Bring on France
Ireland's new hard-nosed approach as defending Grand Slam champions last night saw coach Declan Kidney rap his victorious side, who overcame Italy 29-11 at Croke Park.
They now head for a Paris showdown with France next Saturday facing an outhalf crisis for the crucial game.
Ronan O’Gara yesterday joined Johnny Sexton on the injured list, leaving coach Kidney in a sweat for Saturday. It wasn’t his only concern.
“We failed to get pace in the second half and that was frustrating,” he complained.
“We were trying things but they just didn’t come off but the honesty of effort couldn’t be questioned.”
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