With 18 consecutive test match wins, England are just one victory away from taking the record from the New Zealand All Blacks.
" You don't win 18 tests in a row by being anything other than quite exceptional".
"They're a quality team, we knew that".
Billy Vunipola doesn't lose many games, be it with Saracens of England, so Saturday's defeat by Ireland might have come as a bit of a shock. We are Six Nations champions, back-to-back which is a fantastic achievement. "That would have brought its own pressure".
England had already been ousted from their home World Cup after morale-crushing defeats to Wales and Australia when they entertained minnows Uruguay in the final game of Pool A on October 3, 2015.
"For the second time in five months the Irish can go against national stereotype and act as party poopers".
All the promise, all the near-misses of the previous years' Six Nations tournaments had amounted to nothing but a false dawn and England were on their knees.
All England, who ran in seven tries in their title-clinching 61-21 thrashing of Scotland at Twickenham last week, could manage in reply were three Owen Farrell penalties.
It all kicked off at BT Murrayfield as Scotland made a blistering start in what would be a hugely successful Championship for them, seeing off Ireland 27-22.
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"I didn't prepare the team well.I am not sure (what he did wrong)".
His absence, combined with the loss of Conor Murray and Rob Kearney, left Ireland without some of their most experienced players for the battle against an England side that was chasing a 19th straight victory.
Had England triumphed at a rainswept Lansdowne Road, they would have set a new record of 19 successive Test wins by a leading rugby union nation and become the first team in the Six Nations era to complete back-to-back Grand Slams. Every time we got near their half we would cause a mistake, a turnover or something and we would just be back in our half.
"I can't wait for us to play them either".
"We have been chuffed with the results we have had, but the reality is we still have a lot to do". "That was like a World Cup final today and we weren't good enough", the Australian added.
Barnes felt Eddie Jones had been out-coached by Ireland's New Zealand mentor Joe Schmidt.
"We're more adaptive, more resilient and more self-reliant", he said.
Ireland also brought an end to New Zealand's winning run at 18 past year in Chicago. Put simply, Ireland had a superior plan, and on the day the superior coach. "Probably the best thing you can say is that I definitely prefer playing with him in the green of Ireland than playing against him when he's with Leinster", said Best.