Thursday 22 February 2018

Five players who could be left out of Argentina tour

Jonathan Sexton in action for Ireland
Jonathan Sexton in action for Ireland
David Kelly

David Kelly

Johnny Sexton: It is quite preposterous that Ireland could even contemplate bringing the out-half – ironically, one who has regularly sustained injury on Ireland duty, despite the thinly-veiled disgust in some quarters of the IRFU that he chose to earn his hard-earned wages in France. Anyway, Schmidt needs to strengthen his out-half reserve options.

Mike Ross: In some cases, age profile and depth options form valid arguments for exclusion. Ross, beneath whom are a burgeoning list of challengers, presents a perfect example.

Gordon D'Arcy: There is an argument that the alternative to Brian O'Driscoll needs to play alongside D'Arcy. However, there is a greater argument which suggests that Schmidt needs to secure knowledge on his preferred alternative to D'Arcy.

Conor Murray: It seems as if Murray has been on a treadmill since breaking through to the 2011 World Cup squad. He has responded to every challenge, culminating in a Lions tour and a starring role in a Six Nations title-winning team. He does not need 'prospered in Argentina' on his CV – he needs a rest.

Rob Kearney: The logic here is that the returning three-quarters – Keith Earls, Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo and Luke Fitzgerald – need to experience international rugby under Schmidt. Kearney doesn't.

Irish Independent

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