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Ireland's Billy Burns (left) and Japan's Kosuke Horikoshi during the Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin RESTRICT

Ireland's Billy Burns (left) and Japan's Kosuke Horikoshi during the Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin RESTRICT

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Ireland's Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring his side's fifth try of the game during the Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale celebrates scoring his side's fifth try of the game during the Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

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Ireland's Peter O'Mahony claims the ball during the Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Ireland's Peter O'Mahony claims the ball during the Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

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Ireland's Billy Burns (left) and Japan's Kosuke Horikoshi during the Summer Series match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin RESTRICT

This always had the look of a stressful enough one for Ireland and that had nothing to do with the lingering memory of the last time the sides met in Shizuoka in autumn 2019.

After all, you had an Ireland side, diluted by their missing British and Irish Lions and the demanding influence of Johnny Sexton, coming together with some new combinations for the first time since the Six Nations, taking on a Japan outfit having had so little game time since the last World Cup and yet having put in a reasonable shift last weekend against the Lions.


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