‘It’s too early to be talking about winning the Six Nations,’ warns Conor Murray
Published 06/02/2013 | 10:48
ENGLAND’S visit to Dublin is already being viewed as a championship decider but Conor Murray believes it is too soon in this year's Six Nations to be talking about shootouts.
"You can lose a Grand Slam or Triple Crown in this game, but you can't win it," Murray said.
"Even teams like Italy are stepping up to the plate this year and there will be big challenges after Sunday. It's a big game, but it's not a title decider.
"England are confident and have a right to be. They had a huge result against New Zealand in the autumn and then another convincing win against Scotland on Saturday.
"They have every reason to be confident and we won't begrudge them that.
"They are another hugely physical team and we're quite battered and bruised from the Wales game. They're a bruising team who will look to beat us up at close quarters.
"But we're happy with the way we stood up at the weekend and we'll be confident again.
"We're in a good place and we've taken a huge amount out of the way we played in the first half against Wales."