Peter Bills: Floundering Ireland must alter mindset
November has yet to turn to Christmas spirit and rugby's international programme is still in full swing across the northern hemisphere, where Ireland will play New Zealand in Dublin on Saturday.
These end-of-season internationals (for the southern hermisphere sides) can never be an exact science. Yet they do offer some interesting clues as to how teams are shaping up.
We've seen a glimpse of England's potential following their successful embracing of the possibilities under the new law interpretations against Australia, and Wales' continuing failure to make the climb to the very top tier, after defeats to the Wallabies and South Africa.