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The Breakdown: Rónan Kelleher is fast becoming too influential not to start for Ireland

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Ireland's Rónan Kelleher is tackled by Italy's Sebastian Negri during the recent Six Nations clash at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Photo: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

Ireland's Rónan Kelleher is tackled by Italy's Sebastian Negri during the recent Six Nations clash at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Photo: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

Ireland's Rónan Kelleher is tackled by Italy's Sebastian Negri during the recent Six Nations clash at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Photo: Roberto Bregani/Sportsfile

But for a couple of previous cases of the yips, Rónan Kelleher would most likely be Ireland’s first-choice hooker by now. That much is becoming clearer with each passing Test match.

The primary function of any hooker will always be to nail his or her lineout throwing, but what Kelleher offers Ireland around the pitch is too important to ignore.


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