Ireland were crowned Six Nations champions on Saturday with a match to spare after England lost 22-16 to France. The players have worked hard to get a medal for Josh, the players have worked hard to get a medal for Robbie (Henshaw) and for Chris (Farrell).
Head coach Schmidt insists Ireland's current squad has stars to merit the same company as greats like Brian O'Driscoll or Paul O'Connell, who tasted Grand Slam success nine years ago. With an terrible record away from home, the Scots' own championship bid was nearly inevitably squashed by an Irish side which owns the visitors in Dublin, where Scotland has won only once in 20 years. "If the game continues to be refereed like this, the World Cup is going to be very contestable at the breakdown. I think we've always had that problem, we've always been aware of it and these games have exposed it".
"Whenever you put yourself in the position to win everything in the Six Nations it becomes massive, but the key for us it approach it as we do every game. It was a bit weird winning the title with a week left, but there's a hunger in this playing group, coaching group, everyone involved, that we want to go one more".
"You are not going to beat any top-10 team in the world with a statistic like that, especially away from home". We've got to pick them up to play well against Ireland.
"I hope it is the former and that a few more strong words from Jones and some serious soul-searching will act as a corrective".
"Our defence was remarkable".
If you go through the replay footage of the game you can see how many times England get this wrong, how many times players are too late to identify the role they should be playing in or around the breakdown; how many times individual players are left to try to do nearly impossible clearing jobs in isolation.
England surrendered the crown they have held for the past two years with a second successive defeat, a fortnight after falling to Scotland. "We've been criticised a lot but we believe in the team".
A second-half penalty try, awarded when Anthony Watson was penalised for a high tackle on Benjamin Fall and yellow-carded, gave France the edge after a dire first 40 had ended with the score level at 9-9.
Abigail Dow scored England's opening converted try before Tremouliere crossed for an unconverted score just after the half hour mark.
Ireland are ten points ahead of England with a healthy points difference advantage over the old enemy. Is Ben Te'o really England's equivalent of Sonny Bill Williams?
However, Tremouliere finished off a fantastic performance with the crucial score, touching down in the 79th minute to claim a stunning win for Les Bleues.
Sure, they'll enjoy tonight's celebrations but Ireland's eye now turns to the ultimate prize.