Reddan wary of focused England

Eoin Reddan has spent enough time playing with and against English players to recognise a sea change in their attitudes on and off the field.

Reddan wary of focused England

And from an Irish point of view he preferred it when the men in white were losing the run of themselves.

The Leinster scrum-half was a Wasps player when he first played against England in the 2008 Six Nations and is certain that the current regime heading to Dublin on Sunday, under Stuart Lancaster’s command since December 2011, is a very different proposition to set-ups of the previous 10 years.

“They were probably a bit more talky and all that stuff then,” Reddan, 34, recalled yesterday. “I think Stuart Lancaster has instilled a much more humble, down-to-earth approach, which is not great for every other team in the Six Nations because it’s probably better when they are getting ahead of themselves. They don’t seem to do that now. You can even see that with the personalities in the squad. Danny Cipriani, who I know well from Wasps, obviously you can see how composed and humble and down to earth he is. He has grown up a lot and improved a lot in lots of things on and off the pitch and wouldn’t be near that squad unless he deserved to be there and had the right attitude on and off the pitch. It just shows you the actions and behaviour Stuart Lancaster expects.”

Humility is one thing but this England team has lost the last two RBS 6 Nations titles on points difference to Wales and then Ireland and will come to the Aviva Stadium on Sunday with steely determination to turn three straight runner-up finishes in the championship into success. What is more, after beating Wales in Cardiff on the opening weekend, Reddan, due to make his first appearance of the 2015 Six Nations as back-up to Conor Murray having missed the Italy and France wins through injury, believes there will be no shortage of confidence within the privacy of the English dressing room.

“There are one or two lads I’ve played against a fair bit, Ben Youngs or James Haskell. They have a different mentality in the dressing room. They are quite confident and bullish about the games they are going to play and it’s a different mentality to what we have in an Irish dressing room. It works. It’s just a difference in nations and what works for each person. I’d say they will be coming here confident and rightly so after their first two weeks.

“From what I know of those boys, they like the big games. They see it as a massive opportunity to impress and show what they are made of.”

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