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Sunday 22 October 2017

Keith Earls can have a huge impact on Six Nations

Keith Earls, Ireland Wolfhounds, breaks through the tackle of Elliot Daly, England Saxons
Keith Earls, Ireland Wolfhounds, breaks through the tackle of Elliot Daly, England Saxons

Last weekend's Ireland Wolfhounds match was a bit of a damp squib, but the one bright light was Keith Earls getting a full 80 minutes under his belt. That's great news for Munster and Ireland.

When you are out for that long it can be tough to work your way back to full fitness, and harder again to find match sharpness. But Keith looks right on song.

He could be the one to watch from a Munster perspective for the Six Nations and he could play a huge part for Ireland, be it on the wing, at full-back or in the centre where I'd play him.

He is coming from behind the eight-ball a little bit because he just has three appearances under his belt, but if he's impressing in training Joe Schmidt will give him his shot.

Credit must go to Munster too. They didn't rush him back, he was allowed to go through all the return-to-play processes and it looks to have paid off.

He clearly has bulked up, which can help him avoid knocks down the line.

He is an elusive runner, can make breaks better than anyone in the Irish midfield and could provide the piece of magic needed to win Six Nations games.

Irish Independent

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