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Tom O’Toole’s rise and a Christmas miracle: Andy Farrell’s festive wish list as he leads Ireland into 2022

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Andy Farrell. Credit: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Andy Farrell. Credit: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

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Ireland's fly-half Jack Carty. Credit: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland's fly-half Jack Carty. Credit: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

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On form: Jack Carty looks set for his first game of Andy Farrell’s Ireland reign. Credit: David Rogers/Getty Images

On form: Jack Carty looks set for his first game of Andy Farrell’s Ireland reign. Credit: David Rogers/Getty Images

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Future perfect: Ulster’s Tom O’Toole has shown he can step up for Ireland. Credit: INPHO/James Crombie

Future perfect: Ulster’s Tom O’Toole has shown he can step up for Ireland. Credit: INPHO/James Crombie

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Dan the man?: Dan Leavy is showing signs he is ready for Ireland return. Credit: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Dan the man?: Dan Leavy is showing signs he is ready for Ireland return. Credit: INPHO/Billy Stickland

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Andy Farrell. Credit: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

No doubt, when Andy Farrell and the big man meet, the opening salvo will be a bit of mutual beard appreciation; game recognising game.

Then, it’ll be on to the important business.


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