Ireland camp more 'relaxed' - Earls
Keith Earls says the mood in the Ireland camp is much more "relaxed" under new head coach Andy Farrell.
Ireland confirmed Farrell would succeed Joe Schmidt after the 2019 World Cup in November 2018 and his first task was getting the national side ready for the ongoing Six Nations.
He led Ireland to a 19-12 victory over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 1 in his first game at the helm and they backed that up with a 24-14 triumph against Wales on February 8.
Farrell is clearly having a positive impact on the squad and Earls claims they are enjoying life under the former Munster boss.
Earls said: "It's been a lot more chilled. We're barely in the classroom – we see our classroom as being on the field.
"Faz brings down a TV to the side of the field, we'll look at a play, then go out and rep it. It's just coaches are different. Andy backs our qualities to be able to deliver what he shows us.
"We're trying to enjoy ourselves but once you walk out in the four lines you have to be switched on.
"It's a new philosophy, it's completely different from the way we've been playing and it's great. We're only two games into it and we're two (wins) from two."
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