Published: 13:59 | 25/11/19

O’Driscoll backs Cooney for Ireland role


Former Ireland captain believes that Ulster’s John Cooney could be in line for a Six Nations berth following his excellent start to the current campaign.

Ireland’s most capped player and record try scorer believes that new coach Andy Farrell could make several changes to his starting line-up following the disappointing World Cup campaign, with a couple of players putting their hands up to replace one-time Joe Schmidt regulars.

One of these is at scrum-half where Munster’s Conor Murray has struggled to recapture the form that made him a Lions starter back in 2017 following a long lay-off with injury and O’Driscoll believes that Farrell may opt to bring in Cooney following his strong start to the season.

The former Leinster and Connacht number nine scored a fine individual try in Ulster’s win over Clermont on Friday night, while Murray was substituted after an hour of Munster 21-21 draw with Racing 92 on Sunday.

Speaking of Cooney, O’Driscoll said: “He’ll also be happy that there’s been a change of Irish management, with Farrell coming in he’ll feel there’s a clean slate to work from and maybe a chance to impress and get more Irish honours.

“It’s really about European games and the high tempo games and he’s certainly delivered so far, so he’s probably in the ascendancy now.”

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