After making history following their thrilling win over Australia last weekend, Joe Schmidt has tasked his men to set their sights on ensuring that they wrestle the Six Nations title from current holders, England in 2017.
Since England’s World Cup win in 2003, Ireland has become the first side to defeat the “big three” of the Southern Hemisphere, thus handing Rory Best, Ireland’s captain a fairy tale ending to his 100th cap so far for his country.
Also, their current resurgence, which follows after a disappointing Six Nations campaign in the last season is raising hopes and prospects of a potential Grand Slam decider against England on St. Patrick’s weekend, holding in Dublin.
Reflecting on an impressive campaign in the autumn which had saw them win over the All Blacks in Chicago after their last win 111 years ago, and with a defeat of South Africa in June at Cape Town, Schmidt reiterated that his teams’ focus was on reclaiming the Six Nations title. Schmidt had said,
“I think everybody does,”
“Certainly, in our group everyone wants the title but you want the title every year. I’ve no doubt that England aren’t that keen to give it up either.
“They’re on a tour de force at the moment. They really look incredibly powerful across all positions with a degree of depth.
“And I’m not sure we can ever quite get to with the depth of player resources they have.”
The win for Ireland over Australia began with a first-half dominance which yielded tries for Garry Ringrose and Iain Henderson. And despite the exploitation of the disruption in the Irish back line by Australia, they still managed to rally themselves and claim the lead.
This was made possible with tries by Dane Haylett-Petty, SefanaiaNaivalu and TevitaKuridrani.