If Saracens are to beat Munster at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow afternoon, they will have to do something no other English team have managed to do this season: win in Ireland.
Five times English clubs have travelled across the Irish Sea in this year’s competition and five times they have come up short. And that is before you take into account England’s Six Nations defeat by Ireland at the Aviva last month, a match which featured a good number of tomorrow afternoon’s players.
It is difficult to explain exactly why Ireland has so often proved the graveyard of English ambitions “I honestly don’t know,” said Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll this week when asked about the phenomenon. “It’s just a tough place to go and play, particularly when the provinces are in good shape as they are now. The grounds are intimidating, be it the Sportsground [in Galway] or Thomond Park, or the RDS. And you get...
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