Upping the Ante : Ireland’s odds for Six Nations glory too short to be worth it

The win over New Zealand has seen Joe Schmidt’s team installed as even-money favourites for the competition, but Wales are far better priced

2nd December, 2018

An aura that defies explanation applies to some of the greats in all walks of life, and Joe Schmidt belongs to that category.

Last Monday morning’s announcement that he would depart his position after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with forwards coach Andy Farrell taking the reins, was expected. But it was nonetheless a major talking point during a bizarre few days in Irish sport – a succession of successions.

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