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Henry Slade celebrates his first try

England opened their Six Nations campaign with victory in Ireland on Saturday.

He added: "With a game as attritional as that one, you've really got to allow sufficient recovery time".

With Tuilagi offering power on the crash ball, Mako and Billy Vunipola restored to the scrum, hard-working flankers Tom Curry and Mark Wilson scavenging around the rucks and the bulk of Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes coming off the bench, England's game-plan was obvious. "England are a big team and they bettered us physically".

But after an impressive win against France in Paris, Wales will surely have silverware ambitions of their own going into the monumental clash with England in Cardiff on February 23rd in what is essentially a title decider.

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For a team which has enjoyed so much success in recent years, Schmidt admits it will also be a huge mental challenge for the players - not just a physical one - moving into the week ahead.

In the build-up to a tournament like the Six Nations such phrases can be explained as fighting talk meant to ramp up the hype, but in this case England's head coach chose his words carefully.

After a dominant 2018 that saw them win a Grand Slam and down the All Blacks, this was not the start to 2019 that Ireland were looking for and how they respond to this setback will be key when it comes to the rest of the tournament.

The 53-year-old New Zealander has to rouse his side for the daunting trip to Murrayfield after they were soundly beaten 32-20 by a resurgent England.

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The Irish had gone into the game with two successive wins over England - one in 2017 denying their opponents back to back Grand Slams and previous year clinching their own Grand Slam at Twickenham.

It is a busy time of year for Gavin Vaughan, the Scotland team's lead analyst, as he works his way through hours of video footage, reams of data and stacks of statistics to help Gregor Townsend and his assistant coaches devise strategies to beat their Guinness Six Nations opponents.

Edinburgh full-back Blair Kinghorn became the first Scotland player to score a Six Nations hat-trick in Rome at the weekend but Captain Greig Laidlaw admitted Scotland will have to raise their intensity against Ireland in what is sure to be a different prospect entirely. Sometimes if you can do something at the start of the game they think "well, that wasn't supposed to happen".

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