Matt Williams: Ireland are on the brink of something special - but they need a Plan B

Gain line theory has put Andy Farrell’s side in a good place - this time, can they deliver?

Gain line theory and a high skillset has helped Ireland’s resurgence. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gain line theory and a high skillset has helped Ireland’s resurgence. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How organisations transform a weakness into a strength is an alchemy that has fascinated emperors, queens, Generals, entrepreneurs and Machiavellian politicians for millennia.

Rugby coaches are a bit late to the party, but it’s always been part of the gig. It is a process that requires original thinking. Creating tactics that change what others would classify as an inferior quality into a game changer takes deep thought.

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