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Oh I wish it could be SixMas every day. Oh wait it is! Ireland vs Italy

  • 24-10-2020 3:04pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 12,330 ✭✭✭✭ Losty Dublin


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    Kick off, 3:30PM. Live TV on Virgin Media 1, ITV 1 and NBC Sports Network in the US of A. Live Radio on RTÉ 1 with Michael Corcoran.

    Introduction Like propping against Tom McCourt one can not keep a bad thing down as the Six Nations 2020 finally returns in conspicuously unusual circumstances. But sure, in the amateur days games always had such circumstances so us auld fellas can feel more at home now. Unlike the amateur days we actually have a chance of winning the ruddy thing so lets take this semi seriously for one day.

    A look at the table shows that the whole Six Nations is wide open, with four of six nations standing a chance of becoming champions. Of course that assumes that we win today so lets look at the teams....

    The Teams


    Ireland: 15. Jacob Stockdale, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Hugo Keenan, 10. Jonathan Sexton (C), 9. Conor Murray; 1. Cian Healy, 2. Rob Herring, 3. Andrew Porter, 4. Tadhg Beirne, 5. James Ryan, 6. Caelan Doris, 7. Will Connors, 8. CJ Stander

    Replacements: 16. Dave Heffernan, 17. Ed Byrne, 18. Finlay Bealham, 19. Ultan Dillane, 20. Peter O’Mahony, 21. Jamison Gibson-Park, 22. Ross Byrne, 23. Robbie Henshaw

    Italy: 15. Jayden Hayward, 14. Edoardo Padovani, 13. Luca Morisi, 12. Carlo Canna, 11. Mattia Bellini, 10. Paolo Garbisi, 9. Marcello Violi; 1. Danilo Fischetti, 2. Luca Bigi (C), 3. Giosuè Zilocchi, 4. Marco Lazzaroni, 5. Niccolò Cannone, 6. Sebastian Negri, 7. Braam Steyn, 8. Jake Polledri

    Replacements: 16. Gianmarco Lucchesi, 17. Simone Ferrari, 18. Pietro Ceccarelli, 19. David Sisi, 20. Johan Meyer, 21. Maxime Mbanda, 22. Callum Braley, 23. Federico Mori

    Lowdown


    Being honest Italy have rather little paper hope today. The eventual demise of Parisse takes away their really big name from the team; however Zanni is also gone. His loss also takes away any obvious threat and balance from their back row but it also removes the team of their local hero on the field. Perhaps this is why coach Franco Smith has gone wholesale in a selection policy based on young players and new blood.

    There may be some method in his madness; some commentators speculated over the years that an Italy without Parrisse and Zanni played a more open game of rugby than without. How much of it is madness and how much method is the big question; fly half Paula Garbisi has played a handful of Pro 14 games for Benneton while there are several uncapped players on the bench.

    But lest you think that this Italian team will lack form be warned; most of their new look team have come through their excellent underage development programmes under Stephen Aboud (below). The ball will move out fast and quick and the Irish back 3 will need to choose their moments wisely otherwise the flankers will be giving them wedgies in the dressing room no matter what Dr. Holohan might advise against.


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    Not to be outdone, Ireland have rang in a couple of changes. Will Connors deserves his back row cap as does Hugo Keenan (below) who adds a bit of the Shane Byrne and Frankie Sheahan class hair to the field once more. Eyes to the full back line; Stockdale gets a start at 15 in a time when it is one position that Ireland has lacked credible go to picks over the last few seasons.

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    Verdict. Paddy Power has it +28 for the draw, and Italy a 100/1 for a win. I can see them being right here, with even an Irish implosion being too little to save the Azzuri. My guess is for a 48-12 win and, with an empty stadium we can leave the Mexican Wave to Kerbdog...



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Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,573 ✭✭✭ degsie


    First! :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,175 ✭✭✭ Sanjuro


    Is it just me or does Doris look like he's bulked up a good bit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,601 ✭✭✭ dublinman1990


    I hope Andy Farrell gives us something good when he is going up against Italy today & France next week. Being in the job since he was one of Schmidt's management team should give him the experience to allow him to propel his management style on the team.

    It is also great to see Rory Best being an analyst on ITV's coverage from today.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    Given no crowd. Why not use a cheaper stadium? RDS etc. Must be expensive enough to get aviva open for no crowd, no?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,064 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers


    Does anyone watching this on VirginHD think the picture quality is muck?

    I’ve eir HD For Kerry vs Donegal and the picture quality is far far superior.


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 114 ✭✭ RonaVirus


    Just leave the anthems at this stage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,601 ✭✭✭ dublinman1990


    ITV has crowd noise added in during the anthems.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 114 ✭✭ RonaVirus


    Arragh go and ****e with your imported agendas.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,190 ✭✭✭ swiwi_


    JGP has Santa Claus role sorted. Giving Darcy’s effort a run for his money.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,573 ✭✭✭ degsie


    RonaVirus wrote: »
    Just leave the anthems at this stage.

    Not doing any harm tbh, more for team moral.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,212 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Wow


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,601 ✭✭✭ dublinman1990


    Ah damn. Murray is in the bin.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,269 ✭✭✭ theVersatile


    Harsh


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,655 ✭✭✭ blackwhite


    Terrible refereeing there


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,064 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers


    All goes back to stockdale putting a foot in touch.
    Unforced error.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,997 ✭✭✭ AbusesToilets


    Great stuff, be nice if Italy are actually up to this. Proper match


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,160 ✭✭✭ Burkie1203


    Harsh

    No clear release. If refs are that clinical all the time I'm all for it


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,513 ✭✭✭ IngazZagni


    I didn’t see any release from Murray. Correct decision.


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    Italy opt not to take the scrum in front of the posts with the opposition SH in the bin. That says a lot.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,212 ✭✭✭✭ Clegg


    Really targeting the opposition carrier in their 22.

    Good tactic.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,016 ✭✭✭ Bridge93


    Quinlan talking rubbish as per. Murray never released him


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,307 ✭✭✭ bennyl10


    Take off the shades Quinny
    Clear penalty


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,064 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers


    Great play from herring.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,779 ✭✭✭ Paul Smeenus


    All goes back to stockdale putting a foot in touch.
    Unforced error.

    No it doesn't go back to that. There's been two lineouts since. It goes back to Murray not releasing and Stander missing a tackle.

    We'll done Herring


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,677 ✭✭✭✭ Faugheen


    Ringrose at 9. Is there anything he can’t do?


  • Registered Users Posts: 423 ✭✭ AlfaZen


    We shall see if the ref is as quick to the pocket as the game progresses


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,269 ✭✭✭ theVersatile


    Decision was off feet, not no clear release.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,269 ✭✭✭ theVersatile


    No it doesn't go back to that. There's been two lineouts since. It goes back to Murray not releasing and Stander missing a tackle.

    We'll done Herring

    Surely it was Johnny, not Stander?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,065 ✭✭✭ ClanofLams


    Those constant low percentage kicks every time Ireland won a pen in the last few years are ridiculous. Ten yards from the tryline.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,158 ✭✭✭✭ kmart6


    ITV co-comm saying Ireland will miss the strength of Murray's box kick, don't know what she's been watching for the last year.


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