Thursday 19 October 2017

Brian O'Driscoll uses an old Irish phrase to highlight why Garry Ringrose should make the Lions squad

Garry Ringrose could be able to exploit Aurélien Rougerie's lack of pace, according to Brian O'Driscoll (inset)
Garry Ringrose could be able to exploit Aurélien Rougerie's lack of pace, according to Brian O'Driscoll (inset)

Harry Clarke

Brian O'Driscoll says Garry Ringrose is the man he would want in the trenches and has urged Warren Gatland to include the Leinster centre in the Lions squad this Wednesday.

22-year-old Ringrose has consistently impressed for Joe Schmidt's Ireland as well as in the blue of Leinster but O'Driscoll is fearful that Gatland will opt for more familiar faces when he names his squad.

"He's got to be close, he does," O'Driscoll told the Telegraph. "The thing about him is that he's a player for all seasons. He's shown that, and I think that's what differentiates him from other centres that look similar in the way they play the game, without naming names – I think it's pretty obvious who I'm talking about.

"I think Garry Ringrose is someone I'd like in the trenches as much as I'd like on the hard ground of Loftus Versfeld. No matter who the opposition or what the conditions are, He's there for the fight. He's got fight in him.

"I just don't know whether Warren Gatland is a big enough fan of him right now to select him, but he would be a really good addition to the Lions squad in my opinion."

Ringrose's playing style has been likened to that of O'Driscoll himself and BOD has lauded the Leinster man's natural ability.

"He’s a real flair to his game as well, not that Joe limits players' flair. Garry's natural ability is very evident but he is very diligent in terms of playing within a structure or a gameplan of a team. He’s a very, very good team player.

"We've got a phrase in Ireland – a 'me feiner', who is someone who only thinks about themselves. He is the antithesis of that. He'll impress when the going is fast and he'll also be there when you need people to dig in."

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