11 Mar 14
The Munster squad trained at a sunny CIT today after a week's break as preparations begin for the RaboDirect PRO12 clash against Treviso at Thomond Park on Saturday, March 22nd (ko 7:15pm).
Because in both cases, it would show that it's not the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog that can carry the day.
Ireland are underdog today although not to the extent Munster were on Tuesday or to a greater degree they were in 2008. But surely the brains trust that oversee our national side will find a few common denominators that can be used to good advantage today ?
Or maybe they've had a word with the man who masterminded both those performances Tony McGahan ?
Factor out the weather last Tuesday. Forget about the atmosphere in TPS in 2008. Rather focus on the Munster performance, individually and collectively and therein perhaps lies the route to success this evening.
Ireland: R Kearney; T Bowe, B O'Driscoll capt, G D'Arcy, L Fitzgerald; J Sexton, E Reddan; C Healy, R Best, T Court; D O'Callaghan, M O'Driscoll; S Ferris, D Wallace, J Heaslip. Replacements: S Cronin, J Hayes, D Toner, D Leamy, P Stringer, R O'Gara, K Earls.
All Blacks: M Muliaina; C Jane, C Smith, M Nonu, H Gear; D Carter, A Ellis; T Woodcock, H Elliott, O Franks; A Boric, T Donnelly; J Kaino, R McCaw capt, K Read. Replacements: A Hore, J Afoa, S Whitelock, L Messam, A Matthewson, S Donald, S Williams.