ANDY Farrell says he would be eager to complete his truncated debut Six Nations championship in October after confirmation that their second successive game, in Paris next weekend, fell victim to the efforts to contain Coronavirus.
And the Englishman bullishly declared his side have every chance of claiming the title, as his predecessors Declan Kidney and Joe Schmidt also did in their first championship campaigns.
Ireland still have to play Italy – as do England – amidst fears that the 2020 championship may yet remain unfinished.
Ireland only have three scheduled internationals in November, so they could feasibly play Italy and France in the final two weeks of October, with the Six Nations keen for England to take on Italy at the same time as Ireland play France to contrive some more drama to an already dramatic outcome.
"We’ve got a window for that," said Farrell of an October finish. "Some teams schedule four in there for November but we’ve scheduled three. We’ve got a window there so we’re very open to that.
"It is what it is. You can’t do anything but the right thing. The reaction of the players when we’ve come back off a good morning’s work was one of deflation a little bit. Gutted.
"We’ve built up for a couple of weeks on the back of a disappointment and we were looking forward to the week ahead."
"We’re more than in it," added Farrell, after the French defeat in Scotland blew the championship wide open once more.
"We’re in control of our destiny. The Six Nations is unbelievably difficult. Everyone judges on performance but we’re two from three, as other teams are. And some are below that. Our destiny is in our own hands.
"We know where we’re trying to go and we’re making progress there. And that’s what adds to the frustration of not being able to show that this weekend.
"We felt we had a good plan this week and we used last weekend to plan properly and we were bouncing into this week. It’s not the norm for any of us."