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Big hitter: Lorcan Tucker got the nod over Gary Wilson to face England.

Big hitter: Lorcan Tucker got the nod over Gary Wilson to face England.

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Big hitter: Lorcan Tucker got the nod over Gary Wilson to face England.

It all comes back to progress. That's the buzz word of Ireland head coach Graham Ford, and beating the world champions in their own backyard can only be seen as positive going forward with a young squad.

Harry Tector (20) before William Porterfield (35), Lorcan Tucker (23) ahead of Gary Wilson (34) and the previously uncapped Curtis Campher (21) in front of everyone else were the biggest calls in the recent series against England and that would seem to be the way ahead, generally.

"It's been an unwritten policy if it's a tight call between two players it is likely that the experience given to a younger player will pay us back down the line, so a lot of the time we will go with youth," explains Ford. "Having said that, it's always important to have experienced players.