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Published: 14:47 | 4/2/16

O'Shea anticipating shuddering midfield collisions

Davies will be the "midget of midfield"

Conor O'Shea is expecting some big collisions in midfield during Ireland's Six Nations opener with Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

The Harlequins Director of Rugby has said Wales' Jonathan Davies will be "the midget of the midfield" if Ireland line up as expected.

At 6ft 1ins and 16 stone, the centre is far from small but with Joe Schmidt likely to select 6ft 3ins Robbie Henshaw and 17st Stuart McCloskey, and Warren Gatland pairing Davies with the huge Jamie Roberts, Davies would be the smallest of the bunch.

"Robbie Henshaw's massive and McCloskey's a big lad too - so Jonathan Davies could be the midget of the midfield," O'Shea said.

"That's incredible to think. Everything I've seen of Stuart McCloskey, there's a huge amount to his game.

"He has beautiful soft hands on top of being a massive, massive bloke. If Ireland put Robbie Henshaw and McCloskey together, that could be one hell of a battle.

"I really didn't realise just how big Jamie is until he arrived here [Roberts joined Harlequins this season] and he got stuck into training.

"He's extremely hard to stop, and he's in great shape for the start of the Six Nations. He's a really outstanding rugby player. You can't achieve everything he has without that.

"There's far more to his game than just this line he runs - but he runs it well. It's his talking on the field, how he organises.

"He's got miles better hands than people realise. That sounds a terrible thing to say, but it's a big compliment.

"You can't thrive at that level without all the skills and attributes. But he knows what his strength is."

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