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Brendan Fanning


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Andy Farrell has prepared for this year's Autumn series with the World Cup in mind. Credit: Sportsfile

Andy Farrell has prepared for this year's Autumn series with the World Cup in mind. Credit: Sportsfile

Andy Farrell has prepared for this year's Autumn series with the World Cup in mind. Credit: Sportsfile

If you’re a wannabe whose hopes have just been dashed by exclusion from this November squad, you’ll be praying next summer in New Zealand is a tour that goes full steam ahead. There were lots of lads over the years happy to be marked absent from that particular trip.

Foreboding at any time, three Tests down there as numbers nine, 10 and 11 on your match calendar is less attractive than having them for a one-off in Dublin in November. A World Cup on the horizon changes that perspective. Who knows what the injury profiles will be like by then. It could be just the ticket for those with aspirations of making it to France 2023.


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