An ideal opportunity for Schmidt to give Luke McGrath (surely the future No 9 after Murray retires/moves to France) some game time… lost.
An ideal opportunity to give Larmour a start… lost.
An ideal opportunity to give James Ryan more international game time (alongside Toner or Henderson)… lost.
At lease he is starting Jack Conan.
Hopefully, Ireland can actually score a few tries this time, secure the win early and give the newer faces on the bench as much time as possible.