England’s defence coach John Mitchell has stoked the fire ahead of the Six Nations opener between his side and Ireland, claiming that the reigning Six Nations Grand Slam champions will try and “bore the sh*t out of us” when they clash at the Aviva on Saturday.
Ireland’s incredible 2018, which began with their Grand Slam victory, will see them going into this year’s edition of the competition as the favourites to regain their crown, but Eddie Jones’ side would put a serious spanner in the works should they come out victorious on Saturday.
The stakes are unquestionably high for the two sides come Saturday and England’s head coach Eddie Jones had outlined that he would be dropping some “verbal grenades” on Schmidt’s Ireland in the build-up to the game.
It was, however, England’s defence coach John Mitchell who took the first shot in what will likely be an extremely exciting build-up to the game claiming that despite Ireland being “arguably the best team in the world”, they will try to win by “boring the shit out” of their opponents.
“Ireland are arguably the best in the world and, for me, are a side who – through their process being a well-coached side – are resilient and they will try to bore the sh*t out of us basically,” Mitchell told BBC Sport.
“Ultimately, it will come down to a small piece of possession when you’re not focused that can hurt you, in a contest like this.”
Mitchell, however, went on to explain that Ireland deserved all the accolades and honours they achieved throughout 2018, which included a historic victory over the All-Blacks.
“It’s our aim to win the Six Nations but first up is Ireland and arguably they are the best team in the world,” Mitchell said.
“If you’re going to play the best team in the world, you might as well get into them straight away.
“They’ve deserved all the honours that came their way in 2018. Having them first up makes the challenge even more exciting.
“It’s a challenge that you don’t over-think, instead you walk towards it and embrace it.
“It’s always been tough playing there, but it’s even harder now because they’re a well coached side. They’re very consistent and have a process they’re very confident in.”