The official Gloucester website rounds up all of the latest news from the England camp, including a possible start for Andy Hazell and all the thoughts from the players.
Gloucester's Andy Hazell could still make the starting line-up for England on Sunday against Ireland as there is a doubt over Lewis Moody's involvement.
Leicester's Moody has an infection in his finger and is receiving treatment for it this week. Sale's Chris Jones has already been brought in as possible cover on the bench, and coach Andy Robinson has revealed that Hazell could come into the team should Moody be ruled out.
The official website also rounds up all of the latest comments from those in the England camp.
Andy Robinson (Head Coach)
"The mood is really good and very focused. Everybody is disappointed with what has happened and the criticism that has been leveled but it's down to us and our responsibility.
"There is a belief in the team that we can go to Ireland and win. We are not going there to make up the numbers - we are going there to get in their faces and to play. We are not going there to sit and watch Ireland play and be the bridesmaids, we are going there to attack them. That's what we did in the first half against France and it's about us putting an 80-minute game together.
"Charlie will be the No 1 goal-kicker and his state of mind is very good. We were all disappointed that we lost the France game in the circumstances that we did but he responded well last week with his goal-kicking for Sale and he'll be our first-choice goal kicker this weekend.
"[On Matt Stevens] Matt has been involved in the squad for the last year and has spent a lot of time with us. He has performed very well in the training sessions and when he has been on the bench. He understands fully our defensive systems and the line-out calls. He showed against Wasps how well he can do on the tight-head."
Matt Stevens (Bath Rugby)
"[On playing tight-head] I have played the last three games at loose-head because David Barnes broke his arm but I am a tight-head first and foremost. With being able to play both sides, you get a greater depth of knowledge of both positions and when you play against another loose-head or tight-head you know what it feels like in that position.
"[On playing Ireland in Dublin] It's a very big game for England and all the boys are under a lot of pressure but I am sure with the calibre of players we have got we are going to rise to it. I have played against Reggie Corrigan quite a bit and have done quite well. You only get experience from playing and I am going to take the chance with both hands and play as well as I can. I am looking forward to this game immensely."
Ben Kay (Leicester Tigers)
"[On playing Ireland] It's the greatest feeling in the world to play for England and what bigger game than this weekend away in Dublin with them up for the Grand Slam. They have been in the position we are in before and have ruined a fair few of our parties and now it's our chance to do it back.
"[On leading the pack] I find I am learning every game and I will certainly be looking to put what went wrong against Wales and France right this week. There are a lot of experienced guys in the pack but occasionally there is a bit of hesitancy and that is what we have tried to eradicate this week. It's the forwards role to get some momentum going because when we are on the front foot Charlie (Hodgson) will do the business. He has been criticized a bit for what happened against France but the forwards have got to take a bit of that criticism as well because we weren't playing on the front foot."
Andy Goode (Leicester Tigers)
"[On being in the squad] It's always been an ambition of mine to play international rugby and I've taken another step being in the 22. I am looking forward to hopefully getting on and showing what I can do.
"Playing at Leicester and being coached by Pat Howard has definitely helped. He has been the biggest influence on my career. It's just exciting to be involved with England and a lot of it is down to Pat and everything that has gone on at Leicester this year.
"I am fully 100 per cent behind Charlie. He got a bit of stick about his goalkicking against France but he is a fantastic kicker and I am sure he will bounce back this week.
"[On playing Ireland] They have been announced as favourites for the game and we are under no illusions - it's going to be a tough game but it's one we feel we can definitely win."
Ollie Smith (Leicester Tigers)
"[On being in the squad] I have obviously been involved with the squad of 30 over the last couple of weeks and then sent home on the Wednesday. Now to finally make the bench is brilliant. They have obviously recognised myself and Andy Goode's performances for Leicester and England A and have given us the opportunity this weekend. It's good to get closer to that starting spot and hopefully I'll get on for a few minutes. I started against France in Marseilles pre-World Cup but this is a different kettle of fish.
"I know the last two games have not gone very well but we have only lost by a couple of points. Training has gone well this week and hopefully that will pay off in the game.
"[On the Irish midfield] O'Driscoll and Horgan both play for Leinster so they know each other inside out. Horgan can switch between centre and wing and everybody knows what a quality player O'Driscoll so it will be a tough challenge for us."
