be given the nod at fly-half once more with Owen Farrell continuing in the centre and if they can channel the sort of performance that they put up against New Zealand last year they may well end Ireland’s hopes of not only a Grand Slam but a triple crown.

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Cian Healy signs short term extension

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Ireland and Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Cian is Ireland’s most capped prop forward having lined out for Ireland on 107 occasions to date. He made his Ireland debut against Australia in November 2009 and was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia making two appearances before injury ended his involvement.

Cian has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and represented Leinster on 226 occasions winning four Heineken Cup titles during his career in blue.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Cian has been a cornerstone of both the Irish and Leinster packs for over a decade.  He has shown incredible resilience to come back from serious injury and perform at the highest level.  Cian has a lot to contribute to Irish Rugby and we are delighted that he has signed on for another year.”

Cian Healy, commented,

“My drive for success at both Leinster and Ireland is as strong as ever.  I am lucky enough to currently be part to two teams with the same mentality which is special and I look forward to another season of pushing boundaries and achieving our goals.

I’m loving my rugby as much now as I did at the very start of my career and looking forward to having our supporters back in stadia.”

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O’Mahony Signs Contract Extension with IRFU

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Ireland and Munster backrow Peter O’Mahony has signed a two year extension to his IRFU contract keeping him at Munster until 2023.

Peter made his Ireland debut in the Six Nations against Italy in 2012 and has gone on to win 74 caps and captain his country on eight occasions.  A Lions tourist in 2017, Peter captained the Lions in the opening Test of the series against New Zealand.

Peter has represented Munster on 141 occasions becoming captain of his province in 2013 at the age of 24.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Peter has played a leadership role in Munster from an early age and is one of the senior leaders in the national squad.  He is a competitor and passionate about playing for both Ireland and Munster.”

Peter O’Mahony, commented,

“It’s a huge privilege to sign on with the province and country I’ve grown up in and dreamed of playing for. It’s been something I’ve been very open about saying from day one and its very pleasing to be able to continue the journey for two more years.

There’s a huge amount of responsibility that comes with representing both teams and I understand how much pressure there is to deliver silverware, however, I am incredibly enthusiastic on the position and competitiveness of both Munster and Ireland and I look forward to hopefully contributing to both, to succeed in delivering that success on the pitch.”

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Sexton extends contract

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Ireland and Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 2018 World Player of the Year took on the Ireland captaincy in January 2020 and is one of Irish rugby’s most decorated players.

He has been central to both Ireland and Leinster’s success for over a decade following his international debut against Fiji in November 2009.

A two time Lions tourist in 2013 and 2017, Johnny has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and four European Cups with Leinster.  He has represented his provinces on 171 occasions scoring 1505 points.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Johnny continues to show he has the quality and appetite to compete at the highest levels.  He is playing an important leadership role with the Ireland squad and his insight and experience continues to be of great value to the group.”

Johnny Sexton, commented,

“I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments.   I am enjoying the challenge of captaincy and the added responsibility that it brings.  My appetite for success is the same as it ever was and the ambitions of both the Ireland and Leinster squads match my own.”

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