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Chris Henry: Future is bright with Ryan and Ringrose on rise


Garry Ringrose

Garry Ringrose

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Garry Ringrose

If James Ryan hadn't been named man of the match against France on Sunday, then the only other contender for me would have been Garry Ringrose.

Ryan was a monster and I think he's really growing into the complete rugby player.

When he played for Ireland before even getting a game for Leinster, I was sceptical enough but the more you see of him I think it's clear we're talking about a future Lion.

As for Ringrose, defensively he is so good and his work rate at 13 is exceptional.

Ireland's O'Connell and O'Driscoll 2.0? You never want to look too far ahead in rugby but given their age those two could go on to have a similar impact on the national side over the next 10 years... we can only hope they decide they need a rest for the Champions Cup quarter-final in a few weeks.

At the other end of the spectrum, what a day for Rory Best. It was only really spoken about on the final day before the game that this would be his last Six Nations match in Dublin.

The World Cup will be a great way to finish his Test career but Rory knows not everyone gets that BOD send-off so it's great to see him get to soak it all in.

Belfast Telegraph