Wednesday 22 November 2017

Back-row class is on show here too

Jack O’Donohgue Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Jack O’Donohgue Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

David Wallace

It's been a very long time since I've seen such a depth of talent in both Irish and Munster Rugby, and it bodes well for the future when a new name pops up every week across the Guinness Pro12, writes David Wallace.

Last weekend Conor Oliver got man of the match for his outstanding personal display against Glasgow Warriors at the weekend, but this is by no means his breakthrough appearance either.

When you look across the divide at Leinster, there is such talent in their back-row and everyone mentions the likes of Jamie Heaslip, Seán O'Brien and Josh van der Flier, but Munster are right up there now.

CJ Stander missed last weekend, and Peter O'Mahony was only among the replacements but the three guys who started in the back-row for Munster acquitted themselves very well.

I don't think Jean Deysel could have had a bigger impact on his debut. His first collision on Scotland international Alex Dunbar, forced the Glasgow centre off, and he looks like another fantastic signing. 

Jack O'Donoghue continues to grow into his role as a leader at No 8, and he is another with serious potential, and Oliver just goes from strength to strength with every game I see him play. Things look very healthy at Munster right now.

Irish Independent

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