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Andy Farrell must shuffle a full deck this summer to find his future aces

Bernard Jackman


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Harry Byrne has caught Farrell’s eye

Harry Byrne has caught Farrell’s eye

Harry Byrne has caught Farrell’s eye

For aspirational professional rugby players the summer tour is often your best chance of breaking through from being an uncapped novice to winning that coveted first cap and hopefully becoming part of the furniture for the November series and Six Nations championships in the future.

Coaches seem to have more freedom to experiment at this time of year. Often some of the established stars are rested, especially the tour after a Lions tour, or some players sit it out to have little repair operations that have niggled them all season.


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