On your marks: Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in their decisive tie against England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gerry Thornley says visitors will be more creative but home advantage favours Ireland

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says he expects support against England to be close to level of New Zealand match in 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Ireland coach played down talk of one-dimensionsal gameplan

Putting it on the line: Ireland’s Keith Wood powers over for a  try against England in their 2001 Six Nations match. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Six Nations clashes with the ‘auld enemy’ are always epic battles where winner takes all

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks to his team before the Six Nations game against France. The only change to the side that won that game is  because of injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Irish changes set to be minimal while Jack Nowell and Alex Goode to come into England back three

Ireland hooker Rory Best at lineout training ahead of Sunday’s match against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cian Healy ‘in great shape’ and pushing for starting spot ahead of forwards showdown

Peter O’Mahony: the forward is yet to taste success aginst England at senior level.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Flanker is unconcerned about a perceived lack of entertainment on the pitch

 Jordi Murphy replaced Jamie Heaslip as number eight in Ireland’s first Six Nations game of the year against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster forward to remain in camp with Jordi Murphy likely to step in against England

The opening wins away to Wales and at home to Italy have heightened belief among England fans that, as in 2003, this year’s championship will serve as another Grand Slam en route to the World Cup.

Irish clubs cash in to facilitate up to 15,000 supporters travelling in buoyant mood

Rhapsody in blue: Brian O’Driscoll was often the prime exponent of offloads in Schmidt’s teams. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Try-scoring troubles show the difference between club and Test level

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