Playing that Jennings Obrien combo, wonder was it a last minute change?
15: Rob Kearney
14: Isa Nacewa
13: Brian O'Driscoll
12: Gordon D'Arcy
11: Luke Fitzgerald
10: Jonathan Sexton
9: Isaac Boss
1: Cian Healy
2: Richardt Strauss
3: Mike Ross
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Brad Thorn
6: Sean O'Brien
7: Shane Jennings
8: Jamie Heaslip
16: Sean Cronin
17: Heinke van der Merwe
18: Nathan White
19: Devin Toner
20: Kevin McLaughlin
21: Eoin Reddan
22: Ian Madigan
23: Fergus McFadden
seriously what a feckin line up!.
Wow-big call in the back row. McLaughlin unlucky to miss out. Not sure I get that selection to be honest-Jennings to speed the game up but Boss to slow it down?..Hmmm
Very surprised to see Locky on the bench and not starting. If they picked Boss for the physical aspect, why not start Locky who's a far more abrassive back row option than Jennings who's fairly light but niggily? Unless there was a sort of injury?
Well, in Joe we trust.
I am excited to see O'Brien back in the 6 shirt. While I think he's been doing a great job at 7, 6 is ultimately his best position.
To compete against Lapandry and steal >50%, tight tight game
Jennings experience gets him the nod i reckon. Natural leaders in Cullen, Thorn, Jennings, Sexton and BOD through the team
Jennings was excellent v Munster, and as said above his leadership should help.
Jennings frees up SOB to run more ball. What Boss is very good at is getting our forwards on to the ball at pace to punch holes. I'd say we'll be attacking around the fringes.
I don't think Boss is slower per say, he just tends to use forward grunt more.
McLaughlin is a HC winning player with bags of experience, and has started many big games over Jennings. He's also highly regarded as a leader by the Leinster management. That's not the reason imo.
True but we now have no real threat at the back of the line out? Bonnaire will have a field day. And SOB's ball carrying has not been great this season although it has shown signs of coming back to form. To be honest would have been happier if McLoughlin at 6 and SOB at 7.
I think Boss and Jennings to get right up Parra's nose and spoil his game.
Heaslip? He's made some good breaks off the tail.