Ireland side to play Scotland:
I ddn't think that the selectors had the guts to do this, but well
Thy could have just put O'Shea on the wing, and left the rest of the
back line as they finished against England. However, this is much
better. McQuilkin has been the form centre this year and was
outstanding in the 'A' match against England last week. Bell has
plenty of wing experience and will be able to plug the yawning gaps
which have existed on that flank all season.
Humphreys and O'Mara was predictable and, given a decent supply of
ball, the backline will have a bit more spark than heretofore. O'Mara
provides a wonderful service, but I am still concerned about his
decision making and tactical kicking. I hope he does well and doesn't
become the new Rob Saunders.
Cronin is a better selection than Foley, particularly for this game.
He offers another lineout option and is quicker about the pitch -
important against the Scots.
The musical chairs continues on the reserve prop front, with Walsh
being brought in this time. That makes Hurley, Halpin, Flavin and
Walsh this season. Maybe the idea is to give each of them an 'A'
match. See below.
My BIG worry about this side is the goalkicking. We would be
*guaranteed* a better return with Burke in the side. I hope we don't
pay the price.
Good to see Keane back in his best position. Shane Byrne drops from
the senior bench directly to the 'A' bench.
When will somebody realise than Halvey is not a no. 6?