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Kearney warns of Vakatawa danger
10 Feb 2016 13:01
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Ireland must shut down Sevens star Virimi Vakatawa at source to pull off back-to-back victories in France for the first time in 89 years, according to Dave Kearney.
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Wing Kearney could slot into Ireland's starting line-up in Paris on Saturday if Keith Earls fails to prove his fitness after suffering a suspected concussion against Wales.
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Vakatawa's try-scoring Test debut in France's 23-21 win over Italy last weekend was the Fiji-born flyer's first 15-a-side match in almost three years.
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Ireland will chase two wins on the spin in Paris for the first time since 1927 in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations encounter, but Kearney has sounded the latest warning on France's newest attacking menace.
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"You know that he's got real threats from the fact he's thrived in Sevens," said Kearney, of Vakatawa.
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"Give someone like that space and they cause you trouble.
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"He'll be looking for the space and he'll be wanting to exploit any gaps.
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"And he'll be wanting to use his footwork to cause problems."
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