Ireland clinches Six Nations title

Lisa Martin kicks the ball for Scotland women

Lisa Martin played in the first of Scotland women's two Six Nations matches

Writing on the Sport 360 website, Niall McCague said: "What makes Schmidt great is his high standards and attention to detail - a reductive phrase - but one that elevates his players to such a meteoric level".

Saturday's reverse in Paris came immediately after England's 25-13 defeat by Scotland and meant they had lost back-to-back matches under Jones for the first time since he took charge after the team's first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.

The Grand Slam is on for Ireland on St Patrick's Day.

Ireland has only ever won two Grand Slams - in 1948 and 2009 - and Schmidt is being credited with developing unprecedented depth in Ireland's test ranks. That's how I feel and that's how I see it.

Jones said that "some teams are outplaying us in certain areas". But I remember some of the talks that were made around those times, the Paul O'Connells, the Brian O'Driscolls, the Ronan O'Garas, who were trying to achieve this for ten years.

"It's very similar to that know".

"I don't think this spell was inevitable, but I think it's normal".

Schmidt took over a demoralised Irish side after the 2013 Six Nations but then guided the Irish to back to back titles in 2014/15.

"We're about 2 or 3 per cent from where we needed to be today", he added. If you think this is abnormal, I think that thinking is abnormal.

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"I remember playing Scotland in Croke Park for a Triple Crown and nearly taking it for granted because I thought, "A Triple Crown, I'll have plenty of more opportunities for this". They are an global side picking their players from four provinces - in a country where rugby is the fourth-most popular field sport behind Gaelic, Hurling and Football.

McCague said Schmidt had "transformed good players into inspirational figures". At this stage of the championship you are always a little bit tired.

"I'm anxious about the breakdown, we've got to sort the breakdown out and find ways of getting quick ball", said Jones.

"We're all aware of what it is, and what could potentially come at the end of it, but I think what this group is really good at is focusing on what we need to do, and it's effectively just another game-week".

"Whenever you put yourself in the position to win everything in the Six Nations it becomes massive, but the key for us it approach it as we do every game".

"We've tried to improve our performances week on week and its going to have to be the same again".

The victory was France's second after they saw off Italy last week to break a losing streak going back 11 months.

Ireland are more accustomed to the role of Slam-busters and now the tables have turned.

Another missed Sexton penalty raised questions over Ireland's decision to go for the posts rather than touch with 15 minutes left, but replacement Cronin crossed after a driving maul to further focus English minds in Paris and keep their Grand Slam hopes alive.

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