Don't blame coach for failures – Donnacha Ryan
DECLAN KIDNEY and his coaches should not be blamed for the players' failures, according to Donnacha Ryan, WRITES CONOR GEORGE.
The Munster lock has rowed into the discussion about the national coach's position and has given his backing to Kidney and his team.
"Obviously, Declan doesn't throw any passes. At the end of the day, it's all down to us to try and get the result out there," said Ryan.
"He and the coaching staff, their preparation has been fantastic."
"I don't think the criticism is warranted. Declan has created a fantastic environment for us and it is just unfortunate the results haven't gone the way we would have liked.".
"I think he is doing great and is providing us with the tools we need to be successful. He definitely creates a very good environment for us to do our business in and that's exactly what you want.
"We're all in this together, we all work together.
"We all have a lot of opinions on how we should develop and that's the important thing, that voices aren't going quiet now.
"It's more a case of where do we go from here. The meeting we had this morning was very good and we are building towards France and our next game," he added.
Ryan is confident of his own chances of being fit for the game. He suffered yet another injury during the loss to Scotland, this time suffering from a bang to his shoulder.
He has been playing through the pain barrier in this year's Six Nations Championship and has taken a lot of punishment in the matches. He is constantly nursing his back, but is determined to do what he can for the team.
"I put pressure on myself to get on the field no matter what, I suppose. As people might say: 'I'd give my left arm to play for Ireland' – I definitely would," said Ryan. "I give my whole body to do it and that is not saying it lightly.
"Look, everybody puts so much into trying to play for Ireland that the bottom line is you would try to go through any pain barriers to do it."
Meanwhile, Stephen Ferris has, as expected, undergone further surgery on his ankle to remove fragments of bone and will miss the rest of the season and the Lions tour.