Rob Kearney wants Jimmy O’Brien at fullback in Rugby World Cup warm-ups to be ready to replace Hugo Keenan. The super-permanent Keenan has almost always been by Andy Farrell’s side since his October 2020 Test debut. Rugby supporters can book Ireland Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

But there is no dedicated defender to cover Leinster, and there is no Ireland. 15th place in the training camp of the Rugby World Cup in Ireland. Kearney says given it’s a specialist position and such a vital one in Test rugby – it’s important that the versatile O’Brien gets more attention in the role.

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O’Brien started from 15th place in seven games for Leinster in this fourth season at the start of the campaign, the last appearance in the URC semi-final loss to Munster, but he only started there once for Ireland, in a clash with Fiji in November last year.

You would probably like to see a number two who has played in that position many times, said Kearney, who has been Ireland’s top full-back for so long. You must be very sorry for both Joey Carburys. and Jordan Larmor, Kearney said. They’ve been two key, whole people over the past four years.

Need for Opportunities and Experience

These are very, very different positions at the top level in international rugby than at the provincial level. If I had to guess, I would say that Jimmy is number two at the moment, so I would like him to get opportunities in summer testing in terms of starting and finishing there.

International rugby is a different game. The Champions Cup final is played at the same level, and we saw the importance of this position – the game with kicks becomes much more important.

If the opponent is kicking a lot, your cover and defense needs to be right, otherwise you are hitting under pressure. And as we saw in that final, when you hit under pressure, mistakes happen, you clip the ball, you kick it straight into touch, and that’s a big win for the opponent.

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So it’s such a specialized and important position. Jordan Larmor is a player who has experience playing at cornerback but was not selected for training camp. Larmore and Joey Carbury are the two players Kearny has the most sympathy for for not making the list.

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You must be very sorry for both of them, he said. They’ve been two key, inseparable people over the last four years, and the last 12, 18 months haven’t run their course. It’s unlikely that they’ll now have the opportunity to impress to get on a plane, which is very difficult considering they’ve both been on the last plane and are still at the peak of their careers.

“It’s hard to recover from that. When you are a player in this situation, your confidence is on the floor, there is no one you can talk to who can help you recover it, it’s just up The only way to do this is to start playing better rugby, and for that you need opportunities , and at the moment none of them have such opportunities.”

Kearney believes Munster URC’s final triumph in Cape Town can only benefit Ireland as thoughts turn to the Rugby World Cup. I think it’s definitely great, he said. Okay, Leinster didn’t win, but they still had two hugely successful seasons in which some rugby games were excellent.

It’s great that you now have another team that’s got a taste of success and their players will now bring confidence to Ireland. You should be happy for Munster. They’ve gone a long, long time without a trophy, you’d be happy for the likes of Pete (O’Mahony), Earlsey (Keith Earls) and Conor Murray.

“Three, four, five months ago I would have been close to letting them do this, so they made a big difference, they did a great job. It certainly can only help Irish rugby if Munster wins.”

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Impact of Key Factors

Kearney says Leinster’s defeat in the European Cup final will sting for a long time to come, but he insists Leo Cullen’s team must stand firm in their quest to put a fifth star on the jersey. It’s a mission in which the club has lost three finals since its last triumph in 2018, including two losses to Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle.

For the second consecutive season, La Rochelle beat Leinster on a late try. It just goes to show that sometimes in sports, the smallest margin can have the biggest impact, said Kearney, who has played in three of the province’s final wins.

The way they lost both European Cup finals in two years to the same opponents will hurt terribly for a long time. But it’s a sport, so we love it. I know what’s happened in the last two years will make them question their process, but they just need to keep doing what they’ve been doing.

There are so many other factors they weren’t able to play their strongest side against Munster which has the biggest impact. Last year against the Bulls, they nearly lost the Champions Cup final. This also has a big impact. Rugby World Cup fans can buy Ireland Vs Tonga Tickets from our website.

The last defeat this year will affect for a long time. One could argue that they should have come out in the second half and attacked a little more, but they failed to put themselves in good attacking positions.

The Impact of Mistakes and Turning Points

Some exits were very bad and one bad hit is a big turning point in these games, it gives the opponent a huge boost, it knocks your own team down a bit and maybe some questions come to your mind and in the last 10 minutes maybe , thoughts returned to the last 10 minutes in Marseille last year.

You have these thoughts subconsciously, like a gamer in games, and they probably had an effect too. Former Kearney teammate Gordon D’Arcy said this week that Leinster should head into the market to pick up some big names in their quest to break the line in Europe, especially now that Johnny Sexton has played his final game for the club.

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I’d be happy with what they have, Kearney said. But I suppose you could make an argument when you see people like Will Skelton and the damage he single-handedly did to Leinster on many occasions over the last four or five years.

Ireland boss Andy Farrell right to keep the faith

You can’t go against the coach. Once a team is chosen, you must go ahead, plow hard and do your best. Devin Toner was the man Joe Schmidt had left behind at the Rugby World Cup four years ago when Gene Klein was a surprise inclusion in his place in the Ireland squad.

