Ireland leapfrog England to second place in latest world rankings

Ireland leapfrog England to second place in latest world rankings

Ireland leapfrog England to second place in latest world rankings

A WARNING has been issued by English rugby bosses over the resale of tickets for Ireland's Grand Slam clash with England this Saturday as the much-desired tickets are being flogged in excess of £4,000 online.

"The shoe is on the other foot now after previous year and I'm sure they'll be licking their lips", Sexton was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times newspaper.

The 28-8 win over Scotland, coupled with England's defeat in Paris wrapped up a third Six Nations title in five years for Ireland, and sets up a Grand Slam opportunity at Twickenham on Saturday.

Joe Schmidt could be leading Ireland to just their third ever Grand Slam by beating England at Twickenham on St Patrick's Day.

"Scotland's defeat at the Aviva Stadium saw them drop to sixth below South Africa in the rankings, while France are up two places to eighth as their 22-16 victory over ill-disciplined England saw them gain 1.89 points, which was enough for them to leapfrog Argentina and Fiji".

"Every time you pull on an global jersey at home in front of the Irish people, your family, your friends, you don't need any more motivation".

"I remember playing Scotland in Croke Park for a Triple Crown [in 2010] and nearly taking it for granted, because I thought, "Triple Crown, I'll have plenty more opportunities at this" - and I still haven't won a Triple Crown", said Sexton. "They'll be gunning for us".

"It's very muted upstairs".

"We can start talking about it now, because that's what's in front of us if things go well", Murray said. "They probably think they are going to get a load of opportunities but as I know, it doesn't work out like that".

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