Wednesday 16 October 2019

Lowe: Nothing beats Kearney's experience at full-back

James Lowe at the relaunch of the Tackle Your Feelings Mental Wellbeing App and Website yesterday. Photo: INPHO/Billy Stickland
James Lowe at the relaunch of the Tackle Your Feelings Mental Wellbeing App and Website yesterday. Photo: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Des Berry

James Lowe is convinced Rob Kearney has to be the full-back Ireland turn to as the World Cup heats up.

"I hope Rob's going to be fit and play 15," said the Leinster wing at the relaunch of the Tackle Your Feelings Mental Wellbeing App and Website yesterday.

This comes despite the back-three coach Joe Schmidt trusted against Scotland, with Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway and Jacob Stockdale all performing well.

There is just no substitute for experience when it comes to the grandest stage of all and Kearney has duly been named in the starting team for Saturday's clash with Japan,

"Rob, when it comes to a World Cup, he's the man you want there," said Lowe.

"You want someone awesome under the high ball, awesome in the backfield, makes good decisions,

"Not to say Jordan doesn't, but Rob's just ahead of him, he's been around a while," he added.

Lowe takes the Stuart Lancaster view, not the Joe Schmidt view, when it comes to Joey Carbery.

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"To me, he's like a 15 playing ten, not a ten who could play 15. That would be how I would see it," he said.

Always a straight shooter, Lowe has no problem rolling out his opinion. This even took in the differences that make Carbery a full-back and Jonathan Sexton an out-half.

"I think he (Carbery) is expansive, can create something out of nothing," said the 27-year-old. "If you look at Jonathan, he's the puppeteer, he's the dictator, in a way.

"Joey is a lot more free-flowing, he likes to run the ball more. He's got the skills set to play ten. I think in open space Joey is better playing from 15."

There is some merit in considering the Sexton-Carbery tandem alongside that of the Mo'unga-Barrett All Black combination.

"That would be the Irish version, wouldn't it? It definitely could work," he said.

But for Sexton and Carbery to work out, Rob Kearney and Jordan Larmour would have to be ruled out. That's not going to happen.

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