Six Nations 2014: Ireland wing Andrew Trimble eyes triple crown
Six Nations 2014: Ireland wing Andrew Trimble eyes the triple crown ahead of their next match against England
Andrew Trimble might not let himself get carried away with thoughts of a Grand Slam just yet, but the Ireland winger admits he has his sights set on the Triple Crown ahead of a clash with England.
The 29-year-old has started both of Ireland’s games so far in the 2014 Six Nations, helping the men in green secure victories against Scotland and Wales.
It’s going to be a big, big challenge and we’ll be ready for it
Next up for Ireland is a trip to Twickenham to face England on Saturday, with a third win guaranteeing Joe Schmidt’s side at least the Triple Crown from this year’s tournament.
Despite missing out on the Grand Slam with Ireland in 2009, Trimble does have two Triple Crowns to his name.
And the Ulsterman is determined to secure the hat-trick this weekend as Ireland bid to make it three wins from as many games.
“It may not stand for much anymore with others, but it means a lot to me as it’s all I’ve won with Ireland,” Trimble said.
“It may not compare to winning the Grand Slam in 09 for those boys who played in it but for me it’s a real goal to aim for on Saturday.
“We’re two from two so far and I think we deserve a lot of the plaudits we’re getting after a big performance and big result against Wales.
“But, as Warren Gatland said, Wales didn’t perform as well as we’ve seen them in previous years so we’ll have to up our game a couple of levels to get the same kind of result at Twickenham.
“We’re competing in the Six Nations to win it at least. If I’m honest you imagine a Grand Slam before it all starts but then you train yourself to focus just on the next game.
“As it is England at Twickenham you can never look further than that. It’s going to be a big, big challenge and we’ll be ready for it.”