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Josh van der Flier: ‘It’s good to keep the momentum up. It’s exciting’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

Josh van der Flier’s triumphant performance for Ireland against the All Blacks last month has since cemented his reputation as one of the key men in Joe Schmidt’s squad. He talks to Jessie Collins about mental strength, team dynamics and the thrill of the win

Before Josh van der Flier sits down to talk to me, a man in the hotel foyer presses a betting slip into the rugby player’s hand. The man in question had put a punt on van der Flier to score the first try at the recent November international between Ireland and the USA.

Considering that van der Flier ended up being on the bench that evening, it didn’t turn out to be the best...

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