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'Reading stuff after Scotland, you'd swear we had lost' - Andrew Conway plays down Six Nations title talk

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Andrew Conway isn't getting carried away with talk of a Six Nations title after Ireland's opening two wins. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Andrew Conway isn't getting carried away with talk of a Six Nations title after Ireland's opening two wins. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Andrew Conway isn't getting carried away with talk of a Six Nations title after Ireland's opening two wins. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

ANDREW Conway says that Ireland will not be getting swept away with title talk as his side bid to cast aside of two successive tournament flops by winning a Triple Crown in Twickenham later this month.

Even if Ireland fail against England, Andy Farrell’s side will still be in with a chance of claiming the Guinness Six Nations title in Paris next month.

But Conway insists his side will maintain a mindful approach despite the smooth coaching transition from the extraordinarily successful Joe Schmidt.

“We won’t get getting too far ahead of ourselves. It’s funny reading a lot of the stuff after the Scotland game, you’d swear we lost it but that’s the narratives that are driven a lot of the time," Conway said.

“Now, we are probably going to be the best team in the world for a week or two until we play England and then outcome of that will depend on what’s written about us after that.

“We weren’t getting too concerned about the narratives that were out there post Scotland, we weren’t all thinking that we were in dire straits.

"Now after a good win against Wales we are not thinking that we are world-beaters. It’s trying to remain somewhere in the middle and realise we are on the right path, a good path. We’ve got new guys in and we have to keep looking forward and work hard."

Schmidt and his predecessor, Declan Kidney, both pulled off a title win in their first full campaigns – Farrell’s would be a unique achievement, however, as unlike the other two coaches, he did not have a November warm-up series.

But Conway says his side are not even discussing the prospect of winning silverware, although he does confirm that Ireland will be even stronger when they bid for revenge for two 2018 humblings at the hands of Eddie Jones’ men.

"It’s like any year," said Conway. "The way that the Six Nations is laid out, it is two games on, one week off, one game on, one week off, two games on, so that’s how you approach it.

"We have a training week this week and then we will have the English match the following week and then another break. So you are not thinking mid-March.

"As we touched on there is a bit of a difference in how we played against Wales and how we played against Scotland.

"There were no huge things but just a few things that went right. That stems from an extra week’s training with new guys, new systems, nothing crazy. It’s just being new.

"Everyone is just feeling each other out and getting into the swing of things. So I think another week training and the leading into the England game will be massive."

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