Published: 16:25 | 30/10/19

D’Arcy calls for independent Ireland review

Former Ireland and Leinster centre Gordon D’Arcy has called on the IRFU to conduct an ‘independent, unbiased and anonymous’ review as to why the Irish squad failed to deliver at this year’s World Cup.

After winning a Grand Slam, winning a series in Australia and beating the All Blacks in 2018, Ireland’s form plummeted this year as the side fell to five defeats between the loss to England at the start of the Six Nations in February and the 46-14 drubbing at the hands of the All Blacks in the World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo a fortnight ago.

Much of the campaign in Japan was characterised by underwhelming performances on the pitch and D’Arcy has called for a comprehensive review to find out what went wrong.

The eir sport pundit was part of the 2007 and 2011 World Cup campaigns, both of which ended in disappointing quarter-final defeats, and feels that a more detailed and far-reaching review is required compared to what happened in the aftermath of those tournaments.

"We will never fully know what went wrong. I say this because I don’t remember a full review (after 2007 and 2011),” he wrote in the Irish Times.

"There was an e-mail, a quick survey, but nothing deep-rooted and more importantly anonymous; an opportunity to provide insight about the coaching set-up to ensure our employers avoided making the same mistakes.

"There is an opportunity to offer the Irish players an independent, unbiased and anonymous review to know with certainty what went wrong.

"I’m not holding my breath this will happen but seeking the opinions of Rory Best right down to Jordan Larmour about how they saw events from January to now should be the IRFU’s primary duty before Andy Farrell formally takes over.

"Physically the players are looked after better than any other nations but psychologically something went awry."

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