'I think he is an odd selector' - Luke Fitzgerald surprisedin Here is your first Forum Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:04 pm
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Luke Fitzgerald has questioned why Sean Cronin wasn't picked in Ireland's November squad, calling Joe Schmidt's decision to omit the Leinster hooker 'bizarre'.Many were surprised that Cronin was overlooked in favour of his provincial team-mate James Tracy and Ulster's Rob Herring, with captain Rory Best still firmly entrenched as Ireland's starting number two.
Speaking on The Left Wing, Independent.ie's rugby podcast, Fitzgerald hailed Schmidt as Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey a master tactician, but admitted that he is sometimes baffled by his team selections.
With Schmidt expected to step away from Ireland when his contract ends after the 2019 World Cup, Fitzgerald also thinks that the IRFU need to ensure that the best talent stays at the provinces to ensure the national team remains strong.
"Joe Schmidt is an exceptional coach, there is no doubt about that, but after 2019 he is probably going to go," Fitzgerald said.
"This isn't a personal thing, it really isn't, but I don't always agree with his selections. I think he is an odd selector, but he gets away with it because he is such a good coach and it is easy to bed into his systems once you figure out what he wants from you.
"I think him leaving creates a Authentic Pierre Turgeon Jersey vacuum. We can get away with the provinces Pascal Siakam Youth jersey not doing well because he is so good. But if he goes, I don't know if we will have another coach who will be able to do that, so in that case you need your provinces to be http://www.authenticnikeredskinshop.com/fabian-moreau-jersey-for-sale-c-74.html really strong. And if I was planning for the future that is what I would John Brown Youth jersey be focusing on."
Fitzgerald then singled out the case of Cronin as one of Schmidt's decisions which he cannot understand."I was amazed that Rob Herring and Rory http://www.authenticbuccaneersofficial.com/Nike-Vernon-Hargreaves-Iii-Jersey.html Best were shoe-ins in the squad by all accounts," he added.
"If you look at the Leinster game up there. Sean Cronin - did anyone else think that [his omission] was crazy? The talk was that he had come into form too late. But if you are in form close to the competition, you are in form, in the best of the Irish provinces and I thought he was outstanding. Weird; that's what I go back to. Joe can still get results with weird selections. That was a bizarre bit of selecting."
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