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McBride's Ferris fear

Ireland legend Willie John McBride has spoken of his fear that Stephen Ferris will never get the chance to become a truly world class player.

Ulster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions star Ferris has been earmarked as the next big star to come from these shores, but having already picked up a few injuries in his four years at the top end of the sport, McBride is worried that may curtail his rugby career.

“I am a bit worried about Stephen Ferris. He is a superb player but I think he is getting too many injuries,” he said.

“In my day, we had another superb back row player, Ken Goodall, but he started getting injuries, too. In Ferris’ case, is it all this training they do today? I think there are a lot more injuries from training than playing.”

As Ireland prepare for their opening Six Nations clash with Italy tomorrow at Croke Park, McBride has backed Declan Kidney’s men to make it another glorious campaign. “I see absolutely no reason why they can’t win the Grand Slam again,” he said. “I certainly believe they have the players.”

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