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Ireland will hope for a South Africa style transformation between now and France - they already know much can change during a World Cup cycle

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Ireland will hope they're in different place when next World Cup begins

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On a high: Jacob Stockdale scores one of Ireland’s four tries against South Africa at the Aviva in 2017

On a high: Jacob Stockdale scores one of Ireland’s four tries against South Africa at the Aviva in 2017

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On a high: Jacob Stockdale scores one of Ireland’s four tries against South Africa at the Aviva in 2017

How much can change in the space of three years? The respective fates of the Irish and South African rugby teams over the past 36 months offer a timely reminder.

Back in 2017, remember, there was little debate about which was more likely to win the World Cup in Japan 24 months later.


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