Ireland rugby team given heroes welcome at Dublin Airport


"We have to get a greater depth to our squad, and a depth who can play Test rugby".

There are some guys who are starting their global careers and they need time.

"I didn't hear it".

"I'll listen to it on the replay and it will put me to sleep tonight".

Hansen, who is off contract with New Zealand Rugby after 2019, has told the BBC he has no interest in succeeding Jones in the England job after the next World Cup.

While supporters were unable to show up to show their admiration for the team, the players were still greeted with strong reception from the Dublin Airport staff after they landing back in Ireland this afternoon.

TAKING the positives from a defeat is the standard post-match mantra of the modern sporting coach, but Eddie Jones was surely stretching credulity when he vowed England would be better for their worst Six Nations performance in 35 years.

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"We're really happy with today".

"The defence was vast, we had to really fight our way out of the 22, there was a heck of a lot of character shown". In terms of results we have, but in terms of where we want to go as a team, we are moving forward.

"In these three games we've learned about ourselves, about the team, about how we go about our game, and it's part of the process of being a better team", Jones told reporters. I can't control what you say, what the crowd does. We just struggled to execute at certain times.

The New Zealander was especially pleased Saturday by a defensive effort masterminded by defence coach Andy Farrell - the father of England fly-half Owen.

"All we can do now is think, OK, this has happened, but any team at some point is going to come unstuck or hit a tough spot". What matters to us is the rugby.

We have spoken about leadership density - having more leaders on the field - and that is something that is a slow burner, you have got to build that, you have got to keep working on it.