Tony Ward: Earls has the edge to fill huge void left by O’Driscoll
Events in Exeter last Saturday were never likely to have any great impact on tomorrow's announcement of the Ireland team to play Wales -- it would have taken a sensational individual performance to sway Declan Kidney.
Like the head coach, I wish there were more Wolfhounds matches. Seeing players out of their provincial comfort zone is immensely informative.
Quite apart from the obvious skill-set required for this level of competition, what Kidney is looking out for is how players adapt to an alien environment, how they cope against a higher standard of opposition and how their temperament stands up on that stage.