Confirmed: Ireland crowned Six Nations champions as England lose

Confirmed: Ireland crowned Six Nations champions as England lose

"That's the important thing for us and if that means we put in a good performance and stop Ireland - we just want to win that game".

This is Ireland's third title in five years and it could be one of Schmidt's side's greatest achievements yet - regardless of whether England have been under-par.

Yesterday's result, following Ireland's 28-8 win over the Scots in Dublin, secured the title for Ireland, who will chase a Grand Slam at Twickenham.

They then watched England's attempt to stay in the race collapse with a second straight loss, to France 22-16 in Paris.

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge".

Ireland boss Schmidt expects Eddie Jones' frustrated side to be hell-bent on venting some fury at Twickenham on Saturday however.

Scotland upended England last time out but that was at Murrayfield. We've never won it, certainly not in my five years with the team. the other two times we've won it away from home so it's nice to have won it at home today.

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By the time winger Blair Kinghorn claimed Scotland's sole try, Ireland had three, two to wing Jacob Stockdale. "We're just going to be reasonably calm about it and go again next week".

Maxime Machenaud converted four penalties and replacement flyhalf Lionel Beauxis added another for the French, who were awarded a penalty try to break a 9-9 deadlock in the 49th minute. However, the throw-in wasn't caught.

But the visitors dug in and got the first points on the board when Laidlaw stroked over a routine penalty in the 13th minute.

Scotland bore more gifts for the hosts. A nice flick-on by center Garry Ringrose, playing only his second match this year, freed fullback Rob Kearney. They crossed the line once, when Jonny May touched down with seven minutes left, and failed to see a chance in the final seconds. With Johnny Sexton adding the conversion, Ireland had now stretched the score out to 21-3, some daylight between themselves and their Celtic cousins. Devin Toner, Peter O'Mahony, and the front row were replaced.

Fellow forward James Haskell, who made his first England appearance in a year, said winning was enough of a reward in itself not to worry about who it comes against. "We were beaten at the breakdown, we gave away too many penalties, and when we had the momentum we didn't score, whereas they did".

Scotland captain John Barclay conceded a penalty in his half but Sexton, again, kicked for touch rather than the posts. "Any team that is developing, as we are, goes through tough periods where the game does not love you".

Luke, Will, Ethan, Christopher, Benjamin and Todd, sent us their messages for the Ireland team.

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