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Ireland will try to bore England - Mitchell

29th January 2019, 12:05 by Chris Rivers

Defence coach John Mitchell says England will need to be patient and not become bored in Saturday's Six Nations game with Ireland.

The Red Rose cross the Irish Sea hoping to get the better of last year's Grand Slam winners and end a recent poor run of form at the Aviva Stadium, losing on their last two visits, while they haven't scored a try in Dublin since 2011.

It will be extremely tough for England to get the better of a team who defeated New Zealand during last year's autumn internationals and Mitchell believes Ireland are the best side in the world heading into this year's Six Nations.

England have been working on trying to combat the high-ball threat from the Irish during their training camp in the Algarve, Portugal and Mitchell says how they deal with that will be one of the key aspects in deciding the outcome of what he expects to be an attritional affair.

"Ireland are arguably the best in the world and they have taken accolades for last year," Mitchell told BBC Sport.

"Conor Murray is one of the best exponents of the box-kick - his accuracy, his speed, his control - and it is a process they are very comfortable with.

"Through their process and being a well-coached side, they are resilient, they will try and bore us basically.

"In many ways it will be [about] who wants to be more patient than the other."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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