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Japan celebrate victory over Ireland at last year's World Cup. Photo: Sportsfile

Japan celebrate victory over Ireland at last year's World Cup. Photo: Sportsfile

Japan celebrate victory over Ireland at last year's World Cup. Photo: Sportsfile

Very early on in Ireland's tour of New Zealand in 1992, it felt like there had been a mix up. Like the tourists had taken a wrong turn in departures in Heathrow and ended up flying to Auckland instead of anywhere else. It became a refrain on that trip as the massive disparity in standards would be driven home at every turn: why are we down here?

It was a reasonable question to ask. Hopelessly depleted from the off - lots of lads really didn't like the look of this trip - we argued that Ireland would have been better served devoting the summer to acquainting themselves with the basics of strength and conditioning.


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