This time, Klein, among several others, is in the pain of alienation as Andy Farrell left with a tried and true 42-man training group that would eventually be reduced to 33 ahead of the final in France.

Munster’s second row is among the players who didn’t make the cut, in particular in the case of Klein, John Hodnett and Shane Daly, despite such strong showings in the URC title-winning campaign. But Toner believes Farrell’s choice was based on money and argues it’s not a matter of blind loyalty, given Ireland’s 12-month stellar track record. It’s the right way, insisted the former longtime Leinster and Ireland executive who retired just under a year ago.

There is loyalty, but there is also productivity. Among them, there is not a single person who can be singled out and said that he had a bad year. Everyone who has ever had a chance for Phase in Ireland has done well. It’s really great for the team.

Obviously there were a lot of guys from Munster who played well the last couple of weeks and are very disappointed. But everyone who is in the squad is also playing very well. So this is the squad he trusts he went with and I’m not surprised by any of the calls.

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Trusting the Coach’s Selection

“The argument is that if something happens, if they don’t get as far as they would like. But, in my opinion, this is not an argument, because he chose a team that he trusts, and everyone on this team did their job. the last year or two, as he and his management team.”

Farrell has moved in with players who have been regulars in previous camps and are therefore fully qualified by the coaches. Toner does not believe that the addition of Klein, Hodnett, and others would have destroyed the environment in that sense, just as he does not believe that his absence affected the camp four years ago.

However, looking at it from Farrell’s point of view, Mitman understands why it doesn’t make much sense to bring minor players along if they don’t make it to the final. Obviously at that stage everyone felt sorry for me, like, I really wish you were there, but it’s quite another thing to say that it was a bad call and he shouldn’t have done it, Toner said.

You can’t go against the coach. Once a team is chosen, you must go ahead, plow hard and do your best. This is not something you should be going up against at this stage. I don’t think it had a big impact. Again, I can’t speak to the effect it had because I wasn’t there. It’s not something I would know much about.

Could Faz choose 45 or 46 and make a few more tries? Yeah. But it’s more people to disappoint when choosing a team. Obviously, JK (Klein) and Hodnett were at their best. At some stage they will get a chance, but it’s just not their time – and who are you missing because of them? All performed very well.

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Sympathy for Joey Carbury

Toner adds that he has some sympathy for former teammate Joey Carbury, who also fell short after a tough season. He’s a great player, he’ll be back, he’ll get back in shape, Toner said. This is a sport, it happens.

People are chosen, people are not chosen for example, Jack Crowley plays class in a minute. You sympathize a little with him, but he will find it again. When he played with us at Leinster, he was so skillful, he was so twitchy on his feet, it’s obvious that the injuries didn’t do him any good. He will return.

It was a first for Devin Toner last Saturday when he supported Munster in Cape Town. And a former Leinster fan believes the Reds’ victory in the URC final was the best thing that could happen to Irish rugby ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

It can only be positive for Ireland, for the Irish team, Toner said. I think it’s positive for the league. This is the only time I have supported Munster. I’m all blue through and through, but I really wanted them to win, which is obviously a weird feeling, I’ve never felt that before!

“I loved watching them win, but yes, I think it’s good for Irish rugby and for the league.”

Toner admits he doesn’t know enough about Jacques Ninaber, who will join Leinster as head coach after the Rugby World Cup after being South African head coach, to judge whether he can lead the Blues into the winning paddock. Rugby World Cup fans can buy RWC 2023 Tickets from our website.

Stuart Lancaster’s Departure and Fresh Start

It will be difficult to see Stu (Stuart Lancaster) leave because he has been such a phenomenal influence on Leinster over the past seven years and it will be a different landscape when Johnny (Sexton) leaves and it will probably be a bit of a fresh start, said Toner.

“So he will probably bring new energy to the team, it may take him a couple of weeks to go to bed, but I think it will be interesting to see how things go. But it’s hard for me to comment on what it will bring.”  

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It was a first for Toner last Saturday when he supported Munster in Cape Town. And he thinks the Reds’ win in the URC final was the best thing that could happen for Irish rugby ahead of the Rugby World Cup. It can only be positive for Ireland, for the Irish team, Toner said. I think it’s positive for the league.

This is the only time I have supported Munster. I’m all blue through and through, but I really wanted them to win, which is obviously a weird feeling, I’ve never felt that before! I enjoyed watching them win, but yes, I think it’s good for Irish rugby and for the league.

Toner admits he doesn’t know enough about Jacques Ninaber, who will join Leinster as head coach after the Rugby World Cup after being South African head coach, to judge whether he can lead the Blues into the winning paddock.

Transitioning without Johnny Sexton

It will be difficult to see Stu (Stuart Lancaster) leave because he has been such a phenomenal influence on Leinster over the past seven years and it will be a different landscape when Johnny (Sexton) leaves and it will probably be a bit of a fresh start, said Toner.

“So he will probably bring new energy to the team, it could take him a couple of weeks to get into bed. But I think it will be interesting to see how things go. But it’s hard for me to comment on what it will bring.”

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