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Paul O’Connell insists that looking for excuses will not aid Ireland’s bid to improve for second Test with All Blacks

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Inward focus: Paul O’Connell has no interest in pointing the finger at match officials

Inward focus: Paul O’Connell has no interest in pointing the finger at match officials

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Andy Farrell will need his men to regroup and show their class

Andy Farrell will need his men to regroup and show their class

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Inward focus: Paul O’Connell has no interest in pointing the finger at match officials

True to form, Paul O’Connell wasn’t about to look for excuses or put the blame for Ireland’s shortcomings on the referee. In fairness, no one in the squad has.

Instead, there is an acceptance and recognition that improvements are needed across the board if they are to bounce back in this weekend’s sec­ond Test.


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