Tried and trusted
It is evident that Ulster are the form rugby team in Ireland this year, yet only two players from the side have started in each of the first two Six Nations internationals.
Now, at last, the Irish coach, Declan Kidney, seems to have recognised what most of us have been saying for months – the more Ulster players in the Ireland team the more chance of success.
Kidney's hand has been forced by the spate of injuries which have hit the international squad, but, perhaps, after Sunday's game against Scotland he will realise the wisdom of his choices. We need some of Ulster's winning mentality in the Irish team and this is the local players' chance to impress and ensure the province is properly represented in future.