Stephen Ferris is eager to see Garry Ringrose make his mark in an Ireland jersey
Ex-Ireland and Ulster back-row reviews a young starting side for the Canada game20:48 Thursday 10 November 2016, 20:48 10 Nov 2016
Former Ireland back-row Stephen Ferris is eager to see how Garry Ringrose fares against Canada as head coach Joe Schmidt includes him in an exciting young side for Saturday's game.
A number of emerging players are included in the team, including Tiernan O'Halloran and Jack O'Donoghue, Garry Ringrose, while the likes of James Tracy, John Ryan, Niyi Adeolokun and Luke Carbery are part of an exciting young bench.
But the centre-partnership is the one Ferris is excited to see, including one debutant who has been generating plenty of buzz.
"It's probably Garry Ringrose. He's been hyped up a lot. There's been a lot of talk about him. I know Brian O'Driscoll is a massive fan of him and it'd be great to see how he goes in an international fixture," he said on Off The Ball.
"He's going to be alongside an old colleague of mine in Luke Marshall, who was playing last week in Edinburgh and suffered a defeat there. It would be good to see how that partnership goes in midfield and with Craig Gilroy getting another chance on the wing, Keith Earls who I played with a number of times back in the day and O'Halloran at full-back who has been rock solid for Connacht.
"I was down at the Connacht game against Toulouse and he was outstanding that day. So I'm really looking forward to see how the back-line goes."
Ferris would love to see Ringrose get plenty of ball in order to show his skill-set and adds that "I'm really looking forward to seeing him play in an Irish jersey".
Jack O'Donoghue, who will debut at No 8, is another who Ferris is eager to see.
"I'm just really, really excited to see these young guys and see what they can do on the international stage," he said.
"It's another time and another showcase to get out there and show what you've got."
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