International Scout Notes – Oct 12th

12 10 2010

Original article written for therugbyblog.co.uk

This weeks Irish notes do not feature two up and coming  young-guns, but instead a couple of guys who have been around a long time, but currently out of favor in the Irish camp. The November internationals could see them coming in from the cold and back in the Ireland squad.

Peter Stringer
Got his first Heineken Cup start since October 2008 due to the thumb injury sustained by Tomas O’Leary last week, and he was straight back into top form. Stringers snappier distribution allowed the Munster backline to be alot more dynamic, they were running from deeper and seemed to have a much better flow to their game than previous weeks. Ronan O’Gara had a superb game and this was aided in no small part by Stringers quick ball from rucks. This faster ball allows O’Gara an extra half-second to make decisions. Coming into the Autumn tests Stringer is certainly back in the mix, just behind Isaac Boss with Eoin Reddan snapping at their heels.

Bob Casey
Saturday’s game against Munster demonstrated that Casey still has alot to offer the Irish setup. He gave a commanding performance in the lineout enabling London Irish to turnover 4 of Munster’s lineouts. Casey has only been capped 6 times for Ireland due to the stranglehold that Paul O’Connell and Donnacha O’Callaghan have had on the Irish 2nd row berths. With O’Connell out of action until Christmas at best, there is a chance that Casey could return to the Irish fold for the November internationals. Ireland play the Springboks in the opening game of the Autumn series and Casey’s physicality would be a welcome asset it what is set to be a brutal affair.

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