It says something about how bad Ireland's 2019 season was that the record 57-15 defeat in Twickenham was not the lowest point of the year.

There are a few games that lay claim to that crown. 

Defeats in Japan to the hosts and to New Zealand, and the Six Nations losses to England and Wales are all up there. 

And while the August drubbing came in a World Cup warm-up game, it was called "flat, slow, inaccurate" and "unacceptable" by then coach Joe Schmidt. He wasn't wrong.

Fourteen of the 23-man squad that shipped eight tries that day are likely to be involved in Sunday's Guinness Six Nations round three clash in London, with Ireland bringing a two-game wining streak to the table.

There's no real comparison with a championship game but for any Ireland team, losing to the Red Rose by 42 points has to hurt.

"We use a few clips as any team would do, but [it's] not real motivation," said new head coach Andy Farrell in response to a question about the mauling.

"It was a warm-up game that was two teams of different levels.

"We had come away from a training camp in Portugal, really hadn't done any type of contact work whatsoever during that week so it was probably at different levels which every team is during a pre-season warm-up game.

"It still stung. The performance from England was excellent and we know what they're capable of, so we don't look too much into that.

"Probably the [32-20 defeat] at the start of the last Six Nations was more of a fairer balance of where they were at as a team.

"Again, they started really well, fast and explosive, used an attacking kicking game to great effect, pinned us into the corners and tried to hit us on the counter. I suppose there will be a bit of that on the weekend as well."

Conor Murray, who played the first half of the game in Twickenham last summer, also reflected on the double whammy of defeats last year.

"[They were] two very different types of games," said the 30-year-old Munster scrum-half. 

"We have looked at them and taken away a bit, especially the Six Nations game.

"We have touched on that a bit this week - a lot of the same players and similar ways of playing.

"[As for] the summer game, that was a strange one, if I am honest. A lot went wrong and you would think that the chances of that happening again are quite slim."

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