Keith Wood: ‘Ireland need to be in a position where they’re in a team of 23’

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt names his team to face Canada this lunchtime.

Keith Wood: ‘Ireland need to be in a position where they’re in a team of 23’

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt names his team to face Canada this lunchtime.

The coach could make up to 15 changes to the team that beat New Zealand last week in Chicago as he looks at various options ahead of the second test against the All Blacks and then the game with Australia.

Former Ireland captain Keith Wood thinks it's good that Schmidt is exploring his options.

“Ireland need to be in a position where they’re in a team of 23, not a squad, so that they have players to finish it out” he said. “It’s an amazing thing to see your captain come off the field.

“I thought Rory Best, and it hasn’t been mentioned, did an incredible job but he comes off the field and there’s other guys putting their hands up to lead at the end.

“That’s very important and I think you have to bear that in mind when you talk about selection over the next few weeks.”

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