Ireland will learn from 'collection of errors' against England, says James Ryan

Ed Elliot
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James Ryan tackles Ollie Lawrence - Getty Images
James Ryan tackles Ollie Lawrence - Getty Images

James Ryan, Ireland’s stand-in captain, is adamant his side will learn from the “collection of errors” which cost them dearly in the comprehensive defeat by England.

Andy Farrell’s side struggled to impose themselves on the clash at Twickenham and made a series of set-piece blunders in an 18-7 loss.

Leinster lock Ryan was selected to lead his country in the absence of the injured Johnny Sexton. While mistakes at the line-out contributed to the defeat, the 24-year-old has backed the team to take on board their shortcomings.

“Our set-piece let us down at times in crucial moments,” he said. “They scored off the back of some of those moments that we didn’t quite nail.

“It was just a collection of errors. It’s so important at this level to be accurate. It’s one big learning that we’ll take.

“It was just little inaccuracies that gave them points. But we’ll take loads from that and I’ve no doubt that we’re going to keep building.

“It’s no one person’s fault. Collectively we need to be more accurate in those pressure moments. We’ll have a look at ourselves next week.”

Ireland have now been convincingly beaten on each of their past four meetings with Eddie Jones’ World Cup finalists. Two of those defeats, in addition to a loss to France, have come in the seven matches since Farrell replaced Joe Schmidt after last year’s World Cup.

“Look, this is a new group, new coaching staff,” Ryan added.

“How many players have made their debuts over the last few weeks? It’s a new chapter for us.

“England, in terms of where they are at, they’ve been together a lot longer. I’ve no doubt that the gap’s closing there. We just need to keep growing now. We’ll get so much from games like this as a group.”