O’Driscoll causes a stir for Cullen with 6 Nations tweet
Leinster chief Leo Cullen is doing his best to keep young Garry Ringrose’s feet on the ground after a tweet from Brian O’Driscoll suggested he should be considered for the 6 Nations line-up this coming February.
Ringrose was nominated for the 2014 World Rugby Junior Player of the Year, and recently turned heads as Leinster beat Munster in a 24-7 performance at Thomond Park.
.@IrishRugby could do a whole lot worse than going with Garry Ringrose against Wales on Feb 7th.
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) December 27, 2015
“I think he is a very good outside-centre,” Cullen told the Irish Independent. “We try to just bring Garry through slowly this season. He’s working away really, really well all of the time.
“It’s a really competitive area for us. We’ve got lots of options there, which is pleasing.
“I have no influence over who starts for Ireland in the Six Nations so maybe the Irish coaches may have an issue with Brian rather than me.
“We want our young players to be able to play for Leinster for 12 to 15 years so that’s an important part of it. There’s a lot of games this season and we want to make sure that guys come through in the right manner.
“How big is big for international rugby? Shane Williams played a lot of international games and he is not bigger than Garry Ringrose.
“That’s for someone else to decide. Garry will more than likely get more games for Leinster between now and then so we’ll see.”
You can download or subscribe to a 6 Nations Calendar on the RBS site, and keep an eye on the line-ups as they’re announced in the coming weeks.