Ireland pick Reddan for France (Planet Rugby)
At last, some changes by Eddie. Three, in fact. Peter Stringer is the biggest casualty following Ireland’s abysmal showing against Georgia. He drops right out of the squad, to be replaced by Eoin Reddan. Boss will be the replacement scrum half, obviously.
Jerry Flannery will replace the injured Best in the pack. The final alteration sees Andrew Trimble replacing Hickie on the wing, as the Leinster man is struggling for fitness after suffering a bruised knee against the Georgians… However, there is still no place for Alan Quinlan on the bench. The team:
Ireland: 15 Girvan Dempsey, 14 Shane Horgan, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (c), 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Ronan O’Gara, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Denis Leamy, 7 David Wallace, 6 Simon Easterby, 5 Paul O’Connell, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 3 John Hayes, 2 Jerry Flannery, 1 Marcus Horan.
Replacements: 16 Frankie Sheahan, 17 Simon Best, 18 Malcolm O’Kelly, 19 Neil Best, 20 Isaac Boss, 21 Paddy Wallace, 22 Gavin Duffy.
For me, the Reddan switch is a no-brainer. Stringer was awful in the last two matches, although he should probably still sit on the bench ahead of Boss. Flannery should always start ahead of Best, injuries or no injuries. Trimble should not weaken the team, but could struggle against a French back three who seemed very impressive last night… It may well have been against an exhausted Namibian side, but could we beat said side? Could we even tire them out?
Your thoughts on Eddie’s changes? Too little, too late?