O'Driscoll to England: We’ll Slam you
Fired-up Ireland are in the mood to destroy England’s Grand Slam ambitions, determined Irish skipper Brian O'Driscoll warned last night.
A first clean sweep since 2003 beckons for England in Saturday night’s RBS Six Nations climax in Dublin.
But they will face an Irish team inflamed by a sense of injustice at their controversial defeat by Wales last weekend.
And O’Driscoll reminded England: “Just because you find yourself at the big occasion it doesn't mean you are owed anything. You still have to grind it out.”
Ulster’s Andrew Trimble returns for Ireland on the left wing.
But for most of England’s young side, going for the big prize is unchartered territory. O'Driscoll led Ireland to the Grand Slam in 2009 and knows the pressure of the occasion is a crucial area that can be exploited.
“I don't know too many of the England team and whether there is a new breed coming through full of confidence,” said O’Driscoll.
“But they will have some nerves like you would for any Grand Slam game and it's our job to try to bring those nerves out and compound them. If you see a potential frailty you go after that.
“It's always a huge game for us because of the history between the countries.”