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Thursday 17 April 2014

Inconsistency is hard to fathom

LAST week we, tonuge in cheek, suggested that Declan Kidney "knew what he was doing afterall".

The headline was in response to the debate, still unresolved, about his position as Irish coach. Whether he's still the right man for the job, whether he should be awarded a new contract after this year's Six Nations championship, when his current deal expires, or whether the time has come for him to be replaced (Joe Schmidt anyone?).

Sunday's defeat to England will only intensify the debate. Particularly after Ireland's brilliant display in Cardiff. Where was that Irish team on Sunday?

Okay the Irish lost two key players to injury (Sexton and Zebo) early in the fixture and the weather made it a very different proposition to the one they faced eight days before, still the lack of a spark, the lack of that little bit of inspiration, was worrying.

The Irish worked incredibly hard – again Gilroy impressed, putting his body on the line and coming in off his line to make crucial interventions – they just seemed gripped by a fear of losing that wasn't on display against the Welsh.

It's been suggested in some quarters that only a championship will save Kidney's skin at this stage. That's unlikely to happen and you know what? Maybe this is the time to freshen up the coaching team at the IRFU.

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