England suffer Itoje blow as lock is diagnosed with medial ligament tear

Ireland v England – Guinness Six Nations – Aviva Stadium

Ireland v England – Guinness Six Nations – Aviva Stadium

A little bit of a struggle to get front-foot ball but at times I thought we weathered the storm and got back into it, but they stayed in the fight.

"There are a lot of guys hurting at the moment and they will be looking for a way back in and I think the only was back in is to roll our sleeves up, show that resilience mentally that we are going to be have to be able demonstrate next Saturday".

One of the major disappointments was the ineffective display of their world class half-back partnership of Sexton and scrum-half Conor Murray.

After a week on a Portuguese training field, here was the Jones blueprint in full flow on the biggest occasion, against the No2 side in the world and in a game which could set the tone not only for the Six Nations, but the entire World Cup year.

"Now that this has happened, we need to make sure we use it well, learn from it", he said. You can look at it that way and spin it that way if you like. You don't feel like that now because it's a loss and it's tough to take but we were off a little bit, probably physically to start things off, there's no science to it, we were just off it a little bit we didn't front up and just lost the collisions.

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"Physically we know we can be up at that level, but we were just off and we've got to sort that out".

"You'll always miss a player of his calibre, you'll take some strength out of your team, but we have very good and experienced players to come in".

"As a playing group we've got to be honest with ourselves and drive that as a team. I am a fully signed-up member of the low-key, respectful Schmidt approach every time and I qualify that by saying that what goes on behind closed doors at in-house meetings is very different to that dished out at PR-perfect press conferences for public consumption".

Itoje, who could return for England's final two matches against Italy and Scotland next month, was replaced by fellow Saracen Nick Isiekwe.

In terms of areas of weakness exposed by the English, Schmidt added: "We've worked incredibly hard to get to where we are without suddenly saying one game has completely undone us". We know there is another massive challenge ahead with Scotland and with the firepower they have we have to be 100pc.

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