Jacob Stockdale believes he is a better player than he was when he experienced his record-setting 2018 season.

The Ulster wing played a starring role in Ireland's grand slam campaign two years ago, scoring seven tries in six games - a record for the most tries in a Six Nations championship to date.

He would score four international tries in 2019 but only two came in the Six Nations against Scotland and Italy in a more muted campaign individually and collectively.

While he has yet to notch a try in Ireland's first two fixtures of this year's tournament, the 23-year-old believes he is a superior player overall in comparison to the 2018 version of himself.

"I think, to be honest, I am playing better rugby than I was in 2018," said Stockdale.

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"I'm enjoying myself a lot more and I am a lot more solid defensively.

"I feel like I'm getting my hands on the ball a lot more than I did in the 2018 Six Nations.

"It just happens to be that the tries aren't coming my way and as a winger, every winger knows that they are going to experience dry spots, times where passes don't get thrown to you and you don't get those kind of walk-ins that as a winger you have to feed off every now and again to get those tries.

"But I'm really happy with where my game is at and I'm really enjoying my rugby and hopefully a couple of tries will come my way in the next couple of weeks."

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