WORLD CUP 2015: No alarm bells ringing for Ireland insists Paul O’Connell

Ireland's Paul O'Connell leads his team off after defeat to England
Ireland's Paul O'Connell leads his team off after defeat to England

England captain Chris Robshaw believes there is still room for improvement despite the 21-13 World Cup warm-up victory over Ireland at Twickenham.

“It was a great final dress rehearsal,” Robshaw said, with the first match of the tournament against Fiji on September 18.

“We were not quite clinical enough. The second half we came out of the blocks pretty slow.

“But overall we are pretty pleased.

“We know Ireland are a very good side. There are areas to work on but we are in a much better place than we were two weeks ago.”

Robshaw was referring to the 25-20 defeat to France on August 22. The win over Ireland means England do not go into the World Cup on the back of two defeats.

Ireland, however, do and captain Paul O’Connell told Sky Sports 1: “We started very poorly. I’m not saying alarm bells will be ringing but we are very disappointed.”

England coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It was important to get the win and we got a win against a good team. It was a really important game for us to win. We were really disappointed in France.”