Opinion Analysis

Saturday 29 July 2017

Tony Ward: Winning on French soil the key test for Ulster

A GREAT weekend for Irish rugby, a great weekend for Ulster, Leinster and Munster, and yet for the IRFU, despite much to celebrate, a feeling of being at the sharp end of a double-edged sword.

Simple question: would the three main provinces be where they are today without the input of so many overseas players? No, no and no again. No matter how anyone attempts to dress it up, that is the reality of Irish rugby today.

Does success at provincial level feed into the national psyche and by extension the form of the Ireland team?

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