Click here for quotes from Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan from Tuesday’s team announcement press conference in Perth.
…Eddie O’Sullivan lists off the team and replacements for Saturday’s Test with Australia in Perth…
EDDIE O’SULLIVAN: PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
– ON THE TEAM SELECTION –
“I don’t think Geordan (Murphy) is on top of his game at the moment and I think he’d be the first to admit that.
“I said before I left Ireland that I wasn’t coming over here to experiment with 30 players, that I would try and pick a team each week to win the game. We came down here with a vision of playing three good games, putting in three strong performances, and when you try to develop players it is an equation that doesn’t balance in this part of the world because if you get it wrong you get a good spanking for your troubles.
“We’ve have two heavy games but everybody is fit and well and in great form and they are all looking forward to playing against the Wallabies. I’ve brought Jeremy Staunton in as a replacement and as cover at number 10.”
– ON RONAN O’GARA –
“Ronan is not the biggest back in world rugby. He’s an incredibly skilful player and runner of the game.
“What happens in modern rugby is that the opposition try to set up a mismatch with a guy who is 10 kilos heavier. It’s a car wreck.
“And that’s what happened (with Luke McAlister) on Saturday night. It’s a bit like a dump truck hitting a bike. Ronan keeps workin on his defence but occasionally he gets caught.”
– ON THE AUSTRALIAN GAME –
“I’m not trying to blow our own trumpet here, but we can play some pretty good rugby, we’ve got a good back line, and a good pack to give us the ball.
“Both ourselves and Australia will be trying to run with the football, so I think it might boil down to which team has the best defence.”
– ON THE TOUR AS A WHOLE –
“It has been a very productive tour for us and the players have got a lot out of it. We had two games that were there for the taking and that was disappointing, but it is not easy winning down here and they were two very good performances.”