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Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ireland have a squad capable of winning the Six Nations if Andy Farrell can get it playing to its potential

Ruaidhri O'Connor


Six Nations gives chance to demonstrate lessons learned from first year

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In reserve: Billy Burns has shown he can step into the breach should Johnny Sexton’s injury woes rule him out

In reserve: Billy Burns has shown he can step into the breach should Johnny Sexton’s injury woes rule him out

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In reserve: Billy Burns has shown he can step into the breach should Johnny Sexton’s injury woes rule him out

Any judgement of Andy Farrell's first year had to come with a list of caveats. Now, the way has been cleared for Ireland to play to their potential.

If they do, they have a squad capable of winning this Six Nations.

They've had their bedding-in period under the new coach, experienced the teething problems that inevitably come during a regime's first year and were exacerbated when the season was put into cold storage during a global pandemic.


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