There’s absolutely no upside to Irish defeat to England

Eddie Jones insists Ireland must shoulder the burden of being the best team in the world when England visit Dublin.

Make a case, urged the email from the sports editor, that it’s a good thing, in the long run, to lose the Six Nations opener at home to England this weekend.

Can’t make that case, I responded. It will be a very short column.

Ah, he replied, but see how Exeter came to Thomond Park and almost did a number on Munster. Won’t that serve Johann van Graan well?

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