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Farrell’s impressive expansion plan whets appetite for the biggest challenge of all

Tony Ward


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James Lowe on his way to scoring Ireland's first try against Japan at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

James Lowe on his way to scoring Ireland's first try against Japan at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

James Lowe

James Lowe

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James Lowe on his way to scoring Ireland's first try against Japan at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

We’ll try not to lose the run of ourselves but by most any standard Saturday’s performance by an Ireland side (albeit one close to full strength) in the opening game of a Test window – whether Autumn or Six Nations – has the nation purring at what might possibly lie ahead.

Whether we were witnessing the rugby equivalent of Manchester United thumping Tottenham ahead of Manchester City next up will be coldly revealed in five days’ time. Make no mistake, the most complete unit in the world game will be in opposition when I suspect the same Irish team, hopefully clad in green, takes to the field for the biggest rugby challenge of all.


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