HOUSE OF RUGBY: Ireland are double Grand Slam champions and Johnny Sexton 'GOAT' debate
"And next year's batch are supposed to be even better."
Ireland are 2023 Six Nations Grand Slam champions in the mens and U20s championships, and looking in rude health. House of Rugby looked back on those winning campaigns, and ahead to the World Cup.
Pat McCarry and Jason Hennessy were joined in the House of Rugby studio by former Munster and Ireland centre, James Downey. They hit upon a host of topics, from the Six Nations' best players, Andy Farrell's impact as head coach, World Cup squad chat and 'Is Johnny Sexton Ireland's best ever player?'
We also heard from Andy Farrell, Johnny Sexton, Tommy Bowe and, ahead of the Women's Six Nations, Ireland captain Nichola Fryday. LISTEN to that full episode now:
Andy Farrell on his Grand Slam side
"What’s very pleasing is that we’re not a side who just kicks the leather off the ball and just goes for territory the whole time," Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said after his side's Grand Slam-clinching win over England.
"We’re a side that likes to play some rugby, and territory and possession is pretty important for us and we still find a way how to generate good field position and dominate large parts of games. And it’s nice, isn’t it, to have that blend and to put that out on the field and believe in it?
"So our game’s in good shape but it’s nowhere near where we want it to be, so that’s a great spot to be in."
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