Saturday 22 September 2018

Six Nations clean sweep is a possibility

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photo: PA
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photo: PA

Joe Schmidt must be delighted with how things stand in the Six Nations after two rounds of rugby, where Ireland sit pretty at the top, writes David Wallace.

When you look at Wales and England last weekend. They are perceived to be the two other best teams in the competition. And they produced a really exciting match last weekend but there are certainly weaknesses for Ireland to exploit.

There are three really tough games ahead but there is no reason as to why Ireland can't win all of them.

Robbie Henshaw's injury is a big blow to Ireland. He has been one of the first names on the team-sheet for a while now. But it's great they have a couple of weeks to get Tadhg Furlong back in because he is another essential part of the team.

It will be interesting to see who takes Henshaw's place, and it could be one of the Munster guys but all signs point to Chris Farrell who has had a very impressive season. It would be a big ask for someone to come back from injury and face that Welsh team, so that could work against Garry Ringrose. 

It was good to see Jordan Larmour get some game-time against Italy. He certainly has bags of talent in attack but there is a lot more to it than that, and that game was a big learning curve for him.

Irish Independent

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