James Ryan confident Ireland will bounce back after defeat to England

James Ryan (left) captained Ireland against England
James Ryan (left) captained Ireland against England
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Ireland captain James Ryan is confident that his side will be able to bounce back following a 18-7 defeat to England in the second round of the Autumn Nations Cup at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

Ryan captained Ireland in the absence of Johnny Sexton and had to endure a tough time against Eddie Jones' side as they failed to score a point in the first 73 minutes.

With a double from Jonny May and an eight-point contribution from Andy Farrell, England had an 18-point lead before Jacob Stockdale provided some consolation for Ireland with a touchdown in the 74th minute.

This was also Ireland's fourth defeat against England in as many games but Ryan is confident of a turnaround.

"Probably our set-piece let us down at times in crucial moments. They scored off the back of some those moments that we didn't quite nail," said Ryan.

"It was just a collection of errors, really. It's so important at this level to be accurate. It's definitely one big learning that we'll take.

"It was just little inaccuracies that gave them points. But we'll take loads from that and I've no doubt that we're going to keep building.

"It's no one person's fault. Collectively we need to be more accurate in those pressure moments. We'll have a look at ourselves next week."

Ireland are currently at second place in Group A and will face Georgia in the final game of group stage on 29th November.


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