The respective captains of Ireland and England, who have also played together for the British and Irish Lions, certainly appeared to enjoy themselves as they put their strategic disc-dropping skills to the test.
Farrell was the apparent victor, with Irish Rugby’s official Twitter feed then sharing some amusing post-match ‘analysis’ from Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.
Asked if Farrell’s success represented a bad omen for Ireland, a grinning Schmidt said: “Not really – I think it’s trying to offer them a little bit of false confidence.
“Rory, as a Connect 4 player, I think he’s got real potential. He’s part of a front row of three, so he would have been struggling on that fourth one.”
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 23, 2019
I now make England favourites in Dublin. Far off look in Best’s eyes, steely focus in Farrell’s. The fly-half has a nice pivot going on there, with a grounded disk in the corner for diagonals. He’s sucked Best in with a fake dog-leg. Alex Sanderson effect. pic.twitter.com/Z98tOVeWV9
— Alex Shaw (@alexshawsport) January 23, 2019
Ireland did, of course, manage a run of five in a row during last year’s Six Nations as they completed a Grand Slam.
They host England in a mouth-watering opening-round contest next weekend, when a battle of far greater intensity than Wednesday’s fun and games can be anticipated.
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