Wednesday 20 September 2017

Tiernan's the perfect fit for captain's role

Tiernan O’Halloran Picture: Sportsfile
Tiernan O’Halloran Picture: Sportsfile

Connacht have finally found a ready-made replacement captain for John Muldoon, with Tiernan O'Halloran an ideal fit for the job.

Muldoon has obviously signed on for another year, but in time he will step away from that role, and Tiernan has proven himself worthy of the responsibility going forward.

For the second season running he is undoubtedly the best full-back playing in the Pro12 on a consistent basis and he always seems to have a spark in him - even when he's going backwards, or if his team are struggling.

With Tiernan's age profile, and the fact he plays well every weekend, he's highly respected, an international class player and he looks like the best man to take over.

Amazingly he only turns 26 on Sunday, so he still has plenty of years of rugby ahead of him if he can stay injury free.

And two weeks ago against Cardiff Blues he showed the best example of where his head is at right now.

Right after Jack Carty missed a crucial drop-goal that would have given Connacht the lead at Cardiff Arms Park, Tiernan dropped into the pocket and took on the responsibility himself.

It was a cool finish from him, and it was just another example of how nothing fazes him. He has a bright future ahead of him with Connacht and Ireland.

Irish Independent

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