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D'Arcy is tipped for outside centre
16 Sep 2014 16:04
Gordon D'Arcy could prove Ireland boss Joe Schmidt's surprise choice to succeed Brian O'Driscoll at outside centre.
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Ireland's Kiwi coach must quickly solve the conundrum of how best to handle life after record caps-holder O'Driscoll's summer retirement.
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Connacht's Robbie Henshaw has been widely tipped to fill the void, with O'Driscoll himself joining that clamour.
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Head coach Schmidt may well consider sliding O'Driscoll's long-term centre partner from 12 to 13 however, according to former Ireland flanker David Wallace.
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"It will be interesting to see how that pans out as there are a lot of guys sticking their hands up for the job," Wallace told Press Association Sport.
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"There are also serious thoughts of Gordon D'Arcy moving out there to 13 as well though.
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"You look at him and Brian: they are actually very similar players, and Gordon's probably more suited to outside centre naturally anyway.
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"It's just that Brian's been there so long that no one was going to move him.
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"Maybe you could bring a bigger centre in there, and perhaps Gordon could move across."
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