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Living in the past pointless exercise for Ireland rugby

Modern era of O'Driscoll and O'Connell the only barometer for our expectations

Published 16/11/2013 | 01:00

On Tuesday, 'Morning Ireland' broadcast an interview with Michael Lynagh, inviting the former Wallaby great to reconstruct Australia's fevered World Cup escape against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in '91.

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It was an odd choice of focus, given the modern rugby rivalry that has developed between the countries in the quarter of a century or so since Gordon Hamilton's storied try. Out of their last four visits to Dublin, Australia have mined just a solitary victory and were, of course, also beaten by Ireland at Eden Park in the 2011 World Cup.

Even viewed through the warm, oily light of nostalgia then, the '91 game has never seemed less relevant to, or representative of, Irish rugby.

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