Ben Te'o promises England will bounce back against France in Six Nations

Johnny Sexton in action against Finn Russell during the 2015 clash in Murrayfield

Johnny Sexton in action against Finn Russell during the 2015 clash in Murrayfield

A tough evening is promised in Coventry against England next Friday - depending on tonight's championship decider in Grenoble, the Red Roses could be chasing another Grand Slam - but respectability for Ireland should be secured with a third victory in Donnybrook.

Ireland have taken a huge leap towards the title with today's win and will now watch the England v France clash with eagle eyes. But that was a mistake because if you do that in tests you can easily lose control.

Their failure to pick up a losing bonus point in their shock 25-13 defeat to Scotland put Eddie Jones' men in a precarious position prior to Ireland's game against the Scots.

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"No-one deserves that. I thought the way England handled it, which would have been a big disappointment for their players, to how they spoke after the game, to the coach - showed they were good losers as well as being very good winners over the last couple of years".

"If the game loves us then we might have won against France, but we didn't get bounce of ball, we didn't get the 50/50 decisions and we are in the losers' chair and it is not a very happy place".

"I think that is fair comment", Barclay said.

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Different standards. Ireland are set to remain mid-table as their Six Nations campaign achieves mediocre status with an expected win in the last Sunday lunchtime fixture of a transitionary season. "The record speaks for itself.Ultimately the teams that do well in this competition have to do well away from home".

"It's a little bit surreal".

"We'll go at them as hard as we can but I'm sure the other guys will as well".

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President Michael D Higgins led the congratulations as Ireland wrapped up the NatWest 6 Nations title with a game to spare after they beat Scotland and England lost to France. But the back row added that if his team were to repeat that success they must "be better in Dublin than we were against England at BT Murrayfield".

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