KYRAN BRACKEN’S PRE-MATCH VIEW

ENGLAD LOOK TO DOUBLE UP
England proved they have the tools to become a competitive force with their victory in Paris last week now they must prove it wasn’t a one-off. The players are united in their support of Stuart Lancaster and they’ll know a victory over Ireland will further advance the cause of their interim head coach – that’s got to be as big a motivating factor as the remote possibility of defending their Six Nations Crown.

IRELAND LACK A TALISMAN
Without Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll Ireland lack a talismanic presence and I think that, despite some impressive performances in the tournament, that has had a psychological impact on their players.

In last year’s Grand Slam decider England were mashed up front and dominated at the line-out but I can see the opposite happening this time around. England’s set-piece has been impressive, particularly the scrum which was an area of concern, and if they get that right again I can them cruising to a thumping victory on St Patrick’s Day.
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Kyran Bracken was speaking courtesy of GamePlan Solutions: Managing high profile and popular sport stars; speakers, leaders, motivators, ambassadors www.gameplansolutions.co.uk