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At least purgatory doubled up as an earner on Wednesday with Irish players not involved in lineout throwing, lifting and catching wheeled out for sponsors.
The Rory Best event was postponed due to “increased training commitments” but Conor Murray filled the Tadhg Furlong gap at Aviva’s mini rugby nations cup launch.
Guess what the scrumhalf was asked about?
“The hookers, the callers, the jumpers are working really hard to fix that,” said Murray in the wake of Saturday’s 57-15 defeat at Twickenham. “That’s the beauty of having a game this week but we’ll wear that for a long time. That was embarrassing.
“We deserved that beating the way we showed up but I can see us fixing an awful lot of it.
“I don’t think there is a pattern emerging,” added the 30-year-old, despite two heavy defeats to England in 2019 in between the shredding by Wales last March. “I know people will probably want to make that the story but I don’t think so.”
Murray’s point holds some water. Ireland fell behind early in both Six Nations defeats and were unable to recover. Last Saturday they were just hammered with a malfunctioning lineout denying them any chance of keeping pace with England.
“The defeats were different. The m
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