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Decision time for Kidney


Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has chosen who will fill the boots of one of Test rugby's greatest players.

Brian O'Driscoll will miss the entire RBS 6 Nations after undergoing shoulder surgery, leaving an enormous hole at outside centre. It is an impossibly tough act to follow, but Kidney has selected the player he wants to start at 13 against Wales on Sunday week.

"I have a fair idea in my mind who will replace Brian," he said.

"Keith Earls, Fergus McFadden, Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble have all played well there in the past.

"There's even the option of having Paddy Wallace and Gordon D'Arcy there too.

"It won't be a like-for-like replacement, there are different combinations available.

"Brian hasn't been too willing to give the jersey up. Everyone's wondering what does the jersey feel like because he's had it for so long.

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"You don't lose one of the best players in the world and think it will be the same."