Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England's Inside Information on Defence

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England's Inside Information on Defence

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ENGLAND have been tapping into inside knowledge gathered during the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to help devise their plan to unpick Andy Farrell's Ireland defence.

Farrell is recognised as the sport's foremost coach in his area and breaking down the Guinness Six Nations champions is critical to causing an upset in today's Aviva Stadium collision.

England supplied the largest contingent of players to the Lions squad that travelled to New Zealand, with Farrell overseeing Warren Gatland's defence and Steve Borthwick - Eddie Jones' assistant - guiding the pack.

When asked for the approach to toppling Ireland, attack coach Scott Wisemantel said: "Score more points than they do. We'll chip away.

"We've got some things in place to combat their defence and we've studied that really hard. …

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