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Video: Exeter’s Gareth Steenson Smashes Second Row With Monster Tackle

EXETER, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Gareth Steenson of Exeter Chiefs shouts instructions during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and London Welsh at Sandy Park on March 7, 2015 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

If there was ever a case and point of how difficult it is for an Irish player based overseas to break into the national side, it is Gareth Steenson.

The Tyrone man moved to England to ply his trade, and has become one of the Premierships most consistent out-halves, scoring over 1,200 points for the Exeter Chiefs across 138 appearances.

However, despite producing the goods on a regular basis, he has never featured in an Ireland senior squad.

With Ian Keatley badly struggling for form, surely Schmidt cannot ignore the 31 year-old for much longer, even in an extended squad?

In a Premiership game over the weekend, Steenson strengthened his case.

Worcester second row Gerrit-Jan van Velze came charging at the fly-half, but the Irishman stood up strong and smashed the lock backwards.

What a hit!

Video credit to DevinZA.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.