Andy Farrell seeks England reaction

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ANDY Farrell has demanded England react to their RBS Six Nations setback in Dublin by keeping themselves relevant in the title race.

A chastening 19-9 loss to Ireland has left England needing the champions to slip up against Wales if they are to seize a first crown under Stuart Lancaster and Farrell admits his players are determined to atone for an afternoon of disappointment at the Aviva Stadium.

Former international is now England's backs coach. Picture: AP

Former international is now England's backs coach. Picture: AP

“What happened against Ireland is a massive factor for this game,” England’s backs coach said, ahead of today’s match with Scotland at Twickenham.

“If you put that alongside the fact we are still in with a shout of winning the competition, then those two things together are a pretty powerful thing leading up to this game. Hopefully, we’ll put in a performance that matters.

“You learn a lot from a loss. Lads who haven’t been in that type of position before will have learnt a lot.

“We didn’t play our best but Ireland, like most good sides, have a way of making an impact on the game and they did that very successfully. There is a determination to put a performance in.

“We’re confident about the breakdown and our discipline for this week. They are big areas we have worked on.”


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