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Ireland’s New Zealand series is alive until it is pronounced otherwise – so pick the best 23 to keep the heart beating

Brendan Fanning


If the information given the coach by his medical staff is that the player is fit then Farrell has no choice to make: he picks his best number 10

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Jonathan Sexton during Ireland rugby squad training at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Jonathan Sexton during Ireland rugby squad training at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Jonathan Sexton during Ireland rugby squad training at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

A while back we got into one of those circular debates with someone over squad building and how it should shape team selection in big games.

The other side was driven mostly by the needs of a World Cup, that once it came into view it should be the North Star.


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