Start your day with five eye-catching egg-chasing quotes & links from around the ruggersphere.
There are equal amounts of home truths and schadenfreude
in the Simon Thomas piece…though it is clearly clickbait
designed to tease out some indignant Irish reaction
(not to mention as counter to Neil Francis’ latest buffoonery)
it is still worth a read – never any harm to get some
perspective from outside the Irish bubble
...there are undoubted challenges facing Schmidt in what is a challenging time overall for Irish rugby.
Why Irish rugby is lurching towards crisis little more than a week before Six Nations opener against Wales
Simon Thomas - WalesOnline
"Johnny Sexton didn't have any issue getting selected when he was out in Paris. So if you are good enough, if you are playing well enough they will pick you"
Declan Rooney - Irish Independent
He has youth on his side, but Olding will be hoping for a decent run of games from now until the end of the season.
Richard Mulligan - Belfast Newsletter
The worthwhile exercise will leave both camps with a number of areas to focus on ahead of Saturday, February 6 when they meet again in the first round of the Six Nations at Donnybrook.
The one book in Heaslip's essentials is 'The Chimp Paradox' by Steve Peters, a sports psychiatrist who has worked with the England football team, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Team Sky and Padraig Harrington.
PJ Browne - Balls.ie
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