Ireland are working hard to develop different gameplans to deal with any challenge put in their path, according to defence coach Les Kiss.
The early RBS 6 Nations pace-setters have already overcome two distinct challenges to lead the table ahead of Wales on points difference.
Head coach Declan Kidney’s charges overcame the attacking flair of France at Croke Park before outclassing a physical Italy in Rome last Sunday.
Next up is a resurgent England side at Croke Park but Kiss aims to be ready for whatever Martin Johnson’s team has to throw at them.
“We have different styles of gameplan,” Kiss told Irish Rugby TV.
“Probably the key thing we did against Italy is we went hard at the breakdown and that’s one of the things that we’ve focussed on since then, to make sure we try to create the type of ball we want to play with, and Italy posed us a different challenge there.
“Going forward each team is going to pose us different challenges and I think Declan’s alluded to the fact that we have the type of game that’s flexible and can be adapted to the demands of each game. That’s just a challenge we have to overcome each game.”
Jamie Heaslip, Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy ran in tries to seal a 30-21 triumph over France in the opening round of this year’s Championship.
Two tries from Luke Fitzgerald plus scores from Tommy Bowe, David Wallace and O'Driscoll then confirmed Ireland’s attacking prowess in their 38-9 win in Rome.
Kiss continued: “The ability to be able to change a game, not only from game to game but within games, is important. It’s a process of learning.
“It’s about understanding what your tactical outcomes of every game and, if those things are retarded by the opposition during the game, how to shift to another style of game.
“It’s a really important part of going forward for us and it’s something we’re working on, on a daily basis.”
Ireland’s early success can, in part, be attributed to their new-look coaching team appointed last summer.
Besides Kiss and Kinney, they include forwards coach Gert Small, backs coach Alan Gaffney, team manager Paul McNaughton and kicking coach Mark Tainton.
He added: “With the new coaching staff coming on right across the board, basically, there’s different ideas and the players bring their own football intelligence to it as well. So ideally that’s what you want it to be on the field.
“Once you get to the 80 minutes you don’t have the coach on the field anymore and that’s what we’re hoping to get to; to a world where those guys take control of their decisions and understand what the challenges are at the time, whether we’re on the front foot or the back foot and pulling out the right options that we need.”