WATCH: England Come Up With Peculiar Training Method For Dealing With Ireland’s Kicks

Aerial battle.

A key area for Ireland has always been their kicking game. Conor Murray is arguably the best box-kicker the game right now, while World Player of the Year Johnny Sexton’s kicking game out of hand is up there with the very best.

The last time England took on Ireland at last year’s Six Nations – Jones’ men were unable to deal with Ireland’s aerial ‘bombs’ from the get go. A Sexton kick sent skyward inside the opening 6 minutes wasn’t dealt with by Anthony Watson, and Ireland had their first try.

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And it appears England have adopted some rather peculiar training methods this year in a bid to avoid a repeat this weekend at the Aviva Stadium. A clip posted by England Rugby on Twitter sees one of their coaches using a pool noodle, to replicate what – we’re not entirely sure.

A distraction perhaps? Not quite the same as having a 6ft 3in, 16 stone Jacob Stockdale running at you.