Gordon D’Arcy: Ireland must survive early English onslaught

This game is already decided. One of the camps has already struck the right chord

 Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn tackled by Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony. I’m confident this Irish group – under the leadership of Rory Best, Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney, CJ Stander and O’Mahony – understand what needs to be done. Photograph: Óisin Keniry/Inpho

Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn tackled by Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony. I’m confident this Irish group – under the leadership of Rory Best, Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney, CJ Stander and O’Mahony – understand what needs to be done. Photograph: Óisin Keniry/Inpho

The discussions that will define Saturday have already happened in Carton House and Pennyhill Park. One of the bubbles will burst.

My concerns about completing a Grand Slam at Twickenham: Leinster never came close to winning those Pro12 finals a week after conquering Europe. This is slightly different as the Slam is more important then a Six Nations title but it remains uncharted territory.

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