Garry Ringrose had a magnificent game this evening as Leinster scored ultimately a comprehensive victory over rivals Munster in Thomond Park.
The 20 year old carved open the hosts’ defence with a run from his own half, before gifting the ball to Isa Nacewa to finish off a well worked try.
This was a performance that many Leinster fans have foreseen, with calls around the RDS for Leo Cullen to give the youngster more game-time. It was lamented that he was not played against Toulon in the Aviva Stadium last week, in what was essentially a dead rubber. The experience of facing up against Ma’a Nonu and Mathieu Bastareaud would have stood to the 2014 World Rugby Junior Player of the Year nominee.
However, when given the chance to impress this evening, Ringrose grabbed the opportunity with both hands, and led the three time European champions to a badly needed victory.
While many are just glad to see the youngster break into the provincial team for the time being, one certain Leinster and Ireland legend believes that Ringrose ought to be thrown in the deep end this February.
.@IrishRugby could do a whole lot worse than going with Garry Ringrose against Wales on Feb 7th.
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) December 27, 2015
BOD is a perfect example of what can be gained from giving a young player a chance at international level, and several comparisons are being made between the two at present.
It would certainly be interesting to see Ringrose line out beside Robbie Henshaw in the Irish midfield, and it is a distinct possibility that they will pair up in Japan in 2019.
However, with Stuart McCloskey impressing for Ulster of late, Joe Schmidt may have a difficult decision to make in the coming weeks.
However, if Brian O’Driscoll is making recommendations about who your second centre ought to be, you should probably listen.
No pressure, Garry Ringrose.