The postponement of Ireland's Guinness Six Nations matches has interrupted Andy Farrell's first season as head coach but there may be a silver lining, says Eddie O'Sullivan.
With sporting events across the globe falling victim to the Covid 19 pandemic nobody is sure if and when games, in all codes, that are currently scheduled for April and beyond will go ahead.
However, as it stands, Ireland will head off to Australia for a two-Test tour in July.
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And as unlikely as is seems two bonus-point wins from their remaining games against Italy and France would see Ireland crowned champions.
The enforced break in the tournament may afford Farrell, who took over from Joe Schmidt after the World Cup, a chance to work on some areas that were badly exposed in the 24-12 defeat to England, according to O'Sullivan.
"He is on a bit of a journey," O'Sullivan, who was head coach of Ireland from 2002 to 2008, told the RTÉ Rugby podcast.
"Your first season in charge is about setting out your stall and that means getting things to run the way you want them to run.
"I mean he's not the same coach as Joe Schmidt.
"He's going to do things differently and that might be just operational, it could be communication, obviously tactics.
"It's hard enough to do that in the build-up to a Six Nations because the time is very short.
"Despite the fact we knew he was taking over, he really didn't get his hands on the players, only for a few sessions before the Six Nations so he's still in that space where he's trying to set out his stall and get his stamp on the team.
"I think the summer tour is a great way to do that because you're away from Ireland. There is not a huge amount of people following exactly what's going on because people tend to dial out in the summer.
"We are aware they are going on, we watch the games but we are not as engaged. So he has that space to spend that tour getting everybody on the same page exactly as he wants them.
"I think when he comes back in the autumn he is probably in a better place to have a tilt at the final two games and maybe win the championship, depending on how the results go.
"I would think it's not the worst thing in the world.
"The fact that the last game of the championship for them was a really bad outing in Twickenham will leave a sour taste in your mouth and that sour taste doesn't go away but he can certainly prepare to get rid of it in the autumn."
While the Six Nations have not indicated when the outstanding games involving Ireland, England, Italy and France will go ahead, late October is being viewed a possible window for action.