O’Sullivan focuses on Triple Crown

Ireland’s Grand Slam dream may be over,but Eddie O’Sullivan is still intending on bringing some silverware home – or rather, keeping it there.

Ireland won the inaugural Triple Crown trophy last year in thrilling fashion at Twickenham, and the Six Nations match at Croke Park against the English is likely to be decisive in their bid to take home the trophy again this year.

Moreover, a win gives Ireland a fighting chance of winning the Six Nations championship should France slip up in one of their remaining games.

“The Six Nations is an intense competition and it will be a challenge to pick ourselves up from a defeat like that,” said O’Sullivan.

“But we must respect the fact there’s still a Triple Crown there for the taking if we can win our next two games against England and Scotland.

“We could possibly win the championship as well. Last year we lost one game in the Six Nations and we ended up finishing second on points.

“We don’t know what will happen. All we can do is plug away and try to win our last three games and see what happens then.

“The most definite way to win the championship is to win five games but who knows what will happen.

“Grand Slams are rare and there’s always a good chance the winners won’t have done the Grand Slam as well. It’s still in our own hands to a certain degree.

“We must respect that and rise to it. We have 10 days to our next game when we play England.”

365 Digital

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