On Sunday, Ireland could be crowned Six Nations champions but Joe Schmidt, the coach does not like to think about that.
If at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland win against Scotland. It would leave England needing to at least match that result when they face France in Paris later in the day. In 5-years, the possibility of a third title and the championship wrapped up before a potentially tricky visit to Twickenham seems like an enjoyable daydream but not for Schmidt.
He said: “If you allow yourself to dream it’s not proactive time. It’s a nice time and it would be fantastic but it’s just not productive and it’s even less productive knowing the form Scotland are in and the confidence they bring.”
“People think Gregor is a bit of a maverick player and that he’s a high risk-taker. Gregor is incredibly methodical and very well planned and he knows exactly what he is doing. So it would be naive to think that suddenly he’s given everybody this massive licence to do whatever they like. There is a method to any madness that happens.
“I don’t think you can say that ‘this is the package Gregor Townsend brings’ because he is too intelligent to bring a package that’s predictable. We’ve got to be prepared for whatever they bring.”
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