Guinness Six Nations 2019: England's Owen Farrell and Ireland's Johnny Sexton are two of the crankiest fly-halves in world rugby

Not Wee Jimmy Krankie and Co, but fiery Owen Farrell and angry Johnny Sexton – two of the best and crankiest fly-halves in the world who are set to battle it out at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

England centre Ben Te'o, an old Leinster buddy of Sexton, reckons the Ireland no.10 and England sparring partner are cut from the same edgy piece of granite.

Te'o, 32 yesterday , said: "You’ve got one cranky guy on the other side and one cranky guy on our side!

"They’re all the same. You go round different places in different codes and these guys are all the same. They can both be quite confrontational, a bit aggressive. They want things done the right way, with intensity and they love competing.

"They’re both very demanding players and that’s why they are the best. Johnny is a good mate of mine and I’m happy that he’s getting that recognition now because he’s worked very hard to get where he is.

"Seeing him on a daily basis, you understand why he is the player that he is. A lot of these very good players tick in the same way and Owen is pretty similar."

England's opener in the Irish capital is already hotting up to being a Six Nations decider.

You’ve got one cranky guy on the other side and one cranky guy on our side!

Joe Schmidt's Grand Slam champs downed the All Blacks in the autumn as the Red Rose agonisingly lost to the Kiwi's by a point at Twickenham.

And this Championship shoot-out will make or break someone's campaign.

Te'o said: "It does feel a bit like like knock-out rugby.

"We get one shot at them. They get one shot at us too. That’s the way it is. We’ve been the two better teams in the last few years and we meet in the first game.

"It’s pretty big for them. It’s pretty big for everyone, it seems. You realise everyone wants to knock us over, but we’re not just sitting ducks.

"If it’s like that, I’m sure it will reach its boiling point and it will be an intense game, which is what everyone wants to see.

"I just understand there’s a big game on the horizon. We’ve had some good battles with them over the last few years and they’ve definitely been the form team in Europe.

"They’ve proven to be the best team in the world at the moment, with their wins against the All Blacks. I’ve played with a few of their guys so I understand how talented they are.

"I know that we’ve got a tough preparation coming up and a tough trip to Dublin."

Te'o played just 27 minutes of rugby for Worcester Warriors before starting autumn Test matches against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

And when he came back from England duty, he immediately went on holiday to New Zealand, much to the annoyance of Worcester fans who slammed the rugby league convert as a mercenary.

But Te'o, capped 16 times, explained: "It was something that was negotiated a long time before.

"I finished last season and I was training and getting ready to go to South Africa in June, but unfortunately I tore my quad in the gym.

"I had surgery two days later and I was back in the physio room at Worcester two days after that. I was straight back in there. I know that physio is crucial in the first six weeks so I stayed and I rehabbed.

"I didn’t have my time away. I didn’t have my five-week break and a summer holiday. I just worked through my rehab, so I sat down with Alan Solomons and we planned a timeline.

"We said: 'Where can we fit in some blocks for me to have my time off?'. That was the block that he suggested, which would work best for the club. I agreed and we planned it, we booked flights and everything.

"So the way it worked out unfortunately was that I got back fit again in time for the autumn and then I was off.

"That’s just the way it was planned and Alan Solomons was happy to follow through with that plan.

"I would have stayed around if he’d wanted me to keep playing but he assured me he was fine with his squad and I should take the time while I could.

"I copped some stick for that, but unfortunately I can’t just call my own press conference and explain – to let you all know the reasons! I’ll just cop it – that’s alright!"

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