sport news SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: How England can triumph in Ireland

There is no doubt in my mind that England can win in Dublin on Saturday, which would be the perfect way to set up a huge year.

It is likely to be a one-score game, and could be a classic. I view this as a knockout game, with a knockout mentality. Joe Schmidt has never lost a home game in the Six Nations, so if England are to win they will have to get everything right.

Here is my five-point plan to beat the Irish.

There is no doubt in my mind that England can beat Ireland in Dublin on Saturday evening

There is no doubt in my mind that England can beat Ireland in Dublin on Saturday evening

UP THE TEMPO

The England forward pack should have no qualms about getting into a physical battle with Ireland — there is nothing to worry Maro Itoje, George Kruis and the rest; they should be rubbing their hands together.

Those two and the Vunipolas could have a really big day in Dublin. But the key for England is to play physically and fast.

England's pack is six stone heavier than Ireland's, but don't get carried away by those statistics. They must not get dragged into a slow game with driving lineouts and lots of scrums.

England can physically dominate, not by playing slowly but by playing fast and aggressively, especially at the breakdown, producing lots of quick ball.

Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler are three of the heaviest forwards on the park, but all are super-mobile. They have huge roles to play.

England's Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler (pictured) have huge roles to play

England's Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler (pictured) have huge roles to play

USE TUILAGI INTELLIGENTLY

Utilise Manu Tuilagi in a way that Ireland are not expecting — kicking and passing, not just blasting through.

Eddie Jones has picked a very attacking team, with Elliot Daly, Henry Slade, Jonny May and Jack Nowell, so attack and don't get sucked into using Tuilagi as just a ball-carrier.

He is much better than that, and if they use him as a dummy runner to draw in defenders at times, England can really create some joy out wide.

Utilise Manu Tuilagi in a way that Ireland are not expecting — kicking and passing

Utilise Manu Tuilagi in a way that Ireland are not expecting — kicking and passing

TARGET HENSHAW

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw is a fantastic player, but he is a centre. He has played just once at full-back in his Test career and that was on his debut against the USA in 2013. It's a big call from Schmidt to move him.

If I were Eddie I would be excited about Henshaw playing full-back. There have been a few questions about Daly, but crikey, at least he has played on the wing and at full-back. Playing centre or full-back are worlds apart. I wouldn't target him in the air as he is good under the high ball,

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