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Rugby World Cup: Give Trimble a chance, says Ulster coach

Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin believes Andrew Trimble deserves to be much more than a bit-part player for Ireland at the World Cup.

McLaughlin revealed his disappointment that Ulster winger Trimble was on the bench for Ireland’s laboured victory over the USA on Sunday.

And there will be more concern at Ravenhill with Trimble once again left out of the starting line-up for Saturday’s crunch showdown with Australia.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has made four changes to the team that beat the Americans, but Trimble is not one of them.

At scrum-half Eoin Reddan is selected ahead of Conor Murray for the Eden Park encounter, while Sean O'Brien, Rob Kearney and Cian Healy also return to the side.

Kidney admitted that Trimble (pictured) and others such as Ronan O’Gara were pushing hard for a starting spot, saying: “There is no problem with who to pick, the problems is who to leave out.”

It’s tough on Trimble, who starred for the Irish before the World Cup, and has the ability to make a real impact in New Zealand.

McLaughlin said: “I was disappointed that Andrew only had that little cameo off the bench against USA because he certainly was Ireland’s best player in the warm-up games.”

While Trimble warms the bench, fellow Ulster stars Stephen Ferris and Rory Best have kept their places for the match with the Aussies with Tom Court back on the bench after starting in the World Cup opener against Eddie O’Sullivan’s side.

Once again there is no place in the 22 for Paddy Wallace.

Meanwhile in today’s action, Scotland produced a terrible performance as they beat Georgia 15-6.

At times Scotland looked like the minnows as they struggled to overcome a resilient Georgian team in the Group B match.

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