As a sign off to what has proved a remarkable year for Irish rugby, this largely back up Irish side couldn’t have done much more.
Eight tries scored against a USA side that was far better than the 43 point margin of victory may suggest from a side with just one player (Garry Ringrose) that started against New Zealand will have pleased Joe Schmidt no end.
Will it have done enough to convince the coach to extend his stay beyond next year’s World Cup?
Unfortunately, it appears not.
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