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High flier: Iain Henderson wins a lineout against Jake Ball of Wales

High flier: Iain Henderson wins a lineout against Jake Ball of Wales

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High flier: Iain Henderson wins a lineout against Jake Ball of Wales

Ireland's Iain Henderson has warned that Andy Farrell's side must be up for a physical battle if they are to exact some revenge on England.

After beating Wales with a bonus point on Saturday, Ireland go to Twickenham on January 23 with a Triple Crown to be won, but having been thumped by Eddie Jones' side twice last year, including a 57-15 embarrassment in a World Cup warm-up back in August.

"Obviously the Triple Crown is something that would be great to win," said Ulster skipper Henderson. "But what a lot of the players will be thinking about is the last game that we had in Twickenham and how that didn't go the way we wanted.

"We'll definitely be looking to make improvements. England will be up for it, they'll be looking to come out all guns blazing. We've a week off to regenerate, to recuperate and to fix what we think needs fixing and then really ramp it up going into the game week.

"I think when any team puts 50 on you, there's a wee element of surprise there. We'll look back at that, we'll see what went wrong. But ultimately we'll be wanting to produce a very different performance.

"It's all about setting down a marker physically. We did that against Wales although there's stuff to work on and get better at. Dominating England physically early on will be key but everyone wants to do that in every game."

Belfast Telegraph