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Could threat of James Lowe's Ireland arrival push Jacob Stockdale back to his best?

 

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James Lowe (left) will be free to make his Ireland debut later this year but what will the consequences be for Jacob Stockdale?

James Lowe (left) will be free to make his Ireland debut later this year but what will the consequences be for Jacob Stockdale?

Andy Farrell

Andy Farrell

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James Lowe (left) will be free to make his Ireland debut later this year but what will the consequences be for Jacob Stockdale?

James Lowe was signed to play for Ireland and, injury and pandemic permitting, he will make his debut in green during the busy autumn schedule of 2020.

Andy Farrell will welcome the talented Kiwi into his squad with open arms. His rivals for the jersey will be less enthusiastic and it is Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale whose place is most threatened.

Both men have what it takes to play for the Lions in South Africa next year and the head coach is surely hoping that the threat from Lowe will get a response from Stockdale, whose form has slipped since he burst on to the scene with a record-breaking 2017/18 season.