Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

How to buy tickets to the Six Nations rugby 2018

How to buy tickets to the Six Nations rugby 2018

Joe Schmidt admits Ireland are short on experience and they can not "suddenly replace" the world-class talent of the three British & Irish Lions that will miss their Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday.

Furlong and Henderson are both nursing hamstring issues, leaving rookie Leinster duo Ryan and Porter tasked with shoring up the hosts' scrum.

He said he'd had about a million texts after that game!

Farrell won his first two Ireland caps in the Guinness Series against Fiji and Argentina.

"And then there's the freak show that is James Ryan, he keeps producing and that's exciting as well, to have his energy behind you in the scrum is brilliant".

"Against Wales everybody hyped us up - "Scotland are going to win, Scotland are going to win" - and we obviously believed that".

Kiwi taskmaster coach Joe Schmidt has since been at pains to expand Ireland's attacking blueprint but to a large extent has also fought to keep that under wraps.

However, that optimism was quickly wiped out by a shambolic display in Cardiff as they were punished 34-7 by Wales.

Last year, 2017, an odd year and Ireland were many people's favourites to defeat England in Dublin on the final day of the season and claim the Championship. It's a game of rugby. "I don't think I could have done anything more to make sure I was ready", he said.

Of course, Ireland can lose to either Scotland or Wales before their match with England and have a reduced chance of winning the 6 Nations...but realistically for me to have a decent possibility of financial reciprocation from Patrick Power - we will need to remain unbeaten going in to the faceoff with England on St Patrick's Day. Schmidt is missing some real big names.

"It gives England a lot of chances to go out there and try and break them down".

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