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Andy Farrell is left to weigh up his Lions dilemma with knock-on impact on Ireland's World Cup cycle

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Big call: Andy Farrell could hand over Ireland’s tour to coach Paul O’Connell

Big call: Andy Farrell could hand over Ireland’s tour to coach Paul O’Connell

Big call: Andy Farrell could hand over Ireland’s tour to coach Paul O’Connell

Should Andy Farrell go on the Lions tour? It looks like a simple question for the IRFU and the national team coach, but finding the right answer is not easy and their decision could potentially have a knock-on effect to Ireland's World Cup cycle.

The former England international was assistant to Warren Gatland on the tours of Australia in 2013 and New Zealand in 2017. Gatland, it seems, wants him on board again for this summer's effort against South Africa and now it is up to the coach and his employer to make that decision.

The first thing they must figure out is what this summer looks like.


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