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    Most pundits, both in the media and on discussion boards like these, have O'Brien/Stander/POM pencilled in as automatic starters when fit. But Dan Leavy has been making a great case for himself, despite injury setbacks. He had another blinder against Munster yesterday, and also showed he is equally comfortable at 7 or 6. Meanwhile, Conan is confirming that he not a flash in the pan, but is a hard, tough No.8 with a lot of speed and athleticism, who has a very good all-round game. Ruddock was looking good before injury too.
    Schmidt will have a hard time selecting the best back row for the 6N.
    A fit SOB probably has to be in there somewhere (and he can play 6,7,8) which would leave two slots for the other contenders. Leavy is starting to look to good to leave out (though you could make an argument for him as an impact player off the bench.) There are several possible combinations, though Joe tends to stick whith what he knows.
    Erse end of nowhere

    #2
    Originally posted by Spiffy View Post
    Most pundits, both in the media and on discussion boards like these, have O'Brien/Stander/POM pencilled in as automatic starters when fit. But Dan Leavy has been making a great case for himself, despite injury setbacks. He had another blinder against Munster yesterday, and also showed he is equally comfortable at 7 or 6. Meanwhile, Conan is confirming that he not a flash in the pan, but is a hard, tough No.8 with a lot of speed and athleticism, who has a very good all-round game. Ruddock was looking good before injury too.
    Schmidt will have a hard time selecting the best back row for the 6N.
    A fit SOB probably has to be in there somewhere (and he can play 6,7,8) which would leave two slots for the other contenders. Leavy is starting to look to good to leave out (though you could make an argument for him as an impact player off the bench.) There are several possible combinations, though Joe tends to stick whith what he knows.
    Think it's more maybe they have to cement their spot at Leinster first

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      #3
      Indeed SOB/CJ/PoM are the starters but probably there's a decent change that sometime during the five games one might get injured (Fingers crossed it won't happen). It's good to know that we have this kind of back-up available.

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        #4
        Originally posted by MunsterBakery View Post
        Think it's more maybe they have to cement their spot at Leinster first

        Indeed. VDF started Leinsters recent ERCC home game ahead of Leavy.

        There were a few of us who wondered on here about that, my own theory being that of the two Leavy could cover 6 better if he had to, hence the bench spot.

        Leavy is an excellent player and certainly has a big future for both his province and for Ireland.

        Irish Backrow selection is going to be interesting come the 6 Nations, which is only a few weeks away now.

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          #5
          Pretty disrespectful that there's no discussion about Max Deegan.
          The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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            #6
            POM/SOB/Stander are undefeated as a combination and have excelled on each occasion, I don't think there's any real discussion on changing something that is working extremely well although all 3 will know they can't afford to let their standards drop given what's behind them.

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              #7
              You'd have to be looking at a back five of Dillane, Ryan, Hendy, Max & Leavy now
              Last edited by ustix; 27th-December-2017, 22:48.
              Gwan Joe!!

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                #8
                It’s not just about the players game individually, it’s what they bring as a unit and what Schmidt wants. That Lions 6/7/8 is Ireland’s best balanced back row. Ultimately I can’t imagine all 3 being fit for the whole 6 Nations so we’ll probably see rotation but those three players are excellent players on their own but they’re an elite back row combination together.
                Last edited by Stringer9; 28th-December-2017, 01:11.
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