â00No doubt about it, theyâ00re playing silly buggers. Thatâ00s my calm assessment of it. Iâ00ll be amazed if Jonny doesnâ00t play and Iâ00m also surprised that England are playing silly buggers.
"If I had an out-half like Jonny Wilkinson - and I do - and he had a tight hamstring, the last people I would tell is the media.
"This week, Brian Oâ00Driscoll and Peter Stringer were big calls for us and we didnâ00t know until Thursday morning and the media were next to know. Itâ00s a bit of a sidebar before the game, I guess, and provides the press with a few inches but as far as Iâ00m concerned, itâ00s nonsense.â0
ON THE GAME ITSELF -
"Itâ00s going to be a phenomenal sporting occasion. What Iâ00d love to see is everybody wearing green and getting as noisy as they can. Weâ00ve often played in these big stadiums and the unfortunate thing for us is that the opposition have been at home. Now, itâ00s a great opportunity for us."
ON THE HYPE SURROUNDING THE GAME -
"Itâ00s all about what happens inside the white lines for eighty minutes. My job is to get the players focused on their job which is basically to play a Test game â00 once the whistle is blown, all those things wonâ00t matter â00 itâ00s about getting a big performance, being accurate and getting a result which we almost got the last day.
â00We canâ00t afford any more blips. If we win on Saturday weâ00re right back in the hunt for the Triple Crown and possibly the championship, and thatâ00s all you can deal with, the here and now."
ON GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START -
"I still feel there's an element of our game that has been in darkness for a while. We start games badly, not just at Croke Park, but we do it in Auckland and Hamilton. We do it in Cardiff and did it in Twickenham last year.
"Saturday's game will be a huge occasion and we have to accept that but we can't let it get in the way of the job.
"We had our routine at Lansdowne Road that we were comfortable with. In fact, when you think about it, we have been to Twickenham more than we have Croke Park.
"The fellas get routines in their head, get comfortable with their surroundings. I like to think on Saturday we will be settled in more. At this level it is the top four inches that are the most important part. It's mental errors that can hurt you. If you flinch for a second, you can get caught."