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rallying cry 'The English have bullied us' - Mick Galwey urges Ireland to stand up in the Six Nations


Ireland coach Andy Farrell

Ireland coach Andy Farrell

Ireland coach Andy Farrell

Mick Galwey believes Andy Farrell's Ireland players need to stand up to England if they get the chance to taken them on a Six Nations decider in Dublin.

Tournament favourites England are due to play Ireland in the final round of Six Nations matches, with Sunday World columnist Galwey in feisty mood as he made an appearance on Paddy Power's From The Horse's Mouth podcast.

Galwey believes the addition of former captain Paul O'Connell to the Irish coaching set-up will put some fire in the belly of Ireland as they prepare for a Six Nations opener against Wales next Sunday, as he suggested a last day decider against the English could beckon.

"I think we need to get to the next level again, and when I say that the English have bullied us the last couple of years," said Mick.

"It's not an easy thing to say, but I think the players themselves have realised that. They're not better players than us but they've been more physical than us and they've bullied us, basically.

"I'm not just saying this but having Paul O'Connell back in there I think is going to change the temperament. He's going to bring something to the table that maybe the likes of James Ryan and these fellows haven't seen before in an Irish dressing room. Because you need to have the passion and the bit between your teeth.

"You need the bit of the bejesus, that’s the X factor. You can be as fit and skilful and have all those attributes that you need to be a professional sportsperson, but you need to have that little bit of an X factor.

"That's what this Irish team needs. They need to get a bit of the heart and a bit of the aggression.

"Of course, that doesn't work unless you bring the discipline of playing the game on top of that.

"I know it's a bit of a contradiction you can be aggressive and play on the line, and that's what England have done.

"That's why they got to the rugby World Cup. That's why they have been beating teams and that's why they've been beating us the last three years, and we need to change that.

"I think we can beat France at home. We'll certainly beat Wales; Wales seems to be in a mess at the moment. We'll beat Italy. We should beat Scotland.

"We need to beat England and to do that we need to meet fire with fire.

Read Mick Galwey's columns on throughout the Six Nations in the Sunday World.

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