Five Wolfhounds who forwarded their claim for Six Nations inclusion
Ireland had a number of eye-catching performances on Saturday night in Kingsholm but will any of the Wolfhounds get the chance to sink their teeth into the Six Nations. We look at the top five.
1. Ian Madigan
In truly awful conditions, the Leinster flyhalf showed just how much he has matured over the past 18 months.
Madigan completely eclipsed the great white hope of English rugby Freddie Burns in all facets of the game.
His kicking game was top notch on a blustery evening at Kingsholm and he attacked the gainline with his usual vigour. His opportunistic try was evidence of a man with a point to prove, proving that point.
2. Isaac Boss
A big game from the New Zealand born scrum-half. Boss continually delivered quality quick ball for Madigan and was a constant threat with his sniping runs.
Eoin Reddan's form has limited his chances to shine at provincial level but he grabbed his chance on Saturday.
Still behind Reddan and number one choice Conor Murray but has ensured he's above Marmion in the pecking order.
3. Tommy O'Donnell
The rampaging Munster man has surely put himself into serious contention for inclusion over the coming weeks in the Six Nations.
The Munster man's controlled ferocity at the breakdown and teak-toughness in defence was evident throughout his 60 minutes on the field.
He was called ashore with 20 minutes remaining but has forwarded his claims and his discipline makes him a better option than Chris Henry at the moment.
4. Iain Henderson
Whether it will be in the second row or back row, the 21-year-old has a big future in the green shirt.
Henderson was immaculate in the lineout and is very athletic for his size.
Given his age profile, the best is most definitely yet to come from the Ulster forward but he is competing like an accomplished international right now.
5. Martin Moore
The tighthead prop must be breathing down Mike Ross' neck for a starting berth in Joe Schmidt's first-choice Six Nations XV.
Moore is scrummaging extremely well and is work in the loose trumps Ross'.
His added mobility is a major factor.