Wednesday 7 December 2016

O'Driscoll talks up Ireland calls

Published 24/02/2011 | 05:00

Brian O'Driscoll. Photo: Getty Images
Brian O'Driscoll. Photo: Getty Images

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll says communication is not an issue for the players ahead of Sunday's showdown with Scotland, writes Hugh Farrelly.

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Earlier this week, backs coach Alan Gaffney said communication problems were a factor in Ireland's narrow defeat to France, but O'Driscoll does not believe it is a concern ahead of the trip to Edinburgh.

"For me it has been as vocal as it has (ever) been," said O'Driscoll. "You have to be careful and not have too many talkers. You want the right type of communication, but not everyone saying their piece because you end up with too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

"We're trying to make sure people are speaking at the right time and, if everyone has that mindset, then, hopefully, collectively it will come together right."

Ireland have made three changes to the side that lost to the French with Ronan O'Gara replacing Jonathan Sexton at out-half, the fit-again Tommy Bowe returning to the right wing at the expense of Fergus McFadden, while Eoin Reddan comes in at scrum-half after Tomas O'Leary was ruled out with a back spasm yesterday morning.

Game management became a topic of debate after the France game, with the contention that Ireland should have kicked more and O'Driscoll said there needs to be a more thoughtful approach against a Scottish side that shows seven changes to the one that flopped against Wales.

"We have to cut out a small few errors that have cost us dearly," said O'Driscoll. "We have to play a smart game. "

Irish Independent

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