Tevita Kuridrani of Australia escapes France’s Yoann Huget during their Test match at the Stade de France, Paris on November 15th. Photograph: Reuters.

Australia’s lack of game management may see Joe Schmidt’s side home

Guinness Autumn International, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 8/11/2014 Ireland vs South Africa Springboks Ireland’s Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell and Rhys Ruddock with Bismarck du Plessis of South Africa SpringboksMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Reaction to win against Springboks a little over the top considering how poor Irish attack was

South Africa forced New Zealand to produce a staggering 252 tackles in their recent Rugby Championship match in Johannesburg. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Image

Matt Williams believes Heyneke Meyer has added flair to physicality and it is a masterstroke

French rugby not in a great current state but one lapse in concentration and they remain capable of stealing a match

The English pack clear a ruck against Ireland during last year’s Six Nations clash. “Ireland will need to dominate the English pack with their mauling which was simply glorious against Wales.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

The Irish scrum has been superb thus far and must attack the English set-piece with real venom

Andrew Coombs and Peter O’Mahony of Ireland grapple for the ball in the lineout during last season’s RBS Six Nations Championship fixture. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Home side must display character and true grit if they are to slay this impressive dragon

Joe Schmidt talks to his team in November. This Ireland team must find a measure of consistency. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Now is the time to end the team’s swings from excellence to mediocrity

Gordon D’Arcy is greatly underestimated in Irish rugby. It is only when he is absent that people see his real value. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If the Irish pack are the same soft proposition in tomorrow’s game, they will be torn apart

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