Hope Brian O’Driscoll and the rest of the Leinster back line can refind some form. They have looked ponderous and flat since the end of the RWC. Maybe BOD’s rest over Christmas will have done him extreme good. Would Irish rugby be better server with Sexton at fly half with a BOD/Contepomi combo in the centre and D’arcy at fullback? This is grossly unfair to Girvan Dempsey but Ireland needs depth at the spine positions (2, 8, 9, 10 & 15). With Paddy Wallace not looking like he is ready to understudy ROG Ireland needs more options and clearly Sexton needs to be fast tracked into the mix.
LIVE on Setanta Sports in the US from 2pm EST Saturday in the US
LIVE on Setanta Ireland at 7.30pm Saturday in Ireland
Live on S4C at 7.30pm Saturday in Wales
DELAYED on Setanta Sports in Australia at noon on Sunday 7th January