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

Finally, Schmidt and Ireland have all their ducks in a row
Joe Schmidt will never have a better chance to win another Six Nations Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

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

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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