Ireland can humble Springboks on tour
With Irish rugby now in a stronger position than ever before, it has never been a better time to seek a first-ever test victory for Ireland against the Springboks in South Africa.
The Irish rugby team has several reasons to puff out their chests with confidence: in Joe Schmidt we have arguably the best head coach we have ever had; we defeated the Springboks comprehensively on the most recent occasion that we played them, and we are currently a (much) higher-ranked international team than South Africa. The fact that Ireland has never won a test match in South Africa, which is due in part to the infrequent nature of our visits there (many years are regularly allowed to pass between tours by the Irish rugby team), will ensure that complacency will not be an issue for the Irish.
However, to say that we are more than capable of winning a test match in South Africa, if not the series itself, is an understatement.
Belfast Telegraph Digital