The Irish have one of the world’s most talented players in Joe Schmidt and he knows how to get the job done.
But with the Irish having so many internationals, what’s the best way to get through games?
The Irish were in the thick of the World Cup quarter-finals when Schmidt was promoted to head coach of the Irish.
The squad has played a whopping 12 Tests for Ireland, but only one of those was against the All Blacks.
That was in 2012, when they were runners-up to the Springboks in the Rugby Championship.
So Schmidt made the call to go ahead and get his players to play in the second half of the tournament, which meant getting them through the first week of the campaign.
When he spoke to the players about what he wanted to achieve in the first weeks of the season, they were in awe of the amount of rugby they would be playing.
“It’s not an easy job,” said Sean O’Brien, who started for Ireland in the tourney against Argentina.
“But it’s the way you play.
You’re not just going to play one game at the start and you’re not going to change anything.
You’ve got to have faith in your work ethic, and that you’re doing the right things in training and playing your rugby.”
So you’ve got two weeks of work ahead of you.
And you’re getting the chance to prove that to yourself.
“The players are not expecting it, but they’re getting a taste of the challenge and that’s great.”
The players will return to training at the end of this week, and Schmidt expects them to play a key part in the opening week of international rugby.
They will be playing for Ireland against the Wallabies in the final of the Rugby Champions Cup, and then they will be heading into the World Rugby European Championship in France in November, where they will face Ireland.
After that, Schmidt will turn his attention to the Six Nations, which kicks off on November 11.
Ireland, however, have plenty of work to do in the coming weeks.
The Irish won’t be playing a whole lot until the Six Wars conclude in March.
The team has not been in a position to play the kind of games they have wanted, but Schmidt is confident that his squad can take the game to France in France, where the Wallaby team will have played only two times since the World War Two.
“We’ve had three very tough games in a row, but we’ve had a lot of success in the last couple of weeks,” Schmidt said.
“I’m looking forward to it.
We’ve played the French game and we’ve played some tough games here and there, but it’s a very good team and they’re coming back here to play.”
But you’ve just got to play and see what happens.
We’re all very excited to be back.
“The Rugby Championship has been on a roll for the Irish since the Rugby World Cup, with the teams taking the field at least three times in three different competitions.
They’ve won the first of those games, a 45-21 win over England, but there are some positives for the team, too.
It was their first victory in the tournament since they beat New Zealand on penalties in Cardiff in September.
That was a result Schmidt has been delighted with, as was the second of those wins, a 28-28 win over Wales.”
So it was a big achievement for the squad.””
They were great all the way through, and the next day they beat Australia in Cardiff.
So it was a big achievement for the squad.”
The final victory of the Six Flags tournament will come on December 1, but the Irish have already been in the Guinness Pro12 quarter-final, and a game with the All Black team in Paris is also in the cards.
So, what are the key things for the new coach?
“You’ve got the work ethic,” he replied.
We have a couple of games left before we get to the first game, and you’ll see how good our squad is.”””
We’ve got some work to get done, and we’ll have a lot more games to go.
We have a couple of games left before we get to the first game, and you’ll see how good our squad is.””
We are just looking forward and we have to go and try to do the best we can, but obviously we’ve got a couple games left.”