Saturday 21 April 2018

Positivity and home field key next week

Mike Prendergast. Photo: Sportsfile
Mike Prendergast. Photo: Sportsfile

David Wallace

Fortune favours the brave, and it was fantastic for the Irish Rugby team to get their just rewards for their Trojan efforts over the past few months. And it won't be solely the international team either that sees the benefits of this Grand Slam victory.

The internationals will bring back the lessons learned and huge belief to their respective provinces to go along with new ideas from the cross-pollination that goes on there. 

That will obviously be a massive boost for rugby on this island ahead of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup ties coming up for Munster, Leinster and Connacht.

Munster will be delighted to see Mike Prendergast's Oyonnax beat Toulon in the Top 14 just last weekend, albeit seeing All Black centre Malakai Fekitoa coming back for them is something to watch. Toulon are still going to be a really tough opposition but I would always back Munster at home.

The provinces are sure to have an upturn in performances and fortunes at the business end of the season and that's an exciting prospect to look forward to. 

They might not get their international players back straight away but there is confidence around in Irish rugby right now, and the provinces need to feed off of it while they can.

Irish Independent

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