England and All Blacks like Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Hartley leads an extra huddle to avoid going off the boil following the national anthems

Grand Slams won in the Six Nations era, with England bidding to take the tally into double figures. But this is all a big shake-up among positions five to eight, the second tier, and now that ninth-placed Argentina are no longer able to catch wither France or Wales following last weekend's victories, the so-called "Pool of Death" is looking much easier than first feared.

Edit: Because so many people are giving out about this, I'd like to point out that this was what the initial Brexit meant for Ireland.

"I've got to give credit to the players", Jones told ITV.

In 1992 the roles were reversed; I was the preferred option in the No 9 jersey and Richard occupied the bench.

"We've been ready to play well for a couple of weeks", Jones said after watching his side hit the ground running with a third-minute try for Jonathan Joseph and rarely look back. You've got to maintain your form throughout the Championship, one little slip-up and the Grand Slam is out of your grasp.

If Ireland are toppled in Dublin on Saturday, as well eclipsing the All Blacks' 18-Test milestone Dylan Hartley's men will become only the sixth team to complete back-to-back Grand Slams. "They love that and get excited so we know what to expect".

"Our mindset was on this weekend but every time we come back here after a game we go down to the bar".

A lot has changed in our sport since that game, but there are some similarities between our team and the current England side.




We certainly hope Joe Schmidt's side can pull off a similar performance to that faithful day six years ago.

"The grand slam was our goal at the start of the tournament and we're firmly pushing towards it".

England rugby coach Eddie Jones.

"The players realise they have a once in a lifetime opportunity here".

"When you finally finish on top it feels like it's all been worth it".

"The players have experienced that the year before so I'm sure they will cope with that". My daughter plays for the Under 15s at Winnington Park, and going down there to watch games it's encouraging for our sport to see boys and girls of all ages taking part.

England certainly put in their best performance of the campaign but Scotland were bad and a pale shadow of the team that had disposed of Ireland and Wales earlier in the Championship.

Hansen has congratulated the Six Nations champions for retaining their title by overwhelming Scotland 61-21, despite seeing the All Blacks' record of 18 successive Test wins equalled at Twickenham.

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