Gordon D’Arcy: Farrell gambling on Murray’s ability to reproduce his best

Coach has opted for experience but Cooney and Deegan are the way forward right now

Conor Murray in action against Scotland: Andy Farrell’s selection of the tried and trusted will be judged harshly if Wales win in Dublin. The championship is on the line. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Conor Murray in action against Scotland: Andy Farrell’s selection of the tried and trusted will be judged harshly if Wales win in Dublin. The championship is on the line. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I’ve never been inclined to join the chorus. However, Conor Murray is not exuding confidence at the moment and this was reflected in the Ireland performance against Scotland.

These days I’m fortunate enough to watch Six Nations matches from the ITV commentary perch. Halfway line just above the west lower stand. It’s a bird’s eye view of all the touchline activity, we have the referee’s audio and multiple screens for replays, but the best way to understand any game is to track the scrumhalf.

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