Saturday 17 March 2018

Find a clear no1 to play at no10

Tony ward

I couldn't name Ireland's No 1 out-half. More to the point, I doubt Declan Kidney could either. Changing the pivotal playmaker on a tweedledum- tweedledee basis is not good for continuity or core organisation.

Both Jonny Sexton and Ronan O'Gara are class acts -- what would Brunel give to have either one driving the Italian bus this afternoon? -- but I'm not too sure the indecision is serving either player well.

And lest it is forgotten, O'Gara was at the heart of that five-star Irish performance against Italy at the World Cup.

Irish Independent

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