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Ireland have given themselves much to do in just a week

Cian Tracey


Time is against Farrell’s men in their bid to rescue Series after the All Blacks ruthlessly dished out a sobering first Test defeat in Eden Park

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Peter O’Mahony of Ireland is tackled by Ardie Savea and Sevu Reece of New Zealand during the Steinlager Series match between the New Zealand and Ireland at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Peter O’Mahony of Ireland is tackled by Ardie Savea and Sevu Reece of New Zealand during the Steinlager Series match between the New Zealand and Ireland at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Peter O’Mahony of Ireland is tackled by Ardie Savea and Sevu Reece of New Zealand during the Steinlager Series match between the New Zealand and Ireland at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Of all the many times Andy Farrell mapped and plotted how Ireland’s tour to New Zealand would pan out, it’s safe to say that he hadn’t envisaged the first week going as badly as it did.

Two heavy defeats, positive Covid cases, injuries and mounting concerns over several areas of Ireland’s game, not least the set-piece, Farrell has been left with a huge amount of work to do in a very short space of time.


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