Episode 1688: Ireland’s Labour And Luck, Hogg Horror, France Blow Pre-Tournament Predictions To Smithereens
It wasn’t the prettiest win you’ve ever seen, and it might not have been a win at all if Stuart Hogg had remembered how to score a try, but the Andy Farrell era is on its way.
Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley give us their verdict – what has changed since Joe Schmidt left, what changes should we make for Wales, will grit be our defining characteristic, and would 3 wins satisfy all involved?
There'll probably be disappointment that Ireland didn't win more convincingly, but the win was paramount and a "delighted" Andy Farrell said "I thought we thoroughly it", adding "We had to fight and dig deep…I thought we showed true Irish grit."
— Gerry Thornley (@gerrythornley) February 1, 2020
France, meanwhile, blew all the pre-tournament predictions out the window with their stunning win over England yesterday… the pre-tournament predictions of everyone except Simon Nostradamus Hick.
Gatty gone. Welsh physically broken. Joe gone. Ireland mentally vulnerable. Sarries story bubbling away. Shaun Edwards in. Galthie’s brain and calm head. They have Eng and Ireland in Paris. Yes, France are back to being dark horses/good value for 6N.
— Simon Hick (@hicksimon) January 24, 2020
Plus there’s Girvan Dempsey’s try-scoring technique, French rugby’s “handsome outhalf – success” correlation, Andy Farrell at the Web Summit, and what Ken Early stands for.
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