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
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 ...