Great to see Marmion cut it at top level
It was great to see Kieran Marmion take advantage of his opportunity and put in a really positive display for Ireland in their Six Nations victory over England last weekend, writes Johnny O'Connor.
Conor Murray is obviously No 1, he's world-class, and arguably the best scrum-half out there right now. So for Marmion to be pitting his skills against that calibre of player is brilliant for him, and for Connacht Rugby.
Marmion will only grow from every opportunity he gets at international level, and he showed a real maturity against England. Let's not forget he was playing against a team that were seeking a Grand Slam and a world record winning streak.
He was playing in such a pivotal position, and his distribution was fantastic; that's one thing he does differently to Murray, he's so fast to the breakdown and the ball is out of there straight away.
Obviously Marmion isn't on the same level as Murray, but they are two very different players. And I'm sure with time and experience, he can become a much better player and he could get to be one of the best out there in the future too.
For now, he returns to Connacht with bags of experience, and that will be crucial for the run-in where Connacht will lack the internationals returning from the Six Nations.