Tuesday 23 July 2019

Richardt Strauss: Ireland's stuttering form is fixable

Barry Lennon

Barry Lennon

Richardt Strauss has said that Ireland's game is 'fixable', following the international side's successive World Cup warm-up defeats to Wales and England.

The 29-year-old hooker, who replaced Rory Best during Saturday's 21-13 loss at Twickenham, said that most issues could be addressed in the lead up to the World Cup.   

The defeat saw a number of issues across the park and in Ireland's defensive line, Strauss admitted.

"It's all stuff we've done before and I think it's stuff we have to work on, it's kind of one-off stuff. We made a lot of individual errors," he said. 

"But we don't have to reinvent the wheel. It's things right across the park we've to fix. But the key thing is that they are fixable"

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However, Strauss said that these issues put the team in a better position ahead of the World Cup later this month. 

"At least there's stuff going into the World Cup that we've to work on. That helps us. We won't be complacent and will be on point with everything we do.

"The last two games were pretty disappointing but there's loads of room for improvement and it gets better the more time we spend together as the group of 31.

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"There are some combinations that are not so familiar so it'll be good to work on them. Where we let ourselves down the most was in defence, but we can improve on the attack too. 

"All that will be addressed in camp and if you've been in camp you'd know it's always pretty intense.

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