Ireland shaken and stirred but still standing

Quite what impact Saturday’s Murrayfield result has on the next time Ireland meet Scotland in September’s key opening World Cup pool game in Yokohama remains to be seen but, right now, Joe Schmidt has more immediate problems to address, writes Donal Lenihan.

This win puts Ireland back in championship contention — theoretically at least — even if they are not quite back in the groove. England’s landslide bonus point win over the lamentable French yesterday places them six points ahead of us after only two games not to mention a healthy points differential of +48.

Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers

Not a member yet? Register here

More on this topic

‘We have got our little wake-up call,’ says Best of Six Nations downturn

McNamara’s mantra: Failure is never fatal, it’s how you react to it

Noel backs return to Cork for U20 side

Anscombe hopeful Wales can keep their winning habit going at the World Cup

More in this Section

James Milner to become Man Utd fan for first time ever in tomorrow's Manchester derby

Robbie Fowler unveiled as Brisbane Roar head coach

Lisbon Lions captain Billy McNeill dies aged 79

Sterling: Football chiefs ‘doing nowhere near enough’ to solve racism problem

More by this author

Leinster find their swagger to set up dream final

Tyler Bleyendaal's refusal to throw in towel will stand to him now

Has Munster game developed enough to stun mighty Sarries?

AIL clubs left in the wayside as the IRFU drives on for dollars


Lifestyle

These are the wedding wines to consider if you’re planning your big day

Why Stargazing Pods at Alton Towers are out of this world

Ask an expert: What are DOMS and how can I reduce the aches and pains?

Ask a counsellor: My husband has a drink problem – what do I do?

More From The Irish Examiner