Sunday December 15, 2019

Ireland are known for bouncebackability, but they need Sexton to win

It’s a puzzle as to who the real Ireland is, the heroes who beat the All Blacks or the team that meekly capitulated to Japan

6th October, 2019
Jonathan Sexton: Ireland are overly reliant on him Pic: INPHO

You wonder if this will be the week when the real Ireland will stand up. And then again, you wonder precisely who the real Ireland is, the have-a-go heroes who defied the odds — and the All Blacks — to finish 2018 as the best side in the world, or the team who capitulated so meekly in Shizuoka eight days ago?

At a time when morale will have to soar to stratospheric heights if this tournament...

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