Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

England’s Itoje to miss matches against France and Wales

England’s Itoje to miss matches against France and Wales

After watching his team get physically dominated by England, Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach, admitted that he had been anxious by the unusually subdued atmosphere in the dressing room before kick-off, and speaking at Ireland's Carton House base yesterday, Earls admitted there was a lack of intensity in their approach to the game. Hopefully he'll heal fast and we'll have him back ASAP.

"We are expecting it to happen for us and England came out and put us in our place. Looking further ahead into the World Cup, we've got to hit the ground running", Schmidt said, noting that they started last year's grand slam winning success slowly as well as the November series that culminated in a win over New Zealand.

Eddie Jones declared "we're nowhere near our best" after four tries were engineered in a 32-20 victory over defending champions Ireland that produced a first win at the Aviva Stadium for six years.

Ireland leaked more than 30 points at home for just the second time under Joe Schmidt, with the head coach branding the loss a World Cup "reality check".

"We've got to dust ourselves down, not feel sorry for ourselves".

Schmidt, whose decision to play centre Robbie Henshaw out of position at fullback instead of the fit again but ring-rusty Rob Kearney did not pay off, said his players needed to change their attitude to how they approached the England game.

Losing their second row talisman for Sunday's clash with France and nearly certainly Wales a fortnight later is a substantial blow to Eddie Jones' men.

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Meanwhile, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt warned his side they must bounce back from the setback quickly.

"We've tended to finish the Six Nations off pretty strong, even going back to the Six Nations we've won".

Some have wondered if Ireland, who have never before got past the World Cup quarterfinals, had peaked too soon, while others have questioned if they can cope with the pressure of the huge expectation they find themselves under.

Murray admitted that Ireland were dominated in the physical stakes, but is confident that they can rectify this going forward.

"We know they're a top team".

"Physically we know we can be up at that level, but we were just off and we've got to sort that out".

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