Rugby Club: Inside the England camp at St George's Park ahead of Ireland clash

Last Updated: 21/02/14 9:00am

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Mike Brown believes England must play with tempo and intensity to Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday.

England have won their last three Six Nations clashes with Ireland but Joe Schmidt's side travel to Twickenham on Saturday on the back of impressive victories over Scotland and Wales.

"We certainly want to be setting the standards in terms of the intensity and ferocity."
Tom Wood

Stuart Lancaster's side must halt the green machine if they are to prevent the Irish from claiming a triple crown and prolong their hopes of winning the tournament.

And Brown is confident England have the all round game to beat an Irish side that has proven its ability to mix up their tactics in recent months, from mauling in the tight to playing for territory and moving the ball wide.

"We feel that we have the all-court game where we can speed it up if we want to and we can slow it down if we want to and play in the right areas of the field. But also get our flow game going, play at the high tempo," Brown told Rugby Club. "We will have to mix it up to beat a team like Ireland."


England flanker Tom Wood echoed those sentiments and said that there was huge determination to win the physical battle against an experienced Irish side.

"We certainly want to be setting the standards in terms of the intensity and ferocity, making sure we are keeping this Irish team moving, moving the point of attack and playing with as much fluidity as we can," Wood said.

"We have a huge amount of respect for this Irish team; they have got a lot of caps and a lot of experience. We know that we are going to have to be right on our mettle if we are going to get the result that we want."

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