Monday, November 24, 2014

Front Five - 24.11.14

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Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.

Later today here on HarpinOnRugby...
our #IRLvAUS writeup 
is titled "Where We Belong"

IMG_1598's 22 successive defeats to the big three and it will hurt him that his fellow Kiwi Joe Schmidt has more scalps this autumn with Ireland than he has managed in seven years with Wales.

Gutsy Wales still searching for that little bit extra after running out of steam

Chris Kirwan - South Wales Argus

(Neil) Francis, who has not spared Ireland sides down the years since he picked up the pen after hanging up his boots, said...Schmidt (has) outshone his rivals.

Joe Schmidt hailed as best coach in world rugby after Ireland’s win over Australia

The Australian

If Schmidt can add proportionate confidence to his lessons there will be good reason to expect Ireland to mount a serious World Cup challenge. 
Brian Moore - Telegraph

There were many impressive performers for Ireland including captain Paul O'Connell and fullback Rob Kearney, but the star was flyhalf Jonny Sexton who controlled the game so well.

Last year, the Wallabies won this encounter in a canter, four tries to nil. But these Irish have evolved into a different beast, defensively strong, tactically astute, and hardheaded.

Ireland hold out Wallabies 26-23 at Lansdowne Road

NZ Herald

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Taken by JLP from RDS press box on Nov 16, 2019