Gordon D’Arcy: If Farrell can tap into our self-worth, we’re all on a winner

New manager’s biggest challenge is to inspire players to work as a team for their country

Ireland’s Denis Leamy, David Wallace and Gordon D’Arcy tackle Andy Farrell of England in the  Six Nations Championship at Croke Park in February 2007. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s Denis Leamy, David Wallace and Gordon D’Arcy tackle Andy Farrell of England in the Six Nations Championship at Croke Park in February 2007. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“You were better-looking with the beard.”

The flower seller had me on the back foot straight away. Down the Japan tunnel he burrowed and, without being able to name names, he felt the players let their country down at the World Cup.

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