Joe McCarthy has given Andy Farrell his biggest headache ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations opener with France, according to The Irish Times‘ Gerry Thornley.
Ireland open their Grand Slam defence with a mouth-watering encounter against France in Marseille on the first Friday of February.
It will be the first game for Andy Farrell’s men since their agonising quarter-final exit in last year’s World Cup, and the first in a new era without Johnny Sexton as Ireland captain.
The challenge does not get tougher for Ireland than France though, as France too are coming off the back of the narrowest of defeats at their home World Cup at the same quarter final stage.
With Sexton and Keith Earls both retiring, as well as a number of injuries across the park, one area that Ireland wo
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