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Haskell out to make up for Dublin heartache

2017-03-17 13:23:00, Views: 151, ClubCall

Haskell out to make up for Dublin heartache

England's James Haskell is confident the Irish pack will not overawe he and his fellow forwards when they meet in Dublin on Saturday.

The Red Rose will walk out at the Aviva Stadium looking to claim a second straight Six Nations Grand Slam and some of their players will also have one eye on revenge.

Ireland's pack beat up their English counterparts on the final day in 2011 on the way to a 24-8 win which dashed the visitors' hopes of a clean sweep.

Haskell is one of four survivors from that day and is confident that the same fate will not await his team, as they go looking to become the first country to win back-to-back Grand Slams in the Six Nations era.

"There are guys in this squad who experienced that feeling and it still is bizarre," he said. "When I am 65 I will sit back and appreciate that I helped win the Six Nations title in 2011 but I don't want to go through all of that again and it really is a motivating factor.

"Every team we play against pose a big physical challenge and want to impose themselves on us. However, the way we train, the physicality and the demands we put on ourselves means that we are prepared.

"You have to be ready to turn up and deliver on Saturday."



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