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Brian Smith: England are ruthlessly efficient, but Ireland and Brian O’Driscoll deserve to take Six Nations honours

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Jamie Roberts: We fell well short against England – thankfully Ryan Giggs was in the dressing room to help us deal with a really low moment

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