Panic on the streets of Dublin

The normally placid Irish press are at each others throats today. Hot on the heels of Colonel Toland’s idea not to bring Rog to New Zealand to sit on the bench, but invest in youth instead (which was our idea anyway), Farmer Farrelly is on the offensive, rubbishing the entire idea.

Toland (thoughtful, considered):

Having O’Gara on hand to aid the transition is crucial. But at what distance should that be? In the touring environment the experience and class of the veteran will rub off on those non-Munster players who know him less well but there is real merit in omitting him from the squad. However, should an injury occur to Sexton, and considering the opposition that awaits, it should be qualified that O’Gara would be quickly brought in to start.

Farrelly (foaming at the mouth):

The view that Ronan O’Gara should be left at home is preposterous — it’s impossible to envisage Ireland beating the All Blacks for the first time this summer without the 35-year-old in the squad

The logic is obvious – O’Gara is 35, and bringing him 10,000km to sit on the bench may not make sense. However, on the flip side, it is PREPOSTEROUS. Also, it is impossible to envisage Ireland beating New Zealand full stop, so Farrelly is technically right to say it is impossible without his friend.

In the interests of fairness, we should note Farrelly omitted Rog from his Ireland team, and only has 2 Munster players, Donnacha Ryan and Conor Murray.

For what its worth, we would bring Sexton, Madigan and Jackson with O’Gara waiting on the runway at Cork airport with his iPad packed.