@mariner4life said in NH International Rugby:
hey, Derm's back! must be 6N time.
Which i am really looking forward to actually
How's the mood around Ireland for this year?
Cautiously optimistic that we might win a game decently. Farrell now the Head Boy, Easterby remains with the forwards, Fogarty comes in from Leinster as National Scrum Coach to replace Feek, and Mike Catt added for the attack which has garnered very black and white reviews of the he's shit/he's smart variety. I thought he did ok with O'Shea in putting some gas into the Italian backline and their newbie players coming through.
I think Farrell's selection of a good few younger players is giving cause for optimism, and lots of talk about a stronger attacking game - we'll see. First squad named later today.
My guess is:
Kilcoyne, Herring, Furlong
Stander, vdF, Doris
Reps: Kelleher, Healy,Porter, Dillane, Deegan, Cooney, Byrne, Conway
Caelan Doris is competing with Max Deegan to take over the No 8 slot, with Doris the more specialist of the two - likely to be the next Jamie Heaslip. Stander and O'Mahony to compete for 6 shirt shirt, with van der Flier in pole position on No 7 shirt until Dan Leavy recovers from his knee injury later this season. Big debate on whether John Cooney, the form scrum half at Ulster in Europe this season would start ahead of Murray, but Murray has been coming back into form, so more likely a bench spot for him. Rónan Kelleher is the other interesting bolter - 20 year old hooker who started with Leinster with a bang straight out of the academy picking up 8 tries in as many games. Best retired, Cronin and Scannell not picked. He could have the No 2 shirt before season is out.