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Who’s On The Plane – February Edition

We are now two games into a Six Nations campaign which many in the media are slating as being underwhelming and uneasy on the eye, and they aren’t wrong. Ireland’s performances so far have been about winning, whatever the means. That being said, back to back wins over the French is something which bodes well heading in to the World Cup. Italy appear to have taken a backwards step or eight since they defeated both Ireland and France in their most successful Six Nations to date. Those results would have seen them top a hypothetical World Cup group at the time, but their shortcomings at out-half are still plaguing their progress. They have once again turned to nomad imports to try and solve the conundrum, with no obvious answers coming from their youth system. Keeping to form, they shouldn’t play a role in the outcome of Pool D, with France -v- Ireland in the Millenium Stadium on Sunday, 11th October at 16:45. Continue reading