The Ireland U20s and the seniors have not only completed Grand Slams on the same weekend, but they have both done so playing an attractive attacking style.
Yes, the U20s have been more dominant and play in a less pressurised environment - allowing them to be a bit looser - but both they and their senior counterparts clearly have similar core values in how they want to play the game.
Speaking on Virgin Sport after the Ireland U20s Grand Slam win, Matt Williams waxed lyrical on the key element to the success of both the U20s and the senior side.
Fast paced rugby with fast ruck time doesn't allow the defence to get organised. And if you have good skills to move the ball to space and god footwork prior to contact. All things we were not seeing from Irish rugby for a number of years.
The way Irish rugby is played, and France, and New Zealand, and it has to be said Australia are trying to but they have lesser skills, it does not allow rushing defence to dominate.
LQB, lightning quick ball, if you get LQB, as the Kiwi's call it, lightning quick ball at rucks, it destroys defences. And then you add offloads, which is what this team did, then attack dominates defence.
And that is brilliant for the game because ball is in play a lot more.
Ireland Complete Sensational U20s Six Nations Grand Slam With England Victory
Much like the senior side, the Ireland U20s won their Grand Slam by playing expressive, fast-paced rugby.@AlanQuinlan1 & @MattRCNM discuss the easy on the eye style that can be seen all through Irish rugby at the moment. #IREvENG #U20SixNations pic.twitter.com/juxQrqPxrv
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"We would have always looked to other teams, particularly New Zealand, the All Blacks, what are they doing?", added his punditry partner Alan Quinlan
"What way are they attacking? What new line out do they have?
"These guys can look upstairs and see what Ireland are doing.
"The way they're being coached, I'm sure Richie Murphy is trying to implement similar stuff."