Joe Schmidt has moved the goalposts like Roy Keane did

It’s a great time to be involved in Irish rugby, says Ronan O’Gara

It’s important to reflect and take stock of what has happened to Irish rugby this month. No harm to get it down on paper.

‘Unprecedented’ is a word that gets tossed around too liberally for my liking. But in November, Ireland was named world team of the year, they beat the All Blacks, prepared by the world coach of the year and at number 10, they had the world player of the year.

Had Johnny Sexton not been up there on that podium, it might have been Tadhg Furlong, Conor Murray or James Ryan. Had it been, could anyone demur?

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