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Guilhem Guirado led Jacques Brunel's French squad through a light workout on Friday

Guilhem Guirado led Jacques Brunel's French squad through a light workout on Friday

Ireland have been crowned Six Nations champions after securing their third bonus point win over Scotland in Dubln on Saturday.

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The roles are reversed from twelve months ago when Ireland denied champions-elect England a Grand Slam at the Aviva Stadium, but it will be Rory Best and his team-mates gunning for a Championship clean sweep at Twickenham on St. Patrick's Day (kick-off 2.45pm).

"If we play with that intensity and that accuracy we should be in a good position".

Jacob Stockdale went over for two tries in the first half, with Conor Murray and Sean Cronin adding two more tries in the second half, to secure the bonus point.

Dominated early when they were made to pay for their mistakes, the French turned things around in the second half thanks to ill-discipline by England.

Schmidt said the focus was now on the grand slam.

Gatland said: "We have two games at home and we want to finish the championship well". Joe van der Flier will be delighted.

Schmidt, who guided Ireland to an historic first win over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016, was trying to keep his players' feet on the ground.

"There's a number of guys who won't be playing in Twickenham, but are certainly right behind the squad".

Kiwi boss Schmidt talks frequently about keeping his players in a "bubble" in a Test match build-up, but Ulster hooker Best admitted that can not extend to players failing to think on their feet.

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"We are disappointed because we felt we played a lot of good rugby at times but we just weren't clinical enough", he told BBC Scotland.

"(The players) do stay in that bubble. We are disappointed with ourselves really.

"Against both Ireland and England, we've shown we can go up against them and we will continue to do so". "It's freaky again because we won it watching a game over which we didn't have any control over but we managed to control enough of the things that we were involved with to get the 19 points on the table that we needed".

"As Declan Kidney said, I was just as much a part of it as everyone else back in 2009 when I was in the bibs". I thought James Ryan was huge again, he made 13 tackles and had 13 ball carries. Early in the game he did really well contesting the high ball, he nearly got away to create that score at one stage.

"Our basic skills were pretty good in a number of areas, our tackling was outstanding and our contact work when we had the ball was outstanding".

"I believe we can come very close to the best".

Later that same Saturday, England crashed to a dramatic 25-13 loss to Scotland at Murrayfield - their first to the Scots for some 10 years.

"That's been done over the past couple of years and it's great that it's so seamless at times".

"Everyone knows the size of the challenge".

"It's very muted upstairs. So it's still going to be a massive game". "We are always going to go through this at some stage", England boss Jones said. The boot is on the other foot after previous year and I'm sure they'll be licking their lips.

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