Duncan Bell (Bath Rugby)
"[On being in the squad] Two weeks ago I never thought I would be in this situation. It's taken a couple of injuries (to Phil Vickery and Julian White) but sport is about taking your opportunities. Hopefully I'll get one on Sunday and prove I am worth it. Playing for the A team at Bath was a good experience (he was man of the man of the match). It was good to be involved in the international set-up, to meet some of the coaches and the back-room staff. It's very fresh in the memory and two weeks later here I am.
"We are planning to go out there and win the game. We have been criticized as a squad and we want to put those comments to bed. You feel the pressure coming into a squad with so many world class professionals around. If we gel as a team we know we can play well."
Steve Thompson (Northampton Saints)
"[On regaining the winning habit] We have to go out and show that we can win games and we can perform. You always want to show people are wrong and the criticism fires you up even more. We have to look at ourselves but we know that we can perform as a team. We know we have messed up in the last few minutes of each match and lost the game and that's hard because we could have been looking at us going to Ireland for a Grand Slam. But we know we can go there and give Ireland a good game.
"[On the line-out] There are a couple of game where the line-outs haven't gone well and it's been put down as my fault in the press but there are a lot of other things that went well so I will just keep positive and moving forward."
Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks)
"[On bouncing back against Ireland] I felt I was striking the ball well against France but it was just a question of the radar not being good and me not reading the wind very well.
The best thing for me was to go out and kick well for Sale last Friday night and I felt I did. I haven't actually read the press and what people have been saying about me. I am disappointed in myself in that I didn't actually kick those goals. I don't need people to rub it in, to tell me I didn't do this or that, because I know it myself and I know I can put it right."
Jamie Noon (Newcastle Falcons)
"[On facing Brian O'Driscoll] I have played against O'Driscoll twice before, once in the Heineken Cup and once when he played for the Barbarians against England at Twickenham last summer.
"It's not so much about an individual's defence, me against him, it's more about the way the team perform defensively.
"It's a bit like when you play against Jason Robinson, he is very effective in attack and you have to defend together. If our defence is clever and street-wise and works well together then we should perform well. There are people inside and outside me and we have got to make sure we are all in the right positions so that if he steps me then someone else is making the tackle.
"[On his own form] I had a lot of doubters after we played Wales and it's always hard when people don't agree with the selection. I was happier with the way I played against France and took one step closer to proving what I am about.
"[On playing Ireland] It's going to be a tough task. They are in form and we are probably not in the best form of our lives but as a team I feel we are definitely getting there. There has definitely been more cohesion in the camp this week.
"We are definitely up against it but this is why we play the game, to challenge ourselves. It takes a long time to get to this position and a lot of sacrifices have to be made and you want to test yourself and perform against the best opposition in the world. Ireland are currently higher than us in the world rankings and have got some of the best players in the world.
We lost the last game ourselves. We had won the game in the first half and I couldn't see France scoring a try or where they were going. But the way we performed, especially discipline-wise, let them in. That is an issue we need to eradicate for this weekend and the future."
Olly Barkley (Bath Rugby)
"[On his fitness] Over the last few days I have been trying to get my calf right. I did a fitness test this morning (Wednesday) and then trained with the guys.
"[On playing at Lansdowne Road] From what I have been told the noise and the passion is awesome and I will be taking all that in. A couple of years ago I used to get overawed by big crowds but now it is motivating for me.
"[On Andy Goode's selection] Andy Goode's inclusion s testament to how well he has been playing. He is a fantastic goal-kicker and on Saturday he kicked 13 from 13 against Newcastle but I think other areas of his game have been overlooked. He distributes and runs well and I think his inclusion is well deserved."
Graham Rowntree (Leicester Tigers)
"[On the mood within the squad] Frustration is the name of our game at the moment, at not winning and closing games out. To do that you have to be confident in what you are doing and there is a real energy and desire within the squad at the moment to do well. I think we have shown enough in patches what we are capable of and I would love to stop Ireland's Grand Slam.
"Ireland and Wales have been sneaking up behind England for a couple of years. Wales should have beaten us in the World Cup quarter-final when they outscored us three tries to one but they didn't have a kicker. But I am not going to Lansdowne Road with any fear and what better occasion to do the business.
"There have been a lot of little things that we have had to work on but if you keep plugging away at things then eventually they will come. We have not been playing badly or been beaten up by teams - we have only been losing by a couple of points.
"[On Matt Stevens] I haven't played against Matt but I have been impressed by the energy with which he goes about his business. If you look at any other country they would have thrown him in there without a doubt but because we have got quite a lot of strength at prop in England he has had to wait. He is more than capable of doing a job and there is always that comfort that Duncan Bell is on the bench."
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Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
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