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Ireland are still waiting to let Catt out of the bag

Attack coach has so far struggled to find a fresh inventive game plan

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Assistant coach Mike Catt with Jamison Gibson-Park at an Ireland training session

Assistant coach Mike Catt with Jamison Gibson-Park at an Ireland training session

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Assistant coach Mike Catt with Jamison Gibson-Park at an Ireland training session

You know times are tough when a trip to Rome is being talked up as one that is fraught with danger for Ireland.

Italy's Six Nations losing streak now stands at 29 consecutive games, they have conceded 91 points in the opening two rounds of this year's tournament, while they are in the middle of a major rebuild as they blood much younger, less experienced players.

Taking all that into consideration, this weekend should, in theory at least, be an ideal chance for Ireland to fine-tune certain elements of their game that have let them down, particularly their attack.


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