Six Nations 2013: Heaslip calls on Ireland to find high standards again

Six Nations 2013: Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip calls on his side to rediscover their high standards against France on Saturday

Jamie Heaslip
Jamie Heaslip was named as Ireland captain before the Six Nations Photo: M+MD, via Flickr

Jamie Heaslip

Jamie Heaslip says Ronan O’Gara’s omission from the Ireland squad to face France shows the high standards which must be met to play for the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam winners.

Ronan O’Gara, who won his 128th cap for Ireland last time out in the defeat to Scotland, was omitted from Declan Kidney’s 22-man party for the forthcoming clash with France.

Jonny Sexton was then ruled out of the match against les Bleus but O’Gara has not been recalled to the squad, Kidney preferring to put his faith in 21-year-old Paddy Jackson and Leinster’s uncapped fly-half Ian Madigan.

And while Heaslip was quick to point out that player selection is out of his hands, he is only too aware that the Ireland squad must step up or risk being dropped.

“In terms of who gets in and who gets out that is a decision for the management,” he said.

“Ronan has been a great player he’s a great squad guy as well and now there’s an opportunity for someone else to step in.

“We set our standards very high in training and our standards high in the game as well, and when you don’t step up to that level, I suppose, the coaches have to make a decision then.”

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