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O'Driscoll calls for home pride


Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll has demanded that Ireland ensure their RBS 6 Nations does not finish without a home victory.

England arrive at Aviva Stadium on Saturday hoping to complete their first Grand Slam since 2003, while the Irish will be motivated by pride. Two defeats in four games has left them in danger of equalling their worst Six Nations performance of 2008.

"Any time we play England there's great passion," Irish skipper O'Driscoll. "It's a big game, more so for England because there's a Slam at the end of it, but from our own point of view, it's another chance to play top-class opposition."

He added: "We also have big motivation in that we lost our only other home game in this Six Nations to France and we don't want to lose two from two. If we needed added impetus, that will be right up there.

"When you win two and lose two and don't have anything tangible to play for - we're not going to win a championship or Triple Crown - it's an opportunity to build something heading into an important six or seven month period.

"We'd prefer to win more games than we lose in this Six Nations and that's what this game gives us the opportunity to do."

O'Driscoll repeated the team's mantra that from the wreckage of a frustrating period dating back to last year's Six Nations will emerge a top-class performance worthy of their potential.

"It might not happen for us in this Six Nations and we've run out of games, but we feel that if we keep working as hard as we have done, it will eventually happen for us," he said.

"We've been good for 30-40-50 minutes, but not that full 80.

"I genuinely believe that performance is in us and is waiting to come out."