Nigel Carolan upbeat as his U-20s bid to banish pain
It was in last year's reverse fixture that the wheels began to come off of Ireland U-20s' Six Nations campaign and this evening (6.05) as they travel to Newcastle, they do so in a far worse state than when they welcomed England to Dublin at the same stage.
Rewind 12 months and Nigel Carolan's youngsters were flying high with two wins from two, but the defeat to England was followed by a further two losses.
This time around, Ireland are in desperate need of getting a point on the board as two defeats from their opening two games has left them well out of contention for the title.
Despite his side's poor form, Carolan said: "For us, we need to be accurate and that's our message.
"We know that if our passes stick and we can make our tackles, we can get our noses in front. The key for us if we do get or noses in front is try and stay in front."