Friday, January 25, 2013

Who? Who? Who? etc- The Wolfhounds take on the Saxons

I really like the look of this Wolfhounds team. It’s a strong team, with several full internationals, and a few who will/should be regular internationals in the future. Jackson and Marshall as half backs is a great combination – Marshall is knocking on the door harder than Jackson for playing/starting for Ireland, if he can just sort out a few discipline issues. I’m pleased to see McSharry in the backs, and him and Cave –is that  future Ireland pairing? Then in the pack the increasingly impressive Dave Kilcoyne gets a start, as does Lewis Stevenson, who’s been putting in Trojan shifts for Ulster. Tommy O’Donnell is one of the up and coming stars of Irish rugby, and James Coughlin as captain is spot on – always leads from the front.
Madigan is possibly unlucky not to be starting, but with him and Keatley on the bench they have lots of options. They should get a good partisan crowd in Galway too!

The Saxons are a younger looking side. George Ford has lot of potential, and Christian Wade should be in the main England squad. Turner Hall is a classy player, as is Wigglesworth, but I’m going with the Hounds here!

15 - Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)*
14 - Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster/49)
13 - Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster/3)
12 - Dave McSharry (UCD/Connacht/)*
11 - Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster/23)
10 - Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)*
9 - Paul Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster/)*
1 - David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster/2)
2 - Mike Sherry (Garryowen/Munster)*
3 - Michael Bent (Dublin University/Leinster/2)
4 - Lewis Stevenson (Malone/Ulster)*
5 - Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster/3)
6 - Kevin McLaughlin (St.Mary's College/Leinster/5)
7 - Tommy O'Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)*
8 - James Coughlin (Dolphin/Munster)* Captain
16 - Damien Varley (Garryowen/Munster/2)
17 - Tom Court (Malone/Ulster/29)
18 - Declan Fitzpatrick (Dungannon /Ulster/2)
19 - Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster/2)
20 - Rhys Ruddock (St. Mary's College/Leinster/1)
21 - Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster/15)
22 - Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)*
23 - Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster/2)
N.B. *denotes uncapped player

England Saxons: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 George Ford, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jordan Crane (capt), 7 Will Fraser, 6 George Kruis, 5 George Robson, 4 Graham Kitchener, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 Ed Slater, 20 Jamie Gibson, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 George Lowe, 23 Kyle Eastmond
Date: Friday, January 25
Kick-off: 19:35
Venue: The Sportsground

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