'England are No 1, on top of their game'

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"It was a must-win game for us. It was all about winning. The ramifications of not winning were huge. It would have been a tough year for us all. I'm delighted with this set of players. They're the toughest guys I have ever been involved with. I couldn't have put more pressure on the team today if I had tried."
Clive Woodward, the England coach

"It was a must-win game for us. It was all about winning. The ramifications of not winning were huge. It would have been a tough year for us all. I'm delighted with this set of players. They're the toughest guys I have ever been involved with. I couldn't have put more pressure on the team today if I had tried."
Clive Woodward, the England coach

"If we had lost today, it would have been horrible, a nightmare, but we've come away from home against the form team in the championships and had a great victory. It is good for the team to have won a big pressure game. Winning the Grand Slam is a great achievement, and it is certainly a lot better when you win it. It was pretty fast and pretty open. The game was fast and loose, which suits us."
Martin Johnson, the England captain

"We took a step forward today. We faced a very strong, world-class Ireland side."
Jonny Wilkinson

"All credit to our boys, but the best team won. They are the No 1 team in the world and they are right on top of their game. They defended very well, and in the second half strangled us up front and struck at critical moments. Tindall's try, especially, was a stake in the heart. They have seen everyone off in the autumn and seen everyone off in the spring. With that sort of form they must be favourites for the World Cup."
Eddie O'Sullivan, Ireland coach

"We gave everything we had and tried hard, but they proved why they are the No 1 side in the world. It was end-to-end stuff and we were struggling at first with the tempo. It was the quickest I've played in the Six Nations. Their scrambling defence was excellent. It is one of their great strengths."
Brian O'Driscoll, the Ireland captain

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