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History proves Stuart McCloskey right when he says he must tear Georgia apart - and more - to earn future Ireland opportunities

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Hands on: Stuart McCloskey gets to grips with Ireland training

Hands on: Stuart McCloskey gets to grips with Ireland training

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Hands on: Stuart McCloskey gets to grips with Ireland training

As he sat in the Carton House bubble this week, peppered with questions through a laptop screen, Stuart McCloskey offered a forthright assessment of the challenge that greets Irish Rugby hopefuls in games such as tomorrow afternoon's against Georgia.

Last weekend's loss to England in Twickenham - their fourth in a row against Eddie Jones' side and sixth straight against teams above them in the world rankings - offered indisputable evidence that, as Andy Farrell puts it, this is a team on a "different journey" to those at the very top of the game.


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