November wrap up, the old old enemy and the future

And so it with a tear in my eye that I say goodbye to the November internationals of 2017. My favourite part of the sporting year is over again. Last year we have the All Blacks initiating gang war on the turf of Lansdowne road to close it off, this year we had a professional and stubborn Argentina side in our closing match.

Going into the game and after team selection I thought Ireland would run over the visitors. I thought that the mixture of experience around the team with the new caps would prove too much for a weary, well-travelled Argentina side who would want to go home and sleep for a while.

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Ireland v Fiji, New Faces and a frustrating weekend.

Another emotional weekend of Irish sport is behind us.

Ireland took on the mighty Fiji in Lansdowne road on Saturday night and it was a game of 3 halves. Don’t let my ordinary level maths confuse you. But it was a game of 3 halves.

The team selected kept only 2 started from the previous week against South Africa (Conway and Toner) and 13 starters none of which had 15 caps or more. A brave move from King Joe. I think most expected maybe 4 or 5 new caps to start with a mixture of experience and newbies on the bench, but Joe showed confidence in his entire squad here which was a massively positive move and sent a great message to his team.

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