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Ireland’s true attacking strategy remains shrouded in mystery as the travelling party enters the eye of the storm.
Literally. Typhoon Faxai hit Tokyo on Sunday evening with historic winds of 216km, landslides and flooding predicted. As 20 rugby nations are about to arrive, getting in and out of the central hub for the 2019 World Cup appears problematic with 30 flights already grounded and 50 bullet trains suspended.
For example, the Wallabies flight has been postponed.
September is peak typhoon season in Japan. It should be grand, but if World Rugby’s worst nightmare, a natural disaster, forces some pool matches to be cancelled the results will be recorded as 0-0 draws with both teams awarded two points.
The Ireland squad travels on Wednesday. Hopefully.
Following Saturday’s 19-10 victory over Wales, it now truly feels like a squad. The reserves, or as coaches like to call them ‘The Finishers’, finally gave us a glimpse into Joe Schmidt’s thought process.
The Schmidt playbook has been kept firmly under wraps since victory over Scotland at Murrayfield in February; remember Jacob Stockdale’s try, when he ran an inside line off Johnny Sexton, who took the full force of Allan Dell’s borderline late tackle in order to prise open the defence (Sexton got his season underway by charging headlong into Jake Ball’s 121kg embrace. He may get used to it as similar landslides and flooding of his personal space is guaranteed).
“Ireland went back to what they are traditionally good at,” said Warren Gatland, ever the psychoanalyst. “I think 85
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