Saturday 25 November 2017

O’Connell: If we beat England at Twickenham, we truly deserve the Triple Crown

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell believes that victory over England on Saturday to claim a Triple Crown will be well-earned.

Ireland go into the Twickenham clash with a Triple Crown up for grabs and without silverware since 2009, O’Connell would cherish the chance of adding to his medal collection.

“Any piece of silverware is great,” he said today.

“If we beat England at Twickenham, then we truly deserve a Triple Crown.”

O’Connell suggested that Ireland will not be allowed to get their rolling maul into play as much as they would like this weekend.

The tactic has been an effective attacking weapon for Joe Schmidt, with Scotland and Wales feeling the full brunt of in the Six Nations campaign so far.

O’Connell however that England will have done their homework and it will be something they will be seeking to address for the clash at Twickenham.

“I’m sure it’s something we won’t be able to use as much this weekend,” he said.

The Munster forward added that while it has been embraced by Ireland, Stuart Lancaster’s side have also a serious maul.

“Their maul has been repeatedly good in recent time,” the second-row forward conceded, pointing to their tries against Argentina and New Zealand as evidence scored from mauls.

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