‘No mention of England in Ireland camp’ – Furlong

Date published: March 10 2017

Ireland prop Tadgh Furlong is adament they are fully focused on facing Wales on Friday and not looking ahead to next weekend’s clash with England.

Joe Schmidt’s charges must beat Wales in Cardiff to keep their title hopes alive and victory over England in Dublin in their final match of the tournament will almost certainly secure them a tournament win.

But Furlong insists they are not underestimating the challenge against Wales, who have already lost to England and Scotland.

“There hasn’t been much word about England around the camp,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“It’s all about beating Wales.

“It’s a must-win game if we want to keep our championship hopes alive but we have to take the game in isolation and not look too far ahead ahead of it because it’s a massive test for us.”

The 24-year-old expects a tough encounter against Wales on their home turf.

“I thought they played really well against England at home, and then had a really good first half against Scotland,” added Furlong.

“I’m sure they’ll be disappointed with the second but they have a chance now at home in front of a crowd that’s very passionate about rugby.

“They had a down week as well and sometimes when you lose one you like to get back into the saddle.

“We know it’s going to be an absolute battle out there. I don’t think anyone expects anything different when the Irish play the Welsh.

“It’s going to be a massive test for us but it’s one that everyone is looking forward to. It’s a really good barometer of where we are.”