Ireland conquered Italy with consummate ease on Saturday, though the calculated and mundane manner in which they did so left much to be desired.
Ireland will hope to draw inspiration from dominant performances from their u20 and women’s sides as they march into Rome slightly battered but confident.
Nigel Carolan’s young Irish squad got their tournament off to a fine start with a win over Italy in atrocious weather at the Stadio Lamarmora in Biella.
With so many players now graduating from the u20 programs to senior international level, it’s a surefire way to catch a glimpse of the stars of the future.
On second thought, perhaps some old traditions are best left to fade away into oblivion. What should have been a cracking match was instead a bore.
It’s not crazy to think this might be the last ever Six Nations ‘A’ international. A sobering thought, one of the negative after-effects of professionalism.
Time to dust off the Christmas cobwebs and get back at it. Here is a collection of some pretty good articles from elsewhere over the past few weeks.
Forget some of the preposterous lists that some have bandied about as their yearly selection, here are the legitimate best over the international calendar.
Nine matches and even more hours later it’s time finally unveil this past week’s honour roll.
Another terrific defensive performance by Ireland gave them the perfect ending to a magnificent international season as they pipped Australia in Dublin.