Tom McGurk: Ireland have what it takes

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France have abandoned the rapier for the sledgehammer, but Ireland can withstand their onslaught

Whatever it was that reduced Ireland to an under-cooked mess against Italy last weekend, I suspect that this will not be the case this afternoon in Cardiff. It’s no exaggeration that this meeting of Ireland versus France has been on everyone’s horizon since the World Cup draw was made three years ago.

Later today, under the closed roof of the Millennium Stadium (a favourite of the Irish) with a majority of Irish support...

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