The Latest World Rankings Are Out & It's Good News For Ireland

Conor Murray making a first half break after collecting an offload from Jonny Sexton

Ireland owe a debt of gratitude to two Englishmen - assistant Andy Farrell and Stuart Lancaster whose Leinster side form the backbone of the national team - but it is the intense Kiwi Schmidt who has masterminded a remarkable period of success for Ireland.

"He's really good, a big strong fella, strong, and he played really well".

Maitland, a former Super Rugby victor with the Crusaders, has scored eight tries in 33 tests for Scotland since 2013.

Adding to the difficulty of England's challenge are the injuries sustained by Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes in Paris.

The importance of the matchday 23 in the modern game can not be underestimated, with Stander acknowledging: "I think (the replacements) have got a job to do as they get on". They've probably had a red circle on March 17 for a while, that home game against Scotland.

Then what about territory?

He has pinpointed that area as his side's main weakness and believes the problem is deep-rooted in the English game, putting his players at a profound disadvantage compared with Ireland, the newly crowned Six Nations champions.

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"We're just looking for progress, and we're a really tough team to play against".

So Ireland are holding on to the ball for longer and they are doing so in the opposition's half. That is poor and unacceptable, given the investment in the team and their huge advantage in playing numbers and strength in depth. This [Irish] team has a lot of experience together, lot of players in their late 20s having come through together, winning championships, being in last-game deciders for championships. Dan Leavy has nearly single-handedly led the assault on this front with his dogged, no-nonsense displays at the breakdown and his teammates have certainly followed suit.

"I've only been under him, but he's one of the best I've worked with". Ireland were in a position which they shouldn't have been in, they were on the cusp of losing a game they completely dominated.

That vital moment of skill looks all the more valuable now, and if you take Rome out of the equation, it is - remarkably - the only away victory of the tournament so far.

Ireland's Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt said he was "surprised [Horne] threw it after our last game against Wales, when Jacob picked up a very similar sort of try". Yet there was no structure, no leadership and above all, no patience to their play.

"They gain a lot of confidence and momentum in how they play", Townsend said of Ireland.

Ireland now sit on 87.85 ranking points, more than six points behind the All Blacks.

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