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Ryan: Unbeaten Ireland raring to go ahead of Twickenham test

Ryan: Unbeaten Ireland raring to go ahead of Twickenham test
  • Irish out to make it three wins from three at Twickenham
  • Ryan expects physical encounter against England side which overcame Scotland last time out
  • Second-row hoping for lively atmosphere in London

James Ryan says a “battle-hardened” Ireland are well placed to perform at their best when they visit England on Sunday.

A hard-fought victory over Scotland and an impressive defeat of Wales means Andy Farrell’s men arrive at Twickenham unbeaten.

Second-row Ryan expects a competitive match in London but believes Ireland are ready to hit top gear after building up a head of steam from their two Guinness Six Nations victories so far this year.

“It certainly helps having two games under our belts and especially considering we’re a bit more battle-hardened than we would have been coming into Scotland,” Ryan said.

“At the same time, they have had two serious Test matches as well, in Paris and in the rain in BT Murrayfield, so it is setting up for a good encounter.

“I’m looking forward to it. Twickenham’s always brilliant because there are so many Irish in London and the atmosphere will be cool.”

Ireland will be desperate to repeat the 24-15 success which saw them secure the Grand Slam at Twickenham in 2017.

While Eddie Jones’ men have already been beaten by France at this year’s Championship, Ireland will still expect a stern test from the 2019 World Cup finalists.

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Ryan is prepared for a physical clash and feels such an encounter suits the style of play Ireland will look to bring to Twickenham.

“I think in terms of physicality you have to be right up there. When we’re at our best is when we have that physical edge about us,” he said.

“It might look like we are playing all this flashy stuff but that all comes on the back of us being direct and physical, winning the gain line.

“England would be right up there at the top of that bunch, so we have got to be on top of our A game.”

“The pack that we have, the quality is such that when we have that bit of our game right then we can be a serious force.”