Give Cronin chance against italy
Published 01/01/2011 | 05:00
As attention turns to the run-in towards the Six Nations -- via the final two rounds of the Heineken Cup group stages -- what about this as a starting XV to take on the Italians in Rome first up, based on recent form?
The November Internationals and December Heineken Cup fixtures are the yardstick here, and of course a clean bill of health from now on is presumed.
My Ireland selection to face Italy on Saturday, February 5: G Murphy (Leicester); T Bowe (Ospreys), B O'Driscoll, Captain (Leinster), G D'Arcy (Leinster), L Fitzgerald (Leinster); J Sexton (Leinster), T O'Leary (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), S Cronin (Connacht), M Ross (Leinster); D O'Callaghan (Munster), P O'Connell (Munster); S Ferris (Ulster), S O'Brien (Leinster), J Heaslip (Leinster).