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Brendan Fanning Opinion A tale of two set-pieces – French lineout attack shows what Ireland are missing
It’s not often Italy head coaches breathe a sigh of relief when they see Ireland next up on the fixture list. The incumbent there, Franco Smith, will feel like the worst of the storm has passed. Having taken 91 points on board against France and England – a brutal opening sequence - you’d say he’s glad just to see the back of them. But there’s a lot about Ireland that will lift the South African’s spirits.