Conan looking to end Championship on a high

Jack Conan scores their third try
Ireland No.8 Jack Conan is looking to end the 2022 Guinness Six Nations on a high ahead of their final game against Scotland on Super Saturday.

Ireland No.8 Jack Conan is looking to end the 2022 Guinness Six Nations on a high ahead of their final game against Scotland on Super Saturday.

Andy Farrell’s men must beat Scotland in Dublin before hoping that England can do them a favour in Paris by beating France to secure their first Championship since 2018.

They can also claim a first Triple Crown in four years with victory over Gregor Townsend’s men, something which Conan is focused on first and foremost.

“We’re looking to go out on a high,” said Conan

“We want to give everyone something to celebrate. I know the lads are just incredibly excited to be in the position that we’re in.

“Every game at home is special, but with the opportunity to win a bit of silverware for the first time in a long time at home, it’s incredibly special.

“We’ve done everything we can to get ourselves in this position post-Paris. At the moment it’s all about just going out and trying to win this Triple Crown. Whatever else happens, happens.”

Ireland ensured they were still in with a chance of the title with a thrilling 32-15 victory over England at Twickenham, but there were concerns over Ireland’s set-piece and Conan knows it’s something they must learn from.

He added: “It’s always a good learning curve. We’ll be better for it and we’ll bring that into this weekend. I know the lads obviously pride themselves, the front row, about the bits around the scrum.

“They were pretty disheartened about it, but it will just make us better again this weekend for it.

“I think they’re excited for the challenges and to right those few wrongs from Twickenham and end on a high in that platform.

“There has been a few frustrating patches over the last few weeks, but I think we’re better for a tough outing over in Twickenham. Even against 14 men. We weren’t perfect, but it will stand us in good stead now come Saturday.”

Conan came on as a 60th-minute replacement and grabbed the crucial try of the game in the 71st to secure victory for Ireland as a 14-man England began to tire and the Leinster forward hailed the strength in depth at Farrell’s disposal.

Conan, who will start against Scotland, added: “I’d say more than 23, it’s about the 36, 37. The lads that have come in over the last weeks, we spoke yesterday on our last day of training, just about how good the bibs, the lads that haven’t been playing, have been.

“Because you rise and fall to the standard of training, not to the standard of your opposition. The lads have been putting the team under incredible pressure and they’ve played some fantastic rugby in those training sessions over the last few weeks.

“It has been a massive group effort. We’ve seen a lot of lads come and go, unfortunately, but everyone has played their part to get us to this position.”