International Scout Notes – 5th October

5 10 2010

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International Scout Notes is weekly piece, where we identify a few players that have stood out and might be making a case for national selection

Fionn Carr
Despite being the top try scorer in the Magners League in 08/09 season and 4th top try scorer in 09/10, Carr is yet to make his senior debut. The Connacht winger bagged a hat-trick of tries against the Scarlets two weeks ago, and brings his season total to 4. Carr offers pace that is unmatched in the senior setup, he has a fantastic step, and is a natural finisher. Thursday night’s game saw him matched up with Leigh Halfpenny and Carr seemed to have the edge on him. Declan Kidney will have to sit up and take notice this Autumn.

Sean O’Brien
The Leinster flanker had a storming man-of-the-match performance on Saturday night at Lansdowne road and was the stand-out player in the Leinster pack. His probing run on the blindside and sublime offload to Brian O’Driscoll in the 70th minute set up the winning try. O’Brien’s form is even more remarkable since he missed most of last season with a broken leg. If O’Brien can maintain this performance he will definitely be in Kidney’s plans for the Autumn internationals and potentially a spot on the plane to New Zealand in September.




2 responses

6 10 2010
JL Pagano

I’m 100% with you on Carr and I’ll prove it with this statement…I believe he should be above Luke Fitzgerald in the Ireland winger’s pecking order.

Not Luke’s fault because of his injury, but Carr’s form for the League’s bottom club last year has been matched this year. Wonder if it has to do with funds and the limited amount of International contracts available? If so, he surely wont stay at Connacht for long; English and French clubs know all about him.

As for SOB, he must surely have pole position for the Number 7 jersey in November.

6 10 2010

Only thing that holds Carr back behind Luke is defense and positioning. Luke has a natural talent to be in the right place at the right time. Carr can usually make up for lack of position with his speed, but that won’t always be there so it an aspect he’ll have to work on.
Reckon he’ll get a run at 7 in November, a real battle between him and Leamy for the 6N openside spot though.

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