Peter O'Mahony insists Ireland can still beat any team on their day. November's historic win over the All Blacks elevated Irish rugby to a new level, but Joe Schmidt's men have struggled to show that in the Six Nations.
The St Patrick's weekend visit of England was billed as a potential Grand Slam showdown or at least a Six Nations title decider. Frustrating defeats in Edinburgh and Cardiff means Joe Schmidt's men are instead fighting with France, Scotland and Wales for the runners up spot. In fact, defeat to the 'auld enemy' at the Aviva Stadium this weekend could see Ireland finish second from bottom.
England make the trip to Dublin having already secured the title. Now they are aiming to capture the Grand Slam for the second year running and set a new record for a Tier 1 nation of 19 wins in a row.
Denied the Grand Slam by Ireland in 2001 and 2011, England are expecting their opponents to try and spoil the party once again. Peter O'Mahony says that is not his motivation. The Munster captain wants Ireland to finish the tournament on a positive note, beating England by recapturing the form they showed in Chicago.
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