Liam Toland: Good players know when to deviate from the plan

'Far too many teams, especially schools, are rooted in pre-ordained ‘professional’ plans'

David Kilcoyne:  there’s now a subtlety and awareness to his ball carrying that hasn’t been there in previous campaigns. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

David Kilcoyne: there’s now a subtlety and awareness to his ball carrying that hasn’t been there in previous campaigns. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The greatest sound you will ever hear is the sound of your own name. I heard mine this week so here I am! Forty two Irish players heard theirs last week; some head off to Chicago, others wait their turn but with a baker’s dozen tests left till RWC ’19 the sound of your name carries huge significance this autumn.

This hasn’t just started last week; competition in provincial squad team announcements is driving standards.

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