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O’Sullivan hopeful O’Connell will be ready for Welsh

By Charlie Mulqueen
EDDIE O’Sullivan is hopeful Paul O’Connell can recover from a shoulder injury sustained against France on Saturday and will be fit for the clash with Wales on Sunday week.

The Irish coach also remained adamant that his side had played most of the rugby even if the score line didn’t indicate as much in Paris.

The Irish coach faced the media in Dublin yesterday having allowed the players to go home a day earlier than planned.

There was a very definite edge to the occasion with O’Sullivan obviously aggrieved at the many critical comments that appeared in the various newspapers and on the airwaves over the past couple of days.

On a more positive note, he was now "more upbeat" about the possibility of Paul O’Connell recovering in time to line out against reigning Six Nations champions Wales at Lansdowne Road.

He hinted: "We could include him in the team and leave it as late as we need to before the medics come to a final conclusion."

O’Connell admitted to being "more optimistic than I have been at any time since the French game ended."

The coach insisted: "There were a number of phenomenal performances by some of the players in Paris."

He made no secret of his annoyance of the derogatory remarks directed at John Hayes.

"Having examined the video, I can only say I thought he had a fine game and the same applies to Denis Leamy and David Wallace," he maintained.

"Leamy was involved in 28 contacts and Wallace put in 14 tackles. People claim I have a bias in favour of Simon Easterby because he played in under-age teams that I coached but if that was the case, it would apply to a number of others as well."

The squad has broken up until Sunday when the focus will switch to the Welsh game a week later.

O’Sullivan refused to discuss whether or not there would be any changes while agreeing that Wales would be formidable opposition.

As for the out-half position and the absence of back-up for Ronan O’Gara and David Humphreys, O’Sullivan mentioned Jeremy Staunton and Paddy Wallace, members of the A side that performed creditably against the French in Limoges on Friday night, as options.

 

O’Sullivan hopeful O’Connell will be ready for Welsh

By Charlie Mulqueen
EDDIE O’Sullivan is hopeful Paul O’Connell can recover from a shoulder injury sustained against France on Saturday and will be fit for the clash with Wales on Sunday week.

The Irish coach also remained adamant that his side had played most of the rugby even if the score line didn’t indicate as much in Paris.

The Irish coach faced the media in Dublin yesterday having allowed the players to go home a day earlier than planned.

There was a very definite edge to the occasion with O’Sullivan obviously aggrieved at the many critical comments that appeared in the various newspapers and on the airwaves over the past couple of days.

On a more positive note, he was now "more upbeat" about the possibility of Paul O’Connell recovering in time to line out against reigning Six Nations champions Wales at Lansdowne Road.

He hinted: "We could include him in the team and leave it as late as we need to before the medics come to a final conclusion."

O’Connell admitted to being "more optimistic than I have been at any time since the French game ended."

The coach insisted: "There were a number of phenomenal performances by some of the players in Paris."

He made no secret of his annoyance of the derogatory remarks directed at John Hayes.

"Having examined the video, I can only say I thought he had a fine game and the same applies to Denis Leamy and David Wallace," he maintained.

"Leamy was involved in 28 contacts and Wallace put in 14 tackles. People claim I have a bias in favour of Simon Easterby because he played in under-age teams that I coached but if that was the case, it would apply to a number of others as well."

The squad has broken up until Sunday when the focus will switch to the Welsh game a week later.

O’Sullivan refused to discuss whether or not there would be any changes while agreeing that Wales would be formidable opposition.

As for the out-half position and the absence of back-up for Ronan O’Gara and David Humphreys, O’Sullivan mentioned Jeremy Staunton and Paddy Wallace, members of the A side that performed creditably against the French in Limoges on Friday night, as options.