By Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh
Joe Schmidt says he will be more than satisfied with a 3-0 win at Twickenham tomorrow if it means Ireland seal an historic grand slam.
The Ireland head coach made just one change to the side that beat Scotland last weekend to win the title, with Iain Henderson starting in the second row and Devin Toner moving to the bench.
While Eddie Jones has made seven personnel changes to his side, and three positional switches, Schmidt has maintained faith in the team that ground out victory over Gregor Townsend's men in Dublin.
It has been branded dull and boring by some, but Schmidt could not care less.
“I don't think any of the team would care if it was 3-0, I don't think we would be uninspired by a 3-0 victory,” he said.
Victory would mean a 12th straight win for Ireland, a run that began against the same opposition 12 months ago in Dublin.
Jones vowed revenge on the 'scummy' Irish in a video that appeared online yesterday, but Schmidt shrugged off the controversial comments, insisting that they mean nothing to his men ahead of Saturday's game.
“I am not exactly sure what they were, I know there is a little bit of noise about them,” he said. “They are not directly relevant to us to be honest. I don’t know what the specifics of them; those words don’t impact on how we play or how his team play and that’s our focus.
“It’s probably at the stage of being boring which we don’t want to be described as but the bubble that does surround us out here, it does mean that we can focus on the task in hand and not what someone is saying about is.
“Our focus is on this week and the performance, we have treated this week as much as we can the way we have done every other.
Peter O'Mahony said the game is being treated as all four previous Six Nations games, but admitted the English will have plenty of reason to be up for the game, despite being out of the running for the championship.
“We were in their position before, it's an easy place to get motivated from,” he said. “They'll come hard at us so we know how tough it's going to be. It's going to have to be our best performance of the tournament so far.”