2013 Six Nations: 5 Keys to Irish Victory Against Scotland

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2013 Six Nations: 5 Keys to Irish Victory Against Scotland
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W.B. Yeats once said of Ireland, "all changed, chaged utterly". He was speaking of a dark period in Irish history but his words would ring true for the current Irish rugby team and their embattled coach Declan Kidney.

Two weeks ago fans and media alike were rife with talk of Grand Slams and the birth of a new era. Defeat to England has dampened the mood considerable with noted pundits now calling for Kidney's head.

A string of injuries and a suspension mean Ireland are now missing a top player from each unit of the team. Ireland had accounted for the loss of key players Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris and Paul O'Connell but the new injuries have hit them hard.

Johnny Sexton is the fulcrum of the side, Gordon D'Arcy is a defensive linchpin and Simon Zebo adds an unpredictability to the back-line.

With his job on the line many predicted Kidney would go with the tried and tested, but in a bold move he has decided if he is to be pushed, he will go on his own terms.

And so an inexperienced Ireland side travel to meet a Scottish side buoyed by a big win against Italy. Win and they are still in the championship; lose and it may have serious ramifications.

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