Boring, boring Ireland.

Not only does it not have a certain ring, it doesn't even ring true.

As grenades go, John Mitchell's projectile was a dud, barely amusing the press and the fans, failing to explode upon landing in the Ireland camp, and rolling to a standstill in front of a bemused Joe Schmidt.

The England defence coach wasn't in situ when Ireland beat England last year in Twickenham to claim the Grand Slam but if he's had the chance to see a replay he may have picked up three different type of scores as Ireland produced a high-class coup de grâce in London.

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A Garryowen, an intricate backs and forwards move and a kick and chase won the game in March.

The last Ireland v England try before those was a lineout maul that ended with Iain Henderson barging over the line for the winning score in 2017.

Ireland are far from a one-trick pony.

"I heard the boring comment, I heard the Bat Phone comment [Johnny Sexton's direct line to referees]," Schmidt said after naming Robbie Henshaw at full-back in his team to face England on Saturday.

"It doesn't distract me because it's not immediately relevant to what we're doing.

'I've known Mitch for a long time. It will be good to catch up with him and then the banter can be face-to-face if there's something that needs to be said, it will be said, and it will be said with a light-hearted repartee.

"I don't think for a minute [the game] will be boring. It will be exhilarating and edge of the seat. I don't think there will be a huge amount between the teams. People are going to be entertained.

"People have different approaches. It's incredibly important to respect your opponents and to acknowledge what abilities they bring."

"And in the Aviva, the entertainment is partially provided by those outside the pitch.

"We know we'll have a big crowd who will be supportive and respectful of our team and our opponents."

Eddie Jones had named his XV just before the home side's press conference and as usual, the Ireland boss was across his brief and said he was not surprised by any of the selections.

Schmidt, who will step down after the World Cup, said: "George Kruis is there [at lock] because he a real intellect at the lineout.

"For Courtney Lawes to be forced to the bench that's a big vote of confidence for George Kruis.

"Mark Wilson [at flanker] went really well for them in November so there's no surprise there. Tom Curry [flanker] has gone really well, he's a young kid but we've had some young kids come in in the last Six Nations and do really well.

"When those young players get that vote of confidence they often respond and repay it.

"In the last quarter, an absolute class out-half in George Ford is likely to come in and maybe they'll push Owen [Farrell] out and start to expand their game a little bit.

"It allows them to play in whatever manner they chose. We've going to have to be up for that challenge.

"From one to 23 they've got a very strong squad."

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