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We need to get rid of defensive lapses from Australia game - Paul O'Connell

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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell (third right), France captain Thierry Dusautoir (left), England captain Chris Robshaw (third left), Italy captain Sergio Parisse (second left), Wales captain Sam Warburton (second right) and Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw (right) pose with the new 6 Nations trophy during the RBS Six Nations Launch at the Hurlingham Club, London.

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell (third right), France captain Thierry Dusautoir (left), England captain Chris Robshaw (third left), Italy captain Sergio Parisse (second left), Wales captain Sam Warburton (second right) and Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw (right) pose with the new 6 Nations trophy during the RBS Six Nations Launch at the Hurlingham Club, London.

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Ireland captain Paul O'Connell (third right), France captain Thierry Dusautoir (left), England captain Chris Robshaw (third left), Italy captain Sergio Parisse (second left), Wales captain Sam Warburton (second right) and Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw (right) pose with the new 6 Nations trophy during the RBS Six Nations Launch at the Hurlingham Club, London.

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has called on his team to iron out the defensive frailties from the win over Australia in the November internationals.

Speaking at the launch of the RBS Six Nations in London this morning, the Limerick man was keen to play down the recent victories of the Springboks and the Wallabies.

"November was great for us," said O'Connell.

"Any time we can take those big scalps as we did, South Africa and Australia, is always a good autumn.

"Disappointed with the way we finished the South African game. Probably a bit happier with how we finished the Australia game .

"We had a very disappointing experience the previous autumn were we were in a good position against New Zealand and didn't close the game out.

"We managed to do that this autumn. There's a lot of things to work on as well.

"We built up a healthy lead in that Australia game and let it slip through a few defensive lapses, and we've heard a lot about those since. We'll be looking to rectify those for the Six Nations."

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