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Monthly Archives: March 2008
A few changes with the injury of O’Driscoll. Horgan steps in alongside Trimble to fill the #12 spot and Geordon Murphy beats Dempsey back from injury to take Full-Back. Kearney is pushed onto the wing and Bowe remains on the other wing. The fowards remain unchanged.
15: Geordan Murphy (Leicester) 55
14: Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 12
13: Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 23
12: Shane Horgan (Boyne/Leinster) 60
11: Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 5
The misery of Saturday’s match continues as we learn that Brian O’Driscoll will not play against England next weak. O’Driscoll sustained a hamstring tear late into the Welsh game.
“Brian has a hamstring tear that he picked up in a ruck. It’s happened to him before.”
”He was in the approach position, his foot slipped and he was hit from behind. It will certainly take him out of the England game.”
Ireland were unable to retain the triple crown for a third year running after a slow burning loss against Wales. There was a tense atmosphere in Croke park which allowed Ireland to stumble into the lead at half-time. Throughout, the Welsh defense looked impenetrable and it proved to be so as Ireland could not manage to muster a try. There seemed to be a lack of energy in the Irish team and also a lack of game plan. We can only hope that Ireland improve before they take on the English in the final match of the 2008 Six Nations.
We hope Brian will be fit for next week’s match however the injury puts his starting place in doubt.
Rob Kearney will start against Wales at full-back after Dempsey and Murphy were both ruled out due to injuries. The injuries have caused Eddie to re-shuffle the back line ahead of Saturday’s game in Croke Park.
Ireland: Kearney; Horgan, B O’Driscoll (capt), Trimble, Bowe; O’Gara, Reddan; Horan, Best, Hayes, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, Leamy, D Wallace, Heaslip.
Replacements: Jackman, Buckley, M O’Driscoll, Easterby, Stringer, P Wallace, Fitzgerald.