Joe Schmidt with some reaction after Ireland defeat Italy

Six Nations 2018 rivals England and Ireland

GETTYEngland and Ireland look set to fight the Six Nations title right down to the line

Schmidt's men will now host Wales and Scotland, before taking on England at Twickenham in a potential title-decider.

Johnny Sexton celebrates with Bundee Aki.

Ireland moved to the top of the NatWest 6 Nations Championship table on points difference from England after their eight-try thumping of Italy in Dublin. "Robbie Henshaw's doesn't look good at all, and he and Tadhg Furlong are big losses to the team".

Six years after collecting the most recent of his 20 caps, the 32-year-old fly-half has been recalled to replace teenager Matthieu Jalibert, who suffered a knee injury in France's 15-13 loss to Ireland.

After the match, Opta Facts provided everything that you need to know about Ireland's round two win over Italy.

Schmidt's players with gather in Athlone next week.

Their bonus point 56-19 win over Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night, which has given them a slender two point advantage over England, who saw off Wales yesterday.

"Wales will be a whole different scenario", said Schmidt. "They are very attacking as a defensive side and they squeeze you and force errors".

"They have guys who are quick and turn things around very quickly, the likes of Gareth Davies getting that intercept [against Scotland] and Steff Evans on the edges".

"Personally, for me having played against them both it was more hard against Ireland", said Parisse.

Bernard Jackman says Ireland hasn't got the "freak individuals" to score tries out of nothing, which is why head coach Joe Schmidt takes a safety-first approach. We'll have an update hopefully later once he's had that scan.

"We've had one draw with Wales post-World Cup, when I felt we had to start again and build again".

Ireland's confidence is growing.

"If you ask me now, will Ireland win [against England]?"

Italy has never won in Round 2 of the Six Nations, losing all 19 such games.

"We will check him out tomorrow, that will give us a better picture, but we'd be hopeful that he would still be okay in two weeks' time". "He could be another option if Robbie Henshaw is unavailable, as we suspect he potentially will be".

"We probably had a couple of knock-backs injury-wise today".

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