Six Nations: Ireland win 2018 title after England's defeat to France

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While that will be the focus of the players, coaches, and supporters in the coming week, the performances so far do mean that Ireland have most likely already won the Six Nations title this year, meaning it'll be a fourth title in the last 10 years, and a fourth winner's medal for four members of the current squad - captain Rory Best, Cian Healy, Keith Earls, and Rob Kearney.

Ireland can't let itself be affected by possible distractions as it did a year ago when it lost to Scotland, captain Rory Best said on Friday.

Ireland piled maximum pressure on England ahead of the defending Six Nations champions' clash with France by collecting a bonus point in their 28-8 victory over Scotland. No one can catch us which is great.

Scotland have won just two games outside of Edinburgh and Rome since the tournament was expanded to six team the following year and opened the current campaign with a 34-7 hammering from Wales. "Ireland are so good in the contact, holding us up, getting over the ball so we've got to be physically ready for them".

Scotland has lost 16 of its last 18 away matches in the championship.

When asked if Ireland would employ a direct style against Scotland, Schmidt replied: "It's ironic you say that, because I'd probably challenge people to do a little bit more homework".

Ireland looked nervous, but Scotland failed to capitalise on several promising positions and Stockdale punished them when Garry Ringrose put him in for his sixth try of the tournament. We have to be clinical, really processed and driven in terms of what we want to go out and achieve.

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"But look, we're going to go into this weekend with the same approach that we did against England".

"We were obviously very good around the breakdown".

Any team which wins the Grand Slam (a 100 per cent record from all five games) will be awarded three bonus points.

Joe Schmidt strongly defended his attacking blueprint after recent criticism about Ireland's style of play.

"At the warm-up at Murrayfield we let things get away from us".

"He said that, from his perspective, he gets through more ice to nurse more bumps and bruises in games against Ireland and South Africa than any other nation we play".

"So for us it's about making sure we perform and play well, and get the result".