Six Nations 2011: O’Driscoll issues Ireland rallying cry

Ireland captain eager to end disappointing Six Nations campaign on a positive note against England

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Brian O'Driscoll insists his side are ready to deny England a Grand Slam triumph Photo: Paul Walsh

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Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll has issued a rallying cry ahead of England’s Six Nations visit to the Aviva Stadium.

Martin Johnson’s men are a win away from securing their first grand slam and Six Nations Championship since 2003 in Dublin on Saturday.

But O’Driscoll has underlined Ireland’s desire to deny England a valuable two points and to restore some pride following a dismal championship.

“Any time we play England there’s great passion,” said the Ireland captain, who was Grand Slam champion in 2009.

“It’s a big game, more so for England because there’s a Slam at the end of it, but from our own point of view, it’s another chance to play top-class opposition.

The Ireland skipper continued: “We also have big motivation in that we lost our only other home game in this Six Nations to France and we don’t want to lose two from two.

“If we needed added impetus that will be right up there. When you win two and lose two and don’t have anything tangible to play for – we’re not going to win a championship or
Triple Crown.

“It’s an opportunity to build something heading into an important six or seven month period.

“We’d prefer to win more game than we lose in this Six Nations and that’s what this game gives us the opportunity to do.”

O’Driscoll also dismissed suggestions that this would be his final Six Nations match, but the 32-year-old admitted young emerging Irish talent means his position is under threat.

“I haven’t planned on this being my last Six Nations game, but I don’t take anything for granted anymore,” he added.

“The quality in this squad is better than ever.n Both at provincial and Test level I felt more pressure from younger players coming through than ever before.

“That makes you perform better and puts extra pressure on you when you take to the pitch. You look at each international as your last and while you hope it won’t be, only time will tell.”

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