RTÉ rugby analyst Donal Lenihan is excited by the prospect of Rónan Kelleher starting for Ireland against Scotland on Sunday and downplayed concerns about his lineout throwing.
Kelleher looks set to keep his place in the Ireland starting XV, having made his first start for his country in the 48-10 victory over Italy in the Stadio Olimpico.
While Kelleher generally impressed in Rome, there were still some concerns about his throwing, but Lenihan believes that these are minor issues which can be ironed out.
Lenihan is hoping to see the same pack that started against the Azzurri get the nod against Scotland and he believes that Kelleher could be a long-term solution for Ireland at hooker.
Speaking on the RTÉ Rugby Podcast, he said: "Prior to the Italy game, I thought that pack had the best balance I had seen for a while, I was really excited about it.
"I thought they performed extremely well against Italy but Kelleher is a must at hooker.
"I keep going back to fellas' like Keith Wood and Jerry Flannery, they all went through issues with throwing early in their career. That’s something that hookers have to just work through.
"For me he is that player of the future, he is dynamic along with young [Dan] Sheehan at Leinster who could be in the running come the next World Cup."
Lenihan was impressed by the performance of the forwards as an attacking option against Italy and is hoping to see more of the same against the Scots.
"But I just think that balance of what we had starting against Italy, I love James Ryan, [Iain] Henderson and [Tadhg] Beirne working in the same pack and giving us all those options lineout wise.
"You’re looking at dynamic players, great carriers, people who can beat opposition players and that what it’s about.
"If your forwards can get their hands through and contribute in that respect, then the likes of Ringrose and Henshaw, they get the opportunity to play."
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