Wednesday 18 September 2019

Dave Kilcoyne and Tommy O'Donnell can feel aggrieved

Ireland's Dave Kilcoyne must have been disappointed not to get on against Australia
Ireland's Dave Kilcoyne must have been disappointed not to get on against Australia

David Wallace

It really has been a brilliant few weeks for Ireland and the Munster contingent involved in the squad, but I'm sure one or two of them would have loved a bit more game time.

Dave Kilcoyne and Tommy O'Donnell must have been disappointed not to get on against Australia. Both of them have been going very well for Munster and I expected them to be introduced to boost Ireland's defensive efforts with fresh legs.

On the other hand, Felix Jones must be delighted. He played some part in all three games, scored his first two Irish tries, and made a big impression.

Dave Foley seems to have climbed the rankings too and was called into the action early. I suspect he has overtaken Mike McCarthy for that bench role now.

Paul O'Connell continues to drive the standards for Ireland and was immense again. That late hit lifted the stadium and his value to Munster and Ireland cannot be underestimated.

Conor Murray also really stood up to the plate after Johnny Sexton went off and made some vital tackles in an unfamiliar position, while Simon Zebo had a great game too, and will be thrilled with his input.

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