Six Nations 2014: Murray wary of Care as Ireland named unchanged side
Six Nations 2014: Ireland name an unchanged side to face England as Brian O'Driscoll wins his race to be fit for the Twickenham clash
Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray is only too aware of the threat posed by opposite number Danny Care after Ireland named an unchaged side to face England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Murray has got the better of Scotland’s Greig Laidlaw and Wales’ Mike Phillips in Ireland’s opening two Six Nations victories but he’s expecting an even sterner test against a resurgent Care.
He’s definitely a player we’ll have to keep an eye on
The Harlequins scrum-half has started both matches for England, inspiring a fightback against France before leading the charge in the 20-0 victory over Scotland.
Care has not always been first choice scrum-half under Stuart Lancaster but his form for Harlequins forced his head coach’s hand – and Murray admits Ireland, who have named the same starting XV that swept aside Wales so emphatically, must be switched on from the outset.
“He’s as dangerous as any in the world with the ball in hand,” said Murray.
“He’s a threat from anywhere, he’ll try anything from anywhere and he has the ability to pull off some really spectacular plays. So he’s definitely a player we’ll have to keep an eye on.
“Whoever’s in the line of defence, whoever’s closest to the ruck will have to watch him closely; he likes to snipe in and around there.
“He’ll try little dinks, he’ll throw offloads, and whoever’s in that front line has got to be switched on.”
Ireland: Rob Kearney (Leinster); Andrew Trimble (Ulster), Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster), Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster), Dave Kearney (Leinster); Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro), Conor Murray (Munster); Cian Healy (Leinster), Rory Best (Ulster), Mike Ross (Leinster), Devin Toner (Leinster), Paul O’Connell (Munster) capt; Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Chris Henry (Ulster), Jamie Heaslip (Leinster).
Replacements: Sean Cronin (Leinster), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Martin Moore (Leinster), Iain Henderson (Ulster), Jordi Murphy (Leinster), Isaac Boss (Leinster), Paddy Jackson (Ulster), Fergus McFadden (Leinster)