I have long since felt that Connacht are a potential threat to Munster – both are the only real professional alternative west(ish)(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in a maul against Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Anthony Foley needs to maximise power of unit to compensate for individual weakness

Jonathon Sexton in action against Australia. Ireland’s current game is largely based upon the kicking tactics employed by the halfbacks, Sexton and Conor Murray. Photograph:   Ian Walton/Getty Images

Will Ireland’s current kicking strategy suffice when it comes to the latter stages?

Australia’s Phillip Hughes: died  two days after he was struck in the head by a ball. He had emergency surgery before being placed in an induced coma. Photo: Philip Brown/Reuters

The charity will raise awareness and generate support for those affected by catastrophic sports injuries

Ireland’s Rob Kearney tackles Israel Folau during Saturday’s international rugby match against Australia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Game bookended by massive and vital hits – first from Zebo, second from O’Connell

 Australia’s Michael Hooper  in action against France  at The Stade De France  Paris, France. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ireland can use their scrum to expose Australia’s defensive frailties

Simon Zebo goes over to score one of six Irish tries against Georgia. Ireland took advantage of Georgia’s ill-discipline in the second half. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Halfbacks and lineout impressive but scrum continues to be an issue

Ireland’s number seven scores the all-important first try against the Springboks but perhaps he didn’t get the credit he deserved. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

More attention to detail in Irish camp than from some supporters

South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen tries to stop Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: PA.

In the face of such physical onslaught mind proved just as important as matter

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