Alun Wyn Jones Failure of alternatives means Rory is still best

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Alun Wyn Jones Rory Best. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Rory Best. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Depending upon how you discriminate – that is if you deign to care in the first place – Ireland’s rugby team is either temporarily mired in crisis or permanently lodged in stasis.

This being sport of course, and the familiar Irish manner of lurching hilariously from one extreme to the other, many will harbour renewed faith once Wales are summarily dispatched in the latest meaningless warm-up game this weekend.

In a pre-planned gambit, which seemed hardly necessary to devalue an already worthless exercise, Warren Gatland and Joe Schmidt have concocted a plan whereby they will further hoodwink the public by co-operating in selection for the first of two successive non-contests.

And so Wales will field a mish-mash of mostly second-string players.

However, Schmidt’s plans have been rocked by last Saturday’s humiliation on the old cabbage patch, even if the response to the defeat has veered towards hysteria in many areas.

He would have been closer than ever to his 31-man squad selection before Twickenham but events there have prompted a re-think.

Suddenly, he must re-evaluate not merely a few key elements of his final travelling party but a

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