Gordon D’Arcy: Ireland must be smarter as they stand up to England’s bullies

James Ryan’s captaincy faces a baptism of fire - his side must box clever in London

Leinster second-row James Ryan speaks to the media ahead of captaining Ireland against England in Twickenham due to the absence of regular team skipper Johnny Sexton through injury. Video: VOTN

The only way to deal with bullies is to stand up to them. Frustrate them. Take away their main weapon, intimidation.

Pablo Matera knows what I am on about. If Ireland need extra inspiration going to Twickenham - and we rarely do - then Pablo is our man.

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