Sexton: Ireland winning Six Nations is job only half done

Lisa Martin kicks the ball for Scotland women

Ireland is going for the Grand Slam. "At times we did hit some good holes and we got some good momentum and I thought we looked good, particularly at the end of the game".

Which means that the Grand Slam is within grasp, as Ireland take on England at Twickenham Stadium in London on Saturday 17 March, kicking off 2.45pm.

"I'm anxious about the breakdown, we've got to sort the breakdown out and find ways of getting quick ball", said Jones.

"I'd be lying if I said [the Slam wasn't the goal]", Sexton said after the France result came through and confirmed Ireland as winners.

"Significantly, we gave too many penalties away, which was the difference in the game, and the breakdown again caused us trouble".

On Monday morning, World Rugby will release the latest rankings with one significant change: Ireland have moved ahead of England into second place, just behind the mighty All Blacks, for the first time in three years. With an very bad record away from home, the Scots' own championship bid was nearly inevitably squashed by an Irish side which owns the visitors in Dublin, where Scotland has won only once in 20 years.

Woodward, a free-running and try-scoring England centre in his playing days, was among those concerned by the lack of attacking threat - an issue for a team with ambitions of winning next year's World Cup in Japan - and, in particular, the form of fly-half George Ford.

Sure, they'll enjoy tonight's celebrations but Ireland's eye now turns to the ultimate prize.

"We're about 2 or 3 per cent from where we needed to be today", he added. They made it really tough for England to get any fluidity.

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"If you don't have power, it's very hard to get momentum".

"(Coach) Declan Kidney said I was just as much a part of it as everyone else back in 2009 when I was in the bibs.

France could now finish as high as second in the Six Nations table if they topple Wales on Saturday and head coach Jacques Brunel was delighted after stitching together successive wins against Italy and England.

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge".

"Whenever you put yourself in the position to win everything in the Six Nations it becomes massive, but the key for us it approach it as we do every game".

"The young guys probably think they are going to get a lot of opportunities but it doesn't work like that", he said.

- Ireland are unbeaten in their last 14 home games in the Six Nations (W12, D2), before that run they had never gone more than seven such matches in the Five or Six Nations without defeat. "We are a rugby team and no rugby team has an aura of invincibility about them".

When the boot was on the other foot in the final game of last season, Ireland turned party poopers in Dublin but wing Jonny May says England's motivation will be on paying back their disappointed fans.

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