RWC warm-ups: Ireland team to face Scotland at Murrayfield

Declan Kidney has named his side to take on Scotland this weekend.

Rob Kearney
Andrew Trimble
Fergus McFadden
Paddy Wallace
Luke Fitzgerald
Jonny Sexton
Tomas O’Leary

Tom Court
Sean Cronin
Tony Buckley
Donncha Ryan
Leo Cullen (c)
Mike McCarthy
Niall Ronan
Denis Leamy

Flannery, Horan, Hayes, O’Driscoll, McLaughlin, Boss, Jones

7 thoughts on “RWC warm-ups: Ireland team to face Scotland at Murrayfield

  1. Well the backs are pretty much as expected, Looking forward to seeing Felix Jones getting a run out in the 2nd half.
    Tomas O’Leary has alot to prove this weekend, reckon the whole of Ireland will be praying for Flannery to get through his few minutes off the subs bench. Irish backrow is definitely the B-team, Donnacha Ryan has a decent shot in the second row of making an impression.
    I think the combination of McFadden and Wallace could surprise a few people, they will certainly get the ball moving!

  2. Hard to call this team on its importance, the first game of five pre tournament games. Surprised Hayes is on the bench really. And no O’Gara on bench. I think O’Gara and Sexton may each get a french game each. Dont see paddy wallace as making the sqaud, though,the coaches really seem to like him, he lacks size and now having fergus mcFadden who can kick too should negate him surely.
    Yes looking forward to felix jones, who could keep kearney off the pitch. Lets hope God shines his light on Flannery and he survives to show in the WC. Ultimate scrum half selection looks crazy. Do you think young murray can make it?

  3. Honestly would rate Murray’s chances of making it higher than Jones’
    This WC came too soon for Murray, had he got a run of a couple of games in the 6N, I think he could now be 1st/2nd choice SH.

  4. I am happy with the team named today because it give the less experienced player in the squad a chance to gain vital game time as well as reintroduce players who have been out injured for extended periods. That had to be a priorty for Declan Kidney right now. Delighted to see Fergus McFadden get his chance in the centre and Paddy Wallace has a big chance to prove the doubters like myself wrong ( I wonder is there any chance that he might get 10 or 15 minutes at outhalf given that there is no replacement on the bench) The inclusion of O Leary, Trimble and Kearney is important for obvious reasons while Fitzgerald needs game time to continue his recovery of confidence otherwise his place in the strarting 15 up for grabs. I assume Sexton inclusion may have been with eye on developing new half back partnerships.
    The front row all need game time in an Irish Jersey because they will more than likely be called upon during World Cup due to the Physical exertion of there position. Mike McCarthy and Niall Ronan are probaby auditioning for first reserve back row. Looking forward to seeing Leo Cullen and Donnacha Ryan together because both are certainties for the squad for me. Denis Leamy is like Fitzgerald in that he needs to recover confidence or he might not even make the squad when you consider the alternatives in the back row.
    Looking at the bench if we struggle up front Kidney has an insurance policy of an all Munster front row but I sincerely hope that we dont need to cash it in or we are in serious trouble for the World Cup. O Driscoll McLaughlin and Boss will be desperate to get on the pitch and show why they should be included but the guy I look forward to seeing is Felix Jones. He could be the wildcard that breaks into the first XV between now and September.
    As for Conor Murray I dont see him making the squad and feel he would benfit more if he remained with Munster for the time being and continued his development there.

  5. Interesting line up. That said it is only the warm up for the main show with most of our first team rested so what will be will be not expecting much to be honest in terms of a result. What I am expecting however is for whoever pulls on the shirt to go out and tear into Scots as if it was their last day on earth and their life depended on it. We have the players and they have underperformed for long enough in an Irish jersey it is high time they stood up to the plate and did the business regardless of who pulls on the shirt. No excuses. This is the start of the journey so begin as you mean to continue with fire in the belly, ice in the vains and no mercy in the eyes. It is time Ireland performed in a world cup this is step one and the begining of it so go and do it we have the talent they only need to believe in themselves!! BELIEVE.

  6. This is certainly a case of giving the fringe players their last chance before world cup selection is made. Really hope Flannery makes it having been so unlucky with injuries in the past. I am looking forward to this game, it should be an even contest. Scotland have named a strong team and I think Ireland will look to play some expansive rugby so should be in for a cracker.

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