Ireland will not underestimate England - Cian Healy

Cian Healy is expecting a strong fightback from England
Cian Healy is expecting a strong fightback from England

Ireland prop Cian Healy says they will not take England lightly despite their indifferent form as the two teams lock horns with each in the fifth and final round of the Six Nations tournament at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

England will be heading to the weekend's encounter following a record defeat at home against France with a 10-53 margin with head coach Steve Borthwick admitting that there is a stark difference between them and the top teams.

This was also their second defeat in the competition as they are now at the fourth position in the table and have slipped to the sixth position in the World Rugby Rankings.

Despite their recent hammering by France, Healy says Ireland is expecting a fightback from England as they look to prevent Andy Farrell's men from clinching a Six Nations title and a Grand Slam.

"You expect a bounce-back," he said.

"England rugby is very strong historically, in our area they've a very strong pack, we're not going to look at that (France) game and go, 'Oh yeah, that's going to happen for us'. That would be silly of us.

"We'll treat them with the historical respect we treat that pack with, because they're bloody dangerous and have very good players and have top-end weight in the pack.

"We'll review this properly and you don't just look at a team's last game, you look at their season, their players and their club games. You go through everything.

"There's a lot to pick apart and we'll do that, but at the same time there's going to be a lot of focus on ourselves."


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