Ronan O'Gara weighs in on whether Robbie Henshaw should stay at full-back 10 months ago

Ronan O'Gara weighs in on whether Robbie Henshaw should stay at full-back

Former Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara has said that he would stick with Robbie Henshaw at full-back for Ireland's trip to Murrayfield to play Scotland this weekend.

Henshaw struggled in his return from a hamstring injury and there have been calls for him to be moved from full-back with a host of alternatives available to Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.

O'Gara said that Schmidt should stick with Henshaw for this weekend but acknowledged that there will be calls for Rob Kearney to move to full-back after he was dropped for the opener against England.

"I think we didn't see him in his best light, no doubt about it," O'Gara said on Virgin Media Sport.

"Had he played enough there? No, but I think once you've played him now you stick with him. It's so ruthless professional sport and at that level he got exposed in his positioning once or twice but then if you take him out what message does that send to him?

"Maybe he features in the centre, which he could easily do, but of course there'll be calls for Rob Kearney to come back, he's been Ireland's best full-back for 10 years.

"He consistently performs for Ireland, he just has to get his body right. He'll get himself a crack at probably training.

"I'm not in camp but it seems like from the outside looking in that he probably hasn't presented himself fit to train consistently enough to feature in Joe's thoughts but maybe now he has a reassessment of what happened on Saturday and he might say 'okay I want to base my team with Rob at 15'."

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