Gordon D’Arcy: Jack Carty is back in the Ireland fold and I hope he shines

If we can replicate ruck speed shown against All Blacks we are Six Nations contenders

Connacht’s Jack Carty: he  appears to drive the game plan with little obvious input from those around him.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht’s Jack Carty: he appears to drive the game plan with little obvious input from those around him. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It wasn’t until I finished playing rugby that I gathered some perspective on the environment in which I had existed for almost 20 years.

Rugby has a mise-en-scène ambiance to it, the players as actors with the background set-pieces constantly changing. A player may feel in control of their destiny on stage but it is not always the case, especially when it comes to selection.

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