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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Luke Fitzgerald pinpoints vital error in Ireland defeat and calls for Joe Schmidt to make one change for England game

Robbie Henshaw in action against Wales and (inset) Luke Fitzgerald talks to Ruaidhri O'Connor after the match
Robbie Henshaw in action against Wales and (inset) Luke Fitzgerald talks to Ruaidhri O'Connor after the match

Luke Fitzgerald has called on Joe Schmidt to bring Peter O'Mahony into the Irish starting team for next weekend's final Six Nations clash against England at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland went down 22-9 to Wales in the Principality Stadium to end any hopes of a Championship win.

In a special episode of The Left Wing, Fitzgerald said: "Despite how they played, they still had two gilt-edged opportunities towards the end.

"That ball should have stayed in the scrum towards the end and obviously the line-out ball. Robbie (Henshaw) was our standout player today but that was an error at a crucial period. Very deflating.

"There was loads of times in the game when we were in good positions and we dropped it or we made some kind of errors. They're the things that Joe is very very hot on and he will be really disappointed and the guys will be really disappointed as well. They are better than they showed and Wales are better than they showed last week."

Fitzgerald also suggested that O'Mahony is one player who should be considered to start against England next week.

"I do agree that Peter O'Mahony has to fit in there somewhere.

"He adds too much around the pitch, he is a great leader - not that the other guys aren't. I think he has to slide in there somerwhere. I don't know who you drop, I really don't. It's a hard decision. What he adds to the lineout, it takes a lot of heat off Rory Best in there so he looks like he is a crucial component and I do think we should have brought the bench on  a little bit earlier."

Six Nations coverage on The Left Wing, in association with Aer Lingus, the official airline to the Irish rugby team.

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