Irish call on Alain Rolland for help

    Irish rugby bosses are determined to stamp out the disciplinary problems that affected the side against Italy and France and have called on Alain Rolland for advice ahead of Sunday’s clash with Scotland.

    The Irish team got on the wrong side of referees Romain Poite and Dave Pearson in their first two outings this season and want to ensure there is no repeat this weekend. Rolland, a former Irish scrum half, who refereed the 2007 World Cup final, was called into training camp on Wednesday to help ensure Ireland do not fall foul of Nigel Owens at Murrayfield.

    Ireland were consistently penalised at scrum-time by Poite against Italy and at the breakdown by Pearson against France and these were areas Rolland addressed in training.

    “From time to time we ask referees to come in and help us out in order to keep the penalty count low on match day,” said an Ireland spokesperson.

    “It is valuable assistance across the board, with the scrum, the line-out, the breakdown and tackle areas and it is great to have someone of Alain’s capability and calibre available.”

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