Tuilagi, Nowell and Daly start for England

Tuilagi, Nowell and Daly start for England

It also forecasts that England will likely win the Six Nations if they beat Ireland tomorrow, but gives the Irish a 56 per cent chance of seeing off Eddie Jones's side, who have a reasonable 41 per cent chance of causing an upset. "I do think people are going to be entertained".

"We can gear ourselves up to put ourselves in the best position to win it, but ultimately what England are going to bring at us, we can't control", he said.

The front row was outstanding, as was Jonny May with his selfless work, Manu Tuilagi darted well at 12 and Henry Slade [who scored two tries] is getting better with every game.

Uncapped teen Romain Ntamack has gotten the nod over Mathieu Bastareaud, who captained France a year ago, as Les Bleus get set for their Six Nations opener Friday against Wales.

"It's a passionate place with a passionate crowd and they're a passionate team", said the British and Irish Lions fly-half.

"You can see the signs in that early, and Joe knows those signs as well".

"There are always things that surprise you, but you can help minimise that by the pressure that you put on yourselves in training".

Sure, he says, they are Grand Slam champions and win tight games and have good players, but he senses a weakness in how they defend so narrowly and leave so much space in the back-field.

"We've wanted to play this combination for a year but we've been unable to because of injuries", Brunel said.

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"They're where they are in the world rankings at the minute and rightly so".

Looking at the team in the backs Maxime Medard is at full back, while on the wings the experienced Yohann Huget and Damian Penaud are due to start.

Former Ireland rugby captain, Brian O'Driscoll, believes Joe Schmidt will have one eye on the World Cup and will look to explore his squad depth throughout this Guinness Six Nations campaign.

Wales would go on to finish second in the Six Nations reckoning in 2018, whereas France accumulated just two wins as their inconsistent offering on the global stage continued to plague their progress in the rankings. "We've been practising our game plan for 10 days and we know what we want to do". We probably shaded them a bit in that area.

"There's no doubt we'll need it and this is Six Nations rugby, it's different to the autumn internationals".

Ireland have won 12 consecutive home matches and are favourites to extend that run when they start the defence of their title at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland was limited to two tries, one at the death when England was already celebrating in a stadium quickly draining of Irish fans.

Ireland were heralded by Jones as the strongest team in the world leading into the Dublin collision, but having dispatched them with a near-faultless display he refused to make any bold predictions for Japan 2019.

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