REACTION: Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray says his side's Six Nations triumph shows they are ready to make a major impact at the World Cup.
REACTION: Wales coach Warren Gatland said his team will look ahead with confidence to this year's World Cup.
REACTION: Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is not yet ready to announcement his retirement date, despite being on the wrong side of 35.
REACTION: England captain Chris Robshaw feels Twickenham will be a real fortress at the World Cup later this year.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt admitted to being 'exhausted' after his team retained their Six Nations crown in dramatic style.
England beat France 55-35 at Twickenham on Saturday but it was not enough to clinch the Six Nations as Ireland retained their title.
Italy flyhalf Kelly Haimona is set for a spell on the sidelines after fracturing his right forearm early in the 61-20 Six Nations defeat to Wales.
Ireland recorded a 40-10 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield to keep their Six Nations defence alive and end Wales' hopes.
Wales pulled away from Italy in the second half to record an emphatic 61-20 Six Nations victory in Rome on Saturday.
Well-rested Wales will look to replicate their storming start against Ireland when they face Italy in Rome on Saturday.