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No sooner had a hugely impressive Ireland performance left Wales' hopes of a fourth Grand Slam in ten years in tatters, Schmidt was warning against the expectation that would follow with a trip to Twickenham on the horizon.
There is a Triple Crown on offer against England and across the Emerald Isle optimism is growing that Ireland can repeat the feat of the class of 2009 and sweep all before them.
Fortunately for Schmidt, Brian O'Driscoll has dominated the headlines, enabling the Kiwi to get on with the job in hand.
It's his 14th and final Championship, he is used to the fanfare by now and as he prepares for his final trip to Twickenham, where he will bid for a ninth win over England on the day he equals the all-time world record for Test caps, it suits Schmidt that O'Driscoll takes centre stage.
"To be honest I didn't play Test rugby so I wouldn't be the best to judge, because I would think one Test would be phenomenal," said Schmidt, who takes charge of Ireland away from Dublin for the first time.
"Where I grew up in a black jersey it would have been phenomenal, so how you manage to amass 130 of them, I'm not quite sure how you do it.
"You have to be incredibly resilient, incredibly talented, a phenomenal professional, and there's your summary: that's Brian O'Driscoll.
"I think he's a very tough character, and the person he is allows him to be the player he's been, and hopefully the player he will be on Saturday at four o'clock."
Ireland were mightily impressive against Wales and it's little surprise that Schmidt has opted against tinkering with his starting XV.
It's also true that the loss of Dan Cole will make the scrum a far more even contest that two years ago when England romped to a 30-9 victory thanks to their dominance at the set-piece.
Captain Paul O'Connell however, is also quick to temper expectations.
"There is a good buzz about the team," said O'Connell, who was won three times before at Twickenham. "But the confidence is certainly not sky high. It's realistic."
Lancaster is also a shrewd operator. While England have beaten Ireland both times they have faced them under his reign, he will know too that before that Ireland won seven of the previous eight Championship clashes.
He too would have liked to name an unchanged XV, after England banished their narrow defeat to France with an emphatic victory over Scotland, but has now lost Cole for the Championship and much rests on the match fitness of David Wilson.
He has been able to bury the bad news to an extent however with 20-year-old George Ford coming into the squad for the first time and he could make his debut off the bench in a move that would echo Jonny Wilkinson's first cap - he too made his debut as a replacement against Ireland at Twickenham in 1998.
"It's great to have George involved," added Lancaster, whose side have lost four of the 12 matches they have played at Twickenham under him.
"He has settled in well and we are confident in his ability should he get his opportunity from the bench.
"We are excited about being back at our home after two games on the road. The Twickenham crowd during the November internationals was superb and I'm sure it'll be the same again on Saturday.
"We have been forced into one change and we wish Dan Cole all the best for his recovery. However, David Wilson is an experienced international with 31 caps and he showed in his three starts against Argentina last year what he can do."
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