Stephen Ferris labels England 'bad losers'
Stephen Ferris has labelled last year's Six Nations champions England "bad losers" ahead of Saturday's trip to Twickenham.
"I suppose if you ask any team, they'll probably all say the same thing," said the Ireland flanker.
"For me, I think they're a good side and they're a team full of winners, but when they lose they don't like it. You know, they're bad losers and hopefully they'll be bad losers on Saturday."
Ferris conceded that he has become friendly with a lot of the English players in recent times, but he does admit that they have earned a reputation for arrogance.
"I suppose they come with a bit of a tag of being arrogant and that kind of thing. But I've been on the Lions tour in 2009 and I got to know a few of the lads.
"I've a lot of respect for all of them, I got on well with all of them and actually became good friends with some of them as well.
"It's two good teams going against each other and we'll have respect for them. But we're also looking forward to trying to get that result.
"You ask any team who do they like beating and it's always the English. I think I've had so many beatings from them growing up at underage level. Every time we played with U-18s, U-19s, U-20s, whatever, we were always on the receiving end of a thumping."
Meanwhile, Munster forward Donnacha Ryan has extended his IRFU central contract until 2014 despite admitting yesterday that he didn't want to discuss a new deal "for a few weeks".
"It's more outside pressure which I don't really need at the moment," he said before yesterday's surprising announcement.
"I just want to keep my mind on playing rugby and let that look after itself. Munster are my club. Things are going well for us. It was great for me to break into the team after the World Cup.
"There's a great crop of players coming through. It's home for me. It's the best club I could be with."
Sean O'Brien replaces Peter O'Mahony in the Ireland team that faces England in Saturday's shoot-out for second place in the Six Nations Championship.