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Dan Cole's absence could make all the difference - Six Nations Rugby Panel

Published 19/02/2014 | 13:01

Host Declan Whooley is joined by Ruaidhri O’Connor and Tony Ward to discuss Ireland’s chances of a Triple Crown at Twickenham this weekend.

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After wins over Scotland and Wales, Joe Schmidt will face his biggest challenge yet, not to mind his first fixture away from Dublin, when his Irish charges travel to face a team really growing under Stuart Lancaster.

In 2012, the Irish scrum was dismantled, but Tony ward feels that the loss of Dan Cole through injury could have a significant impact.

“I really like Dan Cole as a player and that could swing the favour in our balance,” he said.

“He might not be the best ball carrier, but he is a technically gifted player.”

Ruaidhri is cautiously predicting a narrow away win, with an eagerness to win silverware a chief motivating factor.

"Johnny Sexton spoke about it during the week that he has never won anything with Ireland," he said.

"There is a new cohort of players in the post 'Golden Generation' who have yet to win any silverware in a green jersey."

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