Ireland star 'loves' controversial tactic despite 'abuse of the safety laws' claim
2024/02/08

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Ireland's Jack Conan is enjoying the 6-2 split that Andy Farrell has implemented for the Irish bench in this year's Six Nations. Previously, Farrell had been hesitant to favor six forwards and two backs on the bench, but he has now embraced the tactic. The Springboks popularized this strategy during the 2019 Rugby World Cup with their "Bomb Squad." Despite the risks involved, such as potential pressure in the backline due to injuries, having nearly a whole new pack in the latter stages of matches makes the risk worthwhile. France has regularly used the 6-2 split, and Ireland saw the benefits in their victory over France in the opening game of the Six Nations. However, there have been critics of the tactic, including media pundit Matt Williams, who believes it abuses the safety law. Conan, after experiencing the 6-2 split with Ireland, expressed his love for the tactic and the energy it brings. He appreciates focusing on one role instead of having to cover multiple positions. Ireland will now face Italy in round two of the Six Nations as they aim for a back-to-back Grand Slam double.

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