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Back to the drawing board as Andy Farrell’s grand plan falls short

Brendan Fanning


Coach needs to shuffle the pack after meek loss to the All Blacks

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Keith Earls powers past Jordie Barrett to score Ireland's first try. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Keith Earls powers past Jordie Barrett to score Ireland's first try. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Keith Earls powers past Jordie Barrett to score Ireland's first try. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

If you drew a line between the post-match comments of old Munster and Ireland teammates Ronan O’Gara and Peter O’Mahony, it would have been virtually straight. One was in the studio, trying to strike a balance between giving insight and not pissing off players who one day he will be coaching. The other was ticking the box that obliges an early player reaction from pitch-side.

After the examination both doctors removed their stethoscopes and declared the patient to be alive. Neither well nor kicking, but alive.


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