Gordon D’Arcy hails young greens of future Ireland

Ireland and Ulster centre Luke Marshall who scored a try against Fiji
Ireland and Ulster centre Luke Marshall who scored a try against Fiji

Irish centre Gordon D’Arcy had special praise for Ulster winger Craig Gilroy who marked his international debut with an electrifying try.

“Talking to him before hand I said you’re here because you do what you do really well so just get out there and do what you do exceptionally well and he did,” said D’Arcy.

“He is so hard to tackle off both feet, his ability when he gets hit to spin and keep going, he chased every ball that came his way, his defence was rock solid and I though he had an exceptional game for a first cap.”

The old saying in rugby is the forwards win the game and the backs decide by how many, D’Arcy though felt it was the Irish pack which provided the platform for victory.

“We have done a reasonable amount of talking about new phases, a new group,a new game plan, how we wanted to play the game.”

“There were elements of that against South Africa but we stuttered at half time, we built on that progress in the Fiji game and for 60 minutes we were in control of that game.”

“Against the Pumas for 70 to 75 minutes we were really positive in executing the plan, there was role knowledge and people in the right place executing their jobs.”

“The scrum was rock solid and I take my hat off to the tight five. They were sitting in the changing room absolutely shattered but when they win the ball for you it makes rugby a lot simpler.”

“The best teams in the world take their scrum and lineout for granted and they win the ball on the front foot.

“The tight five gave us front foot ball and it makes your world so much easier, it’s a very Irish thing not to tell people when they do stuff well, I’d be first person over to them because I have huge admiration for what they do as they are unsung heroes.”

D’Arcy also paid tribute to his Leinster colleague Johnny Sexton, the Irish outhalf scored two and was involved in four of the other five tries.

“We are blessed to have Johnny, his selection of what to play and where to play is always absolutely first class and he showed why he is probably one of the best outhalves in the world.”

“He controlled the game, everyone knew exactly where they were going and what that were doing and the execution was first class.”

D’Arcy feels the autumn test has shown that Ireland have a new young generation that are ready to step up and take their chance.

“There were two guys who didn’t make the 23. Paddy Jackson and Luke Marshall, are fully developed and ready to go. You could have thrown them in there and they would have done as well as everybody else.”

“The guys coming through are top quality and mentality tough they will learn from the South African game about the need to win and to be mentality tough in a tough environment.”

“When you’re playing a game against Argentina there is pressure to take your opportunities, they are two different learning curves but both very important. Hopefully a mixture of those will come through for the Six Nations.”

“I think we are at the start of a really exciting group of players who are bringing their own unique brand to the green jersey. Declan is trying to get an Irish way of playing where he’s taking all the positives from the provinces and the management have done a good job in trying to build a game plan around the strengths of all the players.”