Monday 20 November 2017

'He must be considered' - Luke Fitzgerald on Sean Cronin as a possible Lions bolter

Sean Cronin was in flying form at the weekend
Sean Cronin was in flying form at the weekend
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Luke Fitzgerald believes Leinster hooker Sean Cronin would be an ideal candidate for the upcoming Lions tour of New Zealand.

Every Monday, The Left Wing  features the former Leinster and Ireland man's unique blend of analysis and opinion as he takes you inside the game to give an honest and informed assessment of the performance of the Ireland team and the four provinces.

Cronin used a deceptive change of pace to leave Welsh outhalf Dan Biggar for dead in Leinster's 18-20  victory over the Ospreys.

It was a first senior start after returning from a hamstring injury and Fitzgerald believes he could be a late bolter for Warren Gatland's Lions squad and said he must start for Leinster against Clermont if they are to have any chance of winning.

"I just think he's something extra to have on the bench," he said.

"Where Ireland really missed him, no disrespect to (Niall) Scannell, was that Welsh game We needed the bench to get us back in the game and Sean Cronin is a key component in that.

"It would be a mistake not to consider him (for the Lions tour) at the very least.

"He's so dynamic, He has 50 caps for Ireland. He's done it at the highest level and he's done well against New Zealand a few times as well.

"I think he'd be a great guy to bring on the tour."

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