Wednesday 13 November 2019

Simon Easterby dismisses England defence coach's 'boring Ireland' comments

Forwards coach Simon Easterby brushed off comments made by England defence coach John Mitchell. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Forwards coach Simon Easterby brushed off comments made by England defence coach John Mitchell. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby has brushed off the latest verbal grenade tossed across the Irish Sea by England this week.

England defence coach John Mitchell claimed that Ireland are now the best side in the world - but that they will try to 'bore the s***' out of Eddie Jones' side this Saturday in the Six Nations opener at the Aviva Stadium.

"It's a headline," was Easterby's curt dismissal of the withering comments.

"If you read a bit more about what he said, I don't think there's too much to read into that. We focus on what we do, we are good what we do and there will always be an opinion on how teams play, no matter how good or poor they are. There will always be an opinion.

"We will take it in our stride and we will look forward to creating a game on the weekend we know we can.

"Guys use motivation or things like that whatever way they want individually but for us as a squad we don't take too much interest in what is being said outside of that.

"It is what it is. Like I say, it's a bit of a headline and we are focusing on how good we can be. Let's see how the game goes."

The full Irish squad trained today at Carton House and reported no injury worries.

"We've been very lucky with the injury list, we have a healthy squad of players and that creates competitiveness in training and healthy competition," Easterby added.

"Every teams strives for depth and quality in every position and we are no different.

"The quality of our squad is strong and that is driving the standards, everyone is being kept on their toes, it is a good place to be and everyone has been training well and it has been useful."

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