- Apr 9, 2010
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Venue: Soldier Field
Time: 22:00 CAT (SA, GMT +2)
From Munster POV I'm delighted. We will hopefully have Peter for Friday night.27 man squad flying out to Chicago. No SOB, POM, Henderson, Marshall or Jackson.
Carbery in line to make his debut.
Finlay Bealham (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) (capt)
Joey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) *
Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht)
Tadgh Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)
Craig Gilroy (Bangor/Ulster)
Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)
Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) (vice-capt)
Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster)
Billy Holland (Cork Constitution/Munster) *
Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)
Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)
Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) *
Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
Jared Payne (Ulster)
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) *
Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)
John Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) *
Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster)
Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)
Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster)
Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)
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So we're looking at something like
4 Don Ryan
Holland, John Ryan, Luke McGrath, Gilroy on standby. There won't be too many changes from that side.
I'm expected a B/C team to face Italy, more than just Smith and Read will be rested. In an interview following the squad announcement a coach said that every player is going to play, so against Italy is when most will get a run out. As tempting as it is to see what a 1st team could do to them, I'd like to see:with Retalick & Whitelock & a potential reintroduction of Aaron Smith this should be tricky test for the All Blacks managing player load and travel. Expect some rotation. Some players have had a big workload, Ben Smith, Crotty, Read, Dagg too has played a lot so far. But I kinda expect the top team this week, Read & ben Smith to maybe rest against Italy.
Focus has to go on our Locks, I have total confidence in tuipulotu. Romano is safe but hes not been a great achiever recently. Experienced but we have 3-4 better options that the selectors aren't taking. Our biggest lineout option is Read which has allowed our locks to attack opposition ball and its worked well.
The list of locks out of action in international rugby ATM is getting ridiculous.Romano is out
more pressure on the locking stocks. What we lose is experience, I think we have a number of better locks than Romano but none have the experience he has. I think Bird is the best option but he is injured(played the NPC final with a screw in his foot, due to have surgery) and was not selected. I rate Scott Barrett above Romano as well but it will be his first test in a very unusual situation and very little time with the squad.
British Irish Lions
Jones and Romano are due to family bereavements. But yes get your point on workload of the modern lock. Still these people injuries seem to cluster and affect certain positions to make it seem luck a pattern.The list of locks out of action in international rugby ATM is getting ridiculous.
Itoje, Kruis, Lawes, Henderson, Jones, Retallick, Whitelock, Romano...
Is this coincidence or does it reveal quite a lot about the role and work load of locks in the modern game?