Wilkinson rates ODrisoll - DArcy partnership as Worsley looks forward to Croke Park experience
Returning England rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson says theres no better game-breaker in world rugby than Ireland captain Brian ODriscoll.
The in-form fly-half was talking about the threat of the Irish midfield ahead of Englands Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin - where ODriscoll will once again form a lethal double act with Gordon DArcy.
"Everyone knows about Brian ODriscoll - there isnt a better game-breaker in world rugby. You know, youve seen it on (British and Irish) Lions tours, youve seen the disappointment of losing him during a Lions tour. Hes the sort of guy that has that X-factor, him and (Gordon) DArcy, where you really never feel that you have got him covered. Thats the job for (our) defence, to make sure that you do as good a job as you can to give whoever is defending (against) those guys the best chance of making good, offensive tackles. But, at the end of the day, it looked like France had them in fairly good shape and they still ran through, So, great players and guys again from Lions tours that you know and have great respect for. Theyre also guys that just enjoy their rugby. They play the game the way it is supposed to played."
SUPERCAPTION: Jonny Wilkinson, England fly-half.
History, too, as England and flanker Joe Worsley are set to play their first match at Croke Park, the traditional home of Gaelic sports.
"Yeah, when I heard - about a year ago or sometime last year - that this game was going to be at Croke Park, it just heightened my desire to be part of it. I knew a little about the history of Croke Park and it is such an honour to get to play there. Its a unique event, it might never happen again so Im really excited about it."
SUPERCAPTION: Joe Worsley, England flanker.
Unbeaten so far this season, Brian Ashtons England head to the unfamiliar ground in Dublin having last beaten Ireland back in 2003.