Finally, Schmidt and Ireland have all their ducks in a row

With brilliant young players, strength in depth on the bench and a style of rugby that favours skill and flair over brute force, victory in the Six Nations is squarely in Joe Schmidt’s sights

28th January, 2018
Joe Schmidt will never have a better chance to win another Six Nations Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Does Joe Schmidt count sheep before he gets to sleep these nights? In his case, I suspect he is more likely to be counting his ducks. As the Six Nations looms, rarely has Schmidt had so many ducks and so many of them all in a row. They deserve listing.

First and most importantly of all, Ireland, perhaps for the first time ever, has the quality player-numbers required to compete at the very top of...

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