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Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland hands off Danny Care during Ireland's 13-10 defeat at Twickenham

Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland hands off Danny Care during Ireland's 13-10 defeat at Twickenham

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Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll reacts after being defeated by England

Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll reacts after being defeated by England

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Ireland's Paul O'Connell (R) and Brian O'Driscoll react after being defeated by England

Ireland's Paul O'Connell (R) and Brian O'Driscoll react after being defeated by England

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England's Mike Brown

England's Mike Brown

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England's captain Chris Robshaw leads his team off after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham

England's captain Chris Robshaw leads his team off after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham

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Ireland's Rob Kearney looks dejected after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham

Ireland's Rob Kearney looks dejected after the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham

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Ireland centre Brian O' Driscoll makes a break during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

Ireland centre Brian O' Driscoll makes a break during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

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Jonny May of England goes over to score a try, that is later disallowed for a knock on

Jonny May of England goes over to score a try, that is later disallowed for a knock on

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Ireland prop Cian Healy runs into England players Luther Burrell (l) and Jack Nowell

Ireland prop Cian Healy runs into England players Luther Burrell (l) and Jack Nowell

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England scrum-half Danny Care tries to break through the Ireland defence

England scrum-half Danny Care tries to break through the Ireland defence

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Luther Burrell of England tackles Rory Best

Luther Burrell of England tackles Rory Best

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Mike Brown of England is tackled by Conor Murray

Mike Brown of England is tackled by Conor Murray

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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell (l) is beaten to a lineout ball by Courtney Lawes

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell (l) is beaten to a lineout ball by Courtney Lawes

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Danny Care of England celebrates his try with Luther Burrell

Danny Care of England celebrates his try with Luther Burrell

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England scrum half  Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Jack Nowell (r) as Jonathan Sexton looks on

England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Jack Nowell (r) as Jonathan Sexton looks on

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Rob Kearney of Ireland celebrates scoring his try with Jonathan Sexton

Rob Kearney of Ireland celebrates scoring his try with Jonathan Sexton

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England scrum half  Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (l) and Luther Burrell

England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (l) and Luther Burrell

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Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy

Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy

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Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell

Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell

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Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell

Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland tackles Jack Nowell

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Ireland's Rob Kearney (centre) celebrates scoring  a try with team mates Jonathan Sexton (right) and  Chris Henry (left)

Ireland's Rob Kearney (centre) celebrates scoring a try with team mates Jonathan Sexton (right) and Chris Henry (left)

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England's Billy Vunipola (left) battles for the ball with Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy (right)

England's Billy Vunipola (left) battles for the ball with Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy (right)

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Ireland full-back Rob Kearney scores a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney scores a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

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Ireland wing Dave Kearney is tackled by Billy Twelvetrees as Danny Care (l) looks on

Ireland wing Dave Kearney is tackled by Billy Twelvetrees as Danny Care (l) looks on

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Ireland full-back Rob Kearney breaks through to score a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney breaks through to score a try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham

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England scrum half Danny Care scores the winning try

England scrum half Danny Care scores the winning try

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Danny Care of England goes over to score a try

Danny Care of England goes over to score a try

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England scrum half  Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (r) and Luther Burrell (2nd right)

England scrum half Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (r) and Luther Burrell (2nd right)

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Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland as Dave Kearney looks on

Jonny May of England is tackled by Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland as Dave Kearney looks on

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Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland hands off Danny Care during Ireland's 13-10 defeat at Twickenham

Dashed Triple Crown and Grand Slam dreams will not damage Ireland's bid for a first RBS 6 Nations title in five years, according to Gordon D'Arcy.

England edged out Joe Schmidt's side 13-10 at Twickenham on Saturday, blowing the Six Nations wide open.

Stuart Lancaster's men can lift the Triple Crown if they see off Wales in round four, while the title is a now a four-way fight between England, Wales, Ireland and France.

Leinster centre D'Arcy vowed Ireland will not let their frustrations in defeat to England overshadow their drive towards the championship.

"We're a better team than we were eight months ago," said D'Arcy of Ireland's resurgence under new head coach.

"And the chances of a loss like this derailing the rest of the championship for us, there's no chance of that happening.

"With Joe driving that, and Paul (O'Connell), Brian (O'Driscoll), Johnny (Sexton), Jamie (Heaslip) and those guys, they are going to be getting everybody back together.

"We can't change the result but we look at the positives, fix the mistakes and we move forward.

"We focus for Italy and France, then we refocus for Italy, and then we go from there.

"You want to win silverware, so that's pretty disappointing.

"The whole tournament can be a bit of a game within a game, there's the Triple Crown but also the championship.

"We've lost one but we're still in the hunt for the other, so it's not really that easy to think that way at the moment.

"We've got to pick ourselves up after a pretty tough loss, then just refocus on Wednesday and Thursday when we meet up."

Rob Kearney's smart score to open the second-half raised hopes of a superlative Ireland victory on Saturday.

England hit straight back through Care, who raced clear after a fine break from in-form full-back Mike Brown.

Ireland built several late field-position platforms to attack, but were unable to force a game-changing score at the death.

D'Arcy admitted frustrations at Ireland producing plenty of attacking rugby without enough end product.

"We gave them three kickable penalties and that was probably the difference," said the 35-year-old.

"They were pretty dangerous in broken field and capitalised on a good offload, and maybe a slip at the back of the field.

"But the discipline around the kickable penalties, that's the difference.

"We played pretty positive rugby, we definitely played the more attacking rugby and when you don't get the results from that it can be pretty frustrating.

"We had a couple of scrums on the right-hand side late on and I thought we were definitely going to get something out of it."

Brian O'Driscoll's final Twickenham appearance passed without the 35-year-old surpassing Mike Gibson's Irish record of eight personal victories over England.

Saturday's defeat means the Leinster stalwart will retire in the summer without adding another Grand Slam to his trophy haul.

D'Arcy said O'Driscoll is not the only experienced Ireland star running out of chances to claim another European clean sweep.

"There's definitely an age profile on the squad and maybe a few guys won't get that many more chances at a win in Twickenham," said the 34-year-old.

"We've done so well in the last 10 to 12 years here, so that just makes this harder.

"So to fall by three points, it's pretty tough."

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