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Rúaidhrí O’Connor: Irish rugby chiefs must embrace a different kind of forward thinking to counter scrum problems

Rúaidhrí O’Connor: Irish rugby chiefs must embrace a different kind of forward thinking to counter scrum problems

The emergence of Joe McCarthy as a ‘tractor’ lock has been welcome boost but issues remain. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

The emergence of Joe McCarthy as a ‘tractor’ lock has been welcome boost but issues remain. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O’Connor

If there weren’t alarm bells going off at IRFU headquarters during the first weekend of Champions Cup action, then they need to check the system they have in place.

All four provinces have struggled at scrum-time – a worrying trend that belied the fact that the union performance director is a former hooker and two of the men in charge of the four teams are ex-props.

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