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Ireland Fans React In Horror As Joe Schmidt Picks An Old Favourite To Replace Injured Tommy Bowe

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has drafted Leinster winger Fergus McFadden into the Ireland squad ahead of their final Six Nations clash with England on Saturday in a move that has bemused many fans of the green jersey.

Bowe was ruled out following a suspected broken leg suffered during a fleeting appearance against Wales in the dying minutes of their clash in Cardiff last Friday, an injury that could well end the injury prone winger’s season.

As McFadden links up with the Ireland camp, fans have been openly critical of Schmidt’s choice of replacement for the final game, with most believing it was an opportunity to give the rising stars of the new generation a chance to gain invaluable experience on the international stage, against the form side in world rugby.

While the merits of fans’ arguments are well made and perhaps even justified, it must be remembered that following their loss to Wales on Friday, plus their defeat to Scotland on day one of the Six Nations, Ireland’s place as a top tier side ahead of the Rugby World Cup group selections is no longer as assured as it had been following the November series of tests.

Scotland and Wales are now well within touching distance of Joe Schmidt’s men and with a monumental challenge against the Grand Slam seeking England, it looks like Schmidt is going to experience over the exuberance of youth as he battles with the bigger picture in mind.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

On this week’s edition of The Oval Office Podcast, Lee Byrne tells us what’s gone wrong with Wales and how many dragons are likely to feature for the Lions.

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