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Tainted Goods

At first glance, a 51-point winning margin against any Tier 1 side would appear to be the stuff of dreams, but when you consider the fact that Ireland had a 2-man advantage for over 60 minutes, it eradicates pretty much any satisfaction that can be taken from the result. 7 of Ireland’s starting XV weren’t … Continue reading Tainted Goods

Road To Recovery

A huge win over Italy this weekend won’t necessarily solve the problems that Ireland had against France, but it will go a long way towards restoring the confidence they lost in that fixture ahead of a tough trip to Twickenham. Andy Farrell has made several changes to his matchday squad, which is understandable, given the … Continue reading Road To Recovery

Harsh Lessons

Given that Ireland were heading into this fixture without Johnny Sexton, most Irish supporters would have bitten your hand off if you had offered them a 6-point loss, and definitely all of them would have been happy with that outcome after conceding a damaging early score, but this feels like one that got away. It’s … Continue reading Harsh Lessons

The Cauldron

Ireland’s November performances reasserted their position as one of the top sides in international rugby, and their win over Wales last weekend was convincing, but this Saturday is going to be a trial by fire for them. Apart from out-half, they have a stronger team than the one that France dispatched in Halloween of 2020, … Continue reading The Cauldron