What links Taine Basham, Antoine Dupont, Cyril Baille and Pierre Schoeman in the context of Ireland’s performances in the 2022 Six Nations Championship?
The answer is that they were the only players to cross the Irish line during the tournament, a statistic that should be a feather in the cap of Ireland defence coach Simon Easterby.
There is no doubt that Italy having to play with 13 players (Hame Faiva, red card) and England with 14 (Charlie Ewels, red card) – matches in which Ireland did not give up a single try to their opponents – would have to be p …