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No magic wand for Farrell, says Horgan



Time needed: Andy Farrell is aiming to make an impact

Time needed: Andy Farrell is aiming to make an impact

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Time needed: Andy Farrell is aiming to make an impact

Former Irish winger Shane Horgan believes it will take time for new coach Andy Farrell to really put his stamp on the national side.

Three-time Six Nations winner Joe Schmidt departed the Ireland coaching ticket after six successful years following the disappointing World Cup with Farrell promoted from defence specialist to head coach.

With that decision made at a time when Ireland were Grand Slam champions and had just toppled the mighty All Blacks, the year between the appointment and Farrell taking the reins was assuredly the lowest ebb of the Schmidt years.

Farrell got things off to a winning start as his side battled past Scotland last week but they face a different challenge against World Cup semi-finalists Wales in the Aviva Stadium this afternoon (2.15pm kick-off).

"I think when Andy Farrell came in, he was being viewed as a continuity candidate as it were, someone whose job was going to be to keep the train on the tracks," said Glenisk ambassador Horgan.

"But then with everything that happened since, there was probably a desire from people to see him move away from that and create a bit of break.

"When you have five training sessions to do that, it's not going to happen, is it? These things take time. The Scotland performance certainly wasn't what people wanted to see and they're certainly going to need to be better against Wales."

One area Horgan wants to see progression in is from his old stomping ground of the back-three.

"We have the players who can play a counter-attacking game but it's like any unit, it requires time," he said. "I don't think enough attention is paid to coaching it."

Horgan was speaking to the Belfast Telegraph as an ambassador for Glenisk, the official yoghurt of Irish Rugby who provide the men's and women's teams with a protein-rich range of Greek Style yoghurts.

Belfast Telegraph