sport news Steve Thompson and Lewis Moody say Ireland are the 'complete package'

He has crossed continents and had three children — a fourth arrives next month — since scoring the last England try in Dublin.

Steve Thompson galloped over for a consolation touchdown when Martin Johnson's team saw their Grand Slam dreams blown away at Lansdowne Road eight years ago.

It emphasises how much of a graveyard the Aviva Stadium has become for England, who have crossed the line only four times and recorded just one win there since Johnson's men completed their clean sweep in 2003.

Steve Thompson's 2011 consolation touchdown is the last try scored by England in Dublin

Steve Thompson's 2011 consolation touchdown is the last try scored by England in Dublin

Thompson scored as Martin Johnson's men saw Grand Slam hopes destroyed in 24-8 defeat

Thompson scored as Martin Johnson's men saw Grand Slam hopes destroyed in 24-8 defeat

It's now six years and 15 games since Ireland last lost a Six Nations game at home when Owen Farrell kicked four penalties in a 12-6 England win.

In 2011, the visitors stumbled into a classic Irish ambush with Thompson the back-up hooker on the bench and injured greats Mike Tindall and Lewis Moody sitting white-faced in the crowd as they watched the 24-8 defeat unfold.

The bad news for the 2019 generation of Red Rose warriors is that Ireland are now 'the complete package' according to Thompson. 'You couldn't pick a worse time to play them,' adds Moody.

Lewis Moody (right in grey suit) could only watch the carnage from the stands, injured

Lewis Moody (right in grey suit) could only watch the carnage from the stands, injured

'I didn't know I was the last try-scorer — I thought we'd have scored since then,' admitted Thompson, now based in Dubai with interests in the construction industry.

'Ireland that year hadn't had a particularly good Six Nations and you could see a number of the lads thinking "We can turn up and turn them over."

'The warning signs were there all week. We talked about it, the experienced people in the squad told the younger lads they'll come out like madmen, if the ball's on the floor they'll boot it down the field, it'll be raining and that's the game they want with a lot of high balls coming in. It's exactly what happened. Johnno was tearing out any hair he had left.

'It shows the mentality of their team. We went over trying to get a Grand Slam and they're that passionate a side. Ireland have turned things round massively in the last few years, they're now a great team. In the old days it was more passion and they weren't as skillful but now they're the full package. They've got the skill-set to go with it.'

Former internationals Moody and Thompson are full of praise for the current Ireland squad

Thompson said he was surprised to still be the last English try scorer in Dublin

Former internationals Moody and Thompson are full of praise for the current Ireland squad

No-one underestimates Ireland now. The defending champions are 4/1-on favourites with some bookmakers, but Thompson and Moody can detect some angles of attack if England can get on the front foot in midfield.

'If you don't get over the front line from

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