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Bizarre Welsh complaints highlight how far Irish scrum has come since Twickenham mauling

Ruaidhri O'Connor


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Ireland players, including Tadhg Furlong and Conor Murray, celebrate their side's third try during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium earlier this year

Ireland players, including Tadhg Furlong and Conor Murray, celebrate their side's third try during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium earlier this year

Ireland players, including Tadhg Furlong and Conor Murray, celebrate their side's third try during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium earlier this year

Eight seasons ago, Ireland's scrum collapsed under the weight of a powerful English scrum and Declan Kidney's side were beaten out the gate at Twickenham.

Last autumn's World Cup final brought back memories of that day when Tom Court, a loosehead who was the sole replacement prop on the Irish bench, was brought on for the injured tighthead Mike Ross early and was marched backwards at every turn.


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