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    The Great Girv and Argentina


    Eddie O'Sullivan insists the solidity offered by Girvan Dempsey
    outweighs his perceived lack of attacking talent in a position the
    Ireland coach compares to a goalkeeper.



    Dempsey has nudged aside the error-prone but more naturally gifted
    Geordan Murphy to reclaim the full-back duties during this year's RBS 6
    Nations and produced his finest display yet in the 43-13 win against
    England.



    The 31-year-old Leinster three-quarter will win his 73rd cap at
    Murrayfield on Saturday and O'Sullivan revealed his calm authority is
    appreciated by his team-mates.



    He said: 'I've always been a fan of Girvan's - I've made no secret about that. As a full back he ticks all the boxes.



    'He's a very consistent player. Whether he has the football or not he's a superb tackler and his positional sense is excellent.



    'You rarely see him let a ball bounce because he always tends to be in
    the right position. He reads the game very well. Going forward he takes
    stick for not being able to do x, y or z. But he's very consistent with
    the ball, rarely losing it and running good lines.



    'Full-backs are like goalkeepers. It's great if they're exciting but if they're too exciting it can be a worry.



    'Girvan is a very solid, consistent player. That's what the 14 guys in
    the team want - they want someone who will deal with things.



    'That's what you need from your international full-back and Girvan does
    that. He has his critics but has been very consistent for Ireland.



    'He rarely has a poor match and is understated, but he had a
    magnificent game against England. He's in good form and produces on a
    weekly basis.



    'Girvan is a very good professional. He works extremely hard on every
    aspect of his game - whether it's his fitness skills, handling or
    defence.



    'Some players improve more spectacularly, having a good year and
    bursting ahead, but Girvan has been more consistent in his approach.'




    After Scotland, Dempsey should also retain the number 15 jersey for Ireland's Six Nations finale against Italy on March 17.



    But he could be one of the senior players rested for the summer tour to
    Argentina with O'Sullivan revealing he will use the two-Test trip to
    experiment.


    @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">
    He said: 'The Argentina tour will have a role to play in development in
    the way the autumn internationals did, and probably more so.@@@@/SPAN><br style="font-weight: bold;">
    <br style="font-weight: bold;">@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">
    'There might be an opportunity against Argentina to give guys some Test time. We have established our starting 15 and 22.@@@@/SPAN><br style="font-weight: bold;">
    <br style="font-weight: bold;">@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">
    'Now we must supplement that to make up the 30 for the World Cup. There
    are places up for grabs and Argentina will play a part of that.@@@@/SPAN><br style="font-weight: bold;">
    <br style="font-weight: bold;">@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">
    'But for the Six Nations it's important to play our strongest side in
    every game. It's our bread and butter and benchmark for the year.'
    @@@@/SPAN>So the 1st XV will play the 1st test and then a mix and match, good stuff [img]smileys/thumb-up.gif[/img]@@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">
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    #2
    Where does it say that ?

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      #3

      Originally posted by Point
      Where does it say that ?
      It doesnt, Im trying to annoy people.

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        #4


        It doesn't.


        Where did this come from E-Paddy? I'll take a guess and say Losser Kelly - he probably would describe a full-back as a "three-quarter".[img]smileys/rolleyes.gif[/img]
        \"This year is different because this year they won\'t beat snow off a rope. They\'ll revert back to type and get 6 shades of s**t bate out of them in the group stages of the HEC ...\" Tobyglen 21 Sept 2010

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          #5

          RTE</font></font>

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            #6
            Originally posted by Combatlogo


            It doesn't.


            Where did this come from E-Paddy? I'll take a guess and say Losser Kelly - he probably would describe a full-back as a "three-quarter".[img]smileys/rolleyes.gif[/img]


            Why "Losser" ?

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              #7


              I believe he had a headline when the players/management refused to speak to him which stated something along the lines of "Irish Fans the Lossers".
              Shameless self promotion time ladies and gents!
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                #8


                As others have said there's no point in playing the A team - you need to see how certain players will play with the regulars alongside them. That said, there are a couple of lads who need to be protected.


                For one test 'd like to see a team of...


                1. Young 2. Fla 3. S Best 4. MOD 5. POC 6.N Best 7.Jennings 8. Heaslip 9.Boss 10. Wallace 11. Hickie 12. D'arcy 13. Trimble 14. Bowe 15. Kearney


                for the other maybe...


                1. Horan 2. R Best 3. Bracken 4. DOC 5. Hogan/ MOK 6.Quinlan 7.Wallace 8. Heaslip 9. Reddan 10. Wallace (Staunton??) 11. Kearney 12. Trimble 13.B Murphy?? 14. Horgan 15. Murphy/ Fitzgerald.


                We know what Easterby, Stringer, Dempseyoffer and we need to protect ROG, Bull, BOD. Could leave Leamy at home as well as plenty options in that area. Would ideally leave D'arcy out as well but there just aren't that many centres that are in with a shout really.

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                  #9

                  I would never play Trimble at 12. If D'Arcy got injured BOD would go to 12 and Trimble at 13 so no need to try that. The rest looks reasonable. Quinlan wont tour though and Gleeson rightly or not seems to be ahead of Jennings.

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                    #10


                    I've stuck mainly with your team Sin but made a few changes, would like to see more continuity over the 2 tests with players who play together provincially or just leaving units develop a bit more.


                    First Test


                    1.Young 2. Fla 3. S Best 4. MOD 5. POC 6.N Best 7.Jennings 8. Heaslip 9.Boss 10. Wallace 11. Hickie 12. D'arcy 13. Trimble 14. Bowe 15. Kearney/Fitzgerald.


                    16. R. Best 17. Bracken 18. Hogan 19. Wallace 20. Reddan 21. Stan 22. Kearney/Fitzgerald


                    Second Test


                    1. Young 2. R Best 3. S. Best 4. DOC 5. Hogan 6.Keogh 7.Wallace 8. Heaslip 9. Reddan 10. Wallace11. Hickie 12.Quinlan? 13.Trimble 14. Horgan 15.Fitzgerald/Kearney (whoever started the first test)


                    16.Fla 17. Bracken 18. MOD 19. N. Best 20. Boss 21. Stan 22. Kearney/Fitzgerald
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                    Munster: HEC Champions 2007/2008
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                      #11
                      Just the shot of confidence Geordan Murphy needed.[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]

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                        #12
                        "Eddie loves Girv", tell us something we dont know. next they'll be telling us that "The pope is catholic shock"
                        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again (like picking Gordon D'Arcy) and expecting different results.
                        Albert Einstein

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                          #13


                          Can anyone tell me if the WC squad has to be picked before or after the two tests in August?

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                            #14
                            Well after I'd imagine, presumably after the two warm-up games.
                            \"This year is different because this year they won\'t beat snow off a rope. They\'ll revert back to type and get 6 shades of s**t bate out of them in the group stages of the HEC ...\" Tobyglen 21 Sept 2010

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                              #15


                              Originally posted by Mcork
                              "Eddie loves Girv", tell us something we dont know. next they'll be telling us that "The pope is catholic shock"

                              ...or "Mcork hates Eddie"! [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

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