Six Nations: Lancaster up for Irish showdown

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England coach Stuart Lancaster is looking forward to the RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland but admits his team will need to improve on the performance against Scotland.

England bounced back from their opening defeat against France to get the better of Scotland 20-0 at the weekend but Lancaster was not completely happy and felt they should have won by more.

Owen Farrell may have registered seven points but he also missed three kickable penalties, while a host of other chances went begging.

“There were chances there that we didn’t take and we definitely have regrets over the points we left out there,” Lancaster said. “We played some really good stuff in difficult conditions. Scotland had to defend desperately.”

Next up is a clash with Ireland, who remain unbeaten and they will be full of confidence following their impressive 26-3 victory over defending champions Wales at the weekend.

Lancaster knows his side will be in for a tough game but says they are still in the hunt to claim the title despite the setback against France.

“We’re definitely out to win the tournament, even after the loss to France,” he said.

“Huge credit to Ireland on a great win. They’ll be coming to Twickenham full of confidence. It’s a very important game and it’ll be tough, but we’re confident.”

France are 2.70 favourites to win the RBS 6 Nations, with Ireland sitting just behind on 2.80 , while England are available at 3.30. Wales have slipped to 11.00 following the defeat to Ireland.

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