Saturday 17 February 2018

'If you watch that guy train, he's classy' - Luke Fitzgerald on the Leinster number 10 who would do a 'serious job' for Ulster

15 December 2017; Cathal Marsh of Leinster A is tackled by George Kloska and Jack Capon of Bristol during the British & Irish Cup Round 4 match between Leinster A and Bristol at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
15 December 2017; Cathal Marsh of Leinster A is tackled by George Kloska and Jack Capon of Bristol during the British & Irish Cup Round 4 match between Leinster A and Bristol at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Ulster are facing a bit of a crisis at out-half after a deal for World Cup-winning All Black Stephen Donald fell through - but Luke Fitzgerald thinks that a solution could be found at Leinster.

The move for Donald was called off after the 35-year-old was injured in his last game in Japan before travelling to Belfast, with the northern province set to turn to academy ten Johnny McPhillips for the remainder of the season.

McPhillips is a bright prospect, having piloted Ireland to the U20 World Cup final in 2016, but Fitzgerald thinks Ulster would benefit from dipping into Leinster's strength in depth.

Cathal Marsh is the fourth choice out-half for Leo Cullen's side behind Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery and Ross Byrne, and has seen his opportunities limited this season.

Speaking on The Left Wing this week, Independent.ie's rugby podcast in association with Laya Healthcare, Fitzgerald explained why he thinks Marsh would be a good fit with Ulster.

"Cathal Marsh is a lovely player," Fitzgerald said.

"Cathal Marsh, I'm telling you know, he is a guy who has kind of drifted off the scene. One bad match against Wasps last year in a team that was being walloped and he was written off and has gone off the spectrum. If you watch that guy in training, he is classy. He could do a serious job up there.

"He is game as well, he is a good little tackler. He is kind of a bit like [Joey] Carbery who probably hasn't had enough exposure kicking at the highest level but you might not need that at Ulster anyway.

"Guys like that, we need to be spreading it around."

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