George Ford says England will use memory to see Ireland Grand Slam win in Twickenham in 2018 as fuel to inspire them to victory
- England has beaten Ireland in the last two games, but 2018 still hurts George Ford
- Ford says England will “dive into a few things” from 2018 before Ireland collides
- The fly-half says that Ireland will be difficult to break down and bring line speed
England will get the feeling to see Ireland win the Grand Slam in Twickenham two years ago and use it this week, according to George Ford.
Despite beating the Irish 32-20 and 57-15 in the two most recent tests between the parties, the players of England are still stabbed by 2018.
Fly-half Ford said about the 24-15 defeat in which the Irish captured the title in Twickenham under Joe Schmidt: “Yes, we remember. We never like to lose competitions, especially at home. We haven’t talked about that yet. Maybe in Testweek we dive into a few things to get us emotionally well.
George Ford says he is determined to take revenge on Ireland for their 2018 win at Twickenham
Ford expects that Ireland is hard to break down and will bring the line speed next Saturday
The fly-half says that the addition of Mike Catt to the Irish staff will see them develop their attack
“It’s a balance, isn’t it? You don’t want to look too far in the past, but if it is something you can use to take yourself to a higher level, then you use it. We will see what the two or three critical things we need to do to ensure that we are ready for this game. “
With Andy Farrell now head coach of Ireland, Ford knows that England must undergo a rigorous investigation. Ford has known Farrell, father of his best friend Owen, since his youth and worked great under the rugby league in the previous England set-up. “We understand the challenge that awaits us,” he said. “They will be difficult to break from an attacking point of view and will try to defend line speed and something else against us.
“They are probably trying to develop their attack. They also have Mike Catt, who is clearly a very good coach. He thinks about the game from a very offensive point of view. “