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England completed fourth in the Six Nations table right after their 29-16 defeat to Grand Slam winners Ireland in Dublin Steve Borthwick’s side now have much less than six months to prepare for the Globe Cup in France “I am excited about what these players can do for the Globe Cup”

11:23, UK, Sunday 19 March 2023

England coach Steve Borthwick is “excited” about his side’s Globe Cup prospects regardless of their underwhelming Six Nations campaign.

Borthwick’s group, who signed off with a 29-16 loss to Grand Slam winners Ireland, completed fourth in the table right after registering two wins and 3 defeats for the third year operating.

Despite the fact that England’s efficiency in Dublin was a vast improvement on their 53-ten mauling by France a week earlier, there was tiny to indicate they could be big contenders for this autumn’s international tournament.

“We’ll debrief this Six Nations completely, take what lessons we take from it and be clear on our path going forward,” mentioned Borthwick.

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell was delighted to clinch the Grand Slam on house turf though England’s Steve Borthwick admitted his side fell brief

“The group is not exactly where it could be and, though we’re judging against teams that have employed this 4-year cycle tremendously nicely, that is not the position England are in.

“I cannot do something about the previous. I intend we will be functioning truly difficult to place England in the very best position feasible and I am excited about what these players can do for the Globe Cup.”

The former Leicester head coach, who replaced Eddie Jones in December, is relishing the prospect of getting a lot more time to perform with his squad more than the coming months.

He added: “We get a quantity of weeks to prepare [for the World Cup]. Players will then be conditioned for international rugby and recognize how we want to play.

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Jamie George went more than in the second half with England down to 14 players

“This has been 5 intense games and properly you then have 1 most important coaching session a week.

“I am searching forward to getting the chance to perform with the players for a longer period of time. I feel we’ve noticed some development right here but we will see a lot more in that preparation period.”

England led for a lot of the initially half in Dublin by way of the initially two of 3 penalties by their captain Owen Farrell, but suffered a setback just just before the turnaround when Freddie Steward was sent off for foul play.

As the complete-back turned sideways, his arm collided with the head of Ireland’s Hugo Keenan, who was stooping to retrieve a loose ball, and referee Jaco Peyper issued a red card.

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Freddie Steward was shown a red card by referee Jaco Peyper just just before half-time

In spite of becoming a man down, England pushed the house side all the way, scoring a attempt by way of Jamie George just before Ireland clinched a 29-16 achievement – and the trophy.

Reflecting on Steward’s red card, Farrell admitted: “I was shocked if I am truthful. But it is not up to us – we never make the guidelines, we never place them in location.

“We never hear the course of action the referee goes by way of, we just had to accept it. The way we reacted right after that red card was really fantastic.

“We fought for every single other. Sadly we did not get on the correct side of the outcome, which is generally disappointing in an England shirt.”

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James Cole recaps the action from Ireland’s win more than England

“This was a fairy-tale Grand Slam for Ireland, sealing it in Dublin for the initially time and capping off an amazing 12 months that is noticed them win 22 out of 24 Tests.

“It was also a fitting Six Nations farewell for captain Johnny Sexton, who did not rule out backtracking on his choice to retire right after the Globe Cup.

“For these considering this may be the finish of the journey for Ireland, Andy Farrell was speedy to point out they have larger fish to fry, though Sexton’s message was ‘roll on the Globe Cup’, which is now just six months away.

“The contest’s controversial moment came just just before half-time – with the game poised at ten-six, a red card to England complete-back Freddie Steward as he attempted to keep away from tackling opposite quantity Hugo Keenan. It divided opinion, former England captain Will Carling calling it ‘a joke’, Globe Cup-winning complete-back Jason Robinson calling it ‘ridiculous’, though England cricket captain Ben Stokes also waded in, labelling it ‘a shambles’.

“Nonetheless, this was a far a lot more spirited and encouraging efficiency from England, coming just seven days right after that record house defeat to France.

“Steve Borthwick, although, admitted there is nevertheless a major gap involving England and the very best sides in the globe – Ireland the very best of the lot.”