Conor Murray has admitted the Irish team are filled with a mix of anxiety and excitement heading into their crucial game with England on Saturday.
“England away especially is a huge task; there is a fear factor among players about going there. I have never won there and there are a lot of players in the squad who have never won there but we have come close.
“We performed well against them last year in the Six Nations, so there is a mix of fear but also quite a bit of excitement.”
He did however admit that getting a victory against Ireland’s oldest enemy is always tough, but one that the team mentally are always aware of.
“I know it’s going to be a big task, a huge task and a challenge. You’re going to have to play really, really well to have a chance of winning over there and I’m sure, if you ask any other player, it’s going to be the same for them.
“It’s England away, it’s highlighted a bit more, there’s a bit more hype about it and the players feel that too. You prepare accordingly also.”
Ireland take on England in Twickenham this Saturday in round 3 of the RBS 6 Nations.