Ireland turn to Rolland in bid to lower penalty count
Ireland are determined to eradicate the disciplinary problems that hindered them against Italy and France and have called on Alain Rolland for assistance ahead of Sunday's clash with Scotland, writes Hugh Farrelly.
Declan Kidney's men got on the wrong side of referees Romain Poite and Dave Pearson in their first two Six Nations outings and Rolland, a former Ireland No 9 who took charge of the 2007 World Cup final, was on hand yesterday to help ensure Ireland do not fall foul of Nigel Owens at Murrayfield.
Ireland were consistently penalised at scrum-time by Poite against Italy and at the breakdown by Pearson against France and these were areas Rolland addressed in training.
"From time to time we ask referees to come in and help us out in order to keep the penalty count low on match day," said an Ireland spokesperson yesterday.
"It is valuable assistance across the board, with the scrum, the line-out, the breakdown and tackle areas and it is great to have someone of Alain's capability and calibre available."