Gordon D’Arcy: Ireland will need a Plan C to get to a World Cup semi-final

Physical standards were not met against England but a defeat such as this can cleanse the soul

When Ireland used Plan B, via Conor Murray’s boot, the officials deemed the line of England blockers to be legal. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

When Ireland used Plan B, via Conor Murray’s boot, the officials deemed the line of England blockers to be legal. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

We now know that Plan C is going to be needed.

At an event last week the signature performance of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, so far, was discussed. Beating New Zealand gets mentioned everywhere I go, and understandably so. One question focused on the difference between how Ireland and the All Blacks attack.

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