If that is the case then up front the back five of Oâ00Connell, Oâ00Callaghan, Quinlan, Wallace and Leamy pencil themselves in straight away as do John Hayes and Frank Sheahan. The only possible quandary in that area being whether the number one jersey will be given to the rookie Daragh Hurley or the more experienced Federico Pucciarello.
No prizes for guessing the halves or inside centre and if fit, then Barry Murphy will edge out Lifeimi Mafi for the outside centre berth.
John Kelly was having slight hamstring bother after Sundayâ00s game but if that has cleared up then the Mister Reliable of the side will slot into one wing position with Anthony Horgan likely to see off Ian Dowling or Mafi for the other one.
Shaun Payne was rested last weekend and that afforded Christian Cullen the opportunity to return to action. And he did to good effect, scoring a try in the process but Payne is in the form of his life and itâ00s hard to see him being omitted.
Hurley or Pucciariello on the bench along with Andy Kyriacou, Chris Wyatt and Tim McGann ? Jeremy Manning and Tomas Oâ00Leary should be the back-up halves with the final slot on the bench going to one from the trio of Dowling, Mafi and Cullen.