O’Donnell for Irish start?

Magners League 19/2/2010Munster Tommy O'Donnell
Following on from Ireland’s victory over Scotland in last Sunday’s Six Nations opener at the Aviva Stadium, the arms of welcome will be thrown open for defending champions Wales when they come to town on Saturday.

Following on from Ireland’s victory over Scotland in last Sunday’s Six Nations opener at the Aviva Stadium, the arms of welcome will be thrown open for defending champions Wales when they come to town on Saturday.

And, the big question from a Tipperary viewpoint will be whether or not Munster player, and Cahir man, Tommy O’Donnell gets a start in Joe Schmidts side.

Ireland won comfortably enough on Sunday and while there is general concensus that there is much room for improvement - improvement that will be required if they are to get over the line against the Welsh - the liklihood is that any changes would involve the return of Gordan Darcy and captain Paul O’Connell, rather than the inclusion of O’Donnell.

The Cahir man impressed when introduced on Sunday and has certainly held a hand up in terms of staking a claim for a place. But, with rugby being very much a squad game now, Tommy has placed himself to the forefront in the Managers eyes and would certainly be one of the first turned to were a replacement required. The big number 7 has had a great season so far and that would be enhanced were he to get the nod from the start on Saturday. But, if not, he will be ready to enter the fray and help slay the Welsh.