Furlong plays down party-pooper role

Date published: March 16 2017

Ireland tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong insists his side won't enter their game against England just looking to crash their Grand Slam party.

England are on the verge of claiming back-to-back Slams in the Six Nations but must beat Ireland in Dublin on Saturday to get that honour.

When asked if the Irish players are determined to trip England at the final hurdle Furlong said they are only focussing on their own game.

"No. Within the team, within meetings, it hasn't been discussed at all," he told Press Association Sport ahead of the Aviva Stadium clash.

"The focus is massively on us and trying to get the most out of the game that we can.

"And I suppose trying to prove to our supporters what it means to us."

These two sides have met in Grand Slam showdowns before with 2001 seeing Keith Wood break English hearts before in 2003 England dominated.

"I do remember the little loop play off the back of the maul for Keith Wood to go in," added Furlong.

"For the game two years later I was probably 11 at the time, so it doesn't majorly stick out now."

Furlong knows though this year they face an England side on top of their game and admits Ireland face a "massive test" on their home turf.

"England are right up there with New Zealand at the minute, the way they are playing," he said.

"I think they are flying, and have deserved to retain the Six Nations.

"So it's going to be a massive test for us no doubt."

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