England confirm Itoje is out of action for France and Wales matches

Heather Diaz
February 8, 2019

"He's a brilliant player and he's a world-class player", England scrum-half Danny Care, who missed out on selection for Eddie Jones' squad, told Rugby Union Weekly.

Edinburgh full-back Blair Kinghorn became the first Scotland player to score a Six Nations hat-trick in Rome at the weekend but Captain Greig Laidlaw admitted Scotland will have to raise their intensity against Ireland in what is sure to be a different prospect entirely.

In terms of areas of weakness exposed by the English, Schmidt added: "We've worked incredibly hard to get to where we are without suddenly saying one game has completely undone us".

"That, for me, is a bit of a concern looking further ahead".

The 31-year-old appeared to be targeted early on by England with their kicking game, resulting in some very questionable hits that left the Munster man in a bad way, and forced to come off at half-time with a hip injury.

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Some have wondered if Ireland, who have never before got past the World Cup quarterfinals, had peaked too soon, while others have questioned if they can cope with the pressure of the huge expectation they find themselves under. We are a team that's still going.

Ireland were heralded by Jones as the strongest team in the world leading into the Dublin collision, but having dispatched them with a near-faultless display he refused to make any bold predictions for Japan 2019. I didn't see Daly out there, I thought it was May. "You have got to be prepared to give as good as you get and I don't think we did tonight".

"I was on daddy daycare, so it was 'there you go!' Straight back down to earth - changing nappies and doing school runs", he said.

On the back of 10 successive wins Wales will take heart from their display in Paris while believing in themselves as there is little doubt they have the skills and mental and physical capabilities to withstand the enormity of the challenge.

"As much as anything, it is about getting our confidence back, getting mentally re-aligned, so that we can go out and deliver in a lot more positive manner, in a physically confrontational manner next week".

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