OTB Gold

On air now

OTB Gold

05:00 PM-07:00 PM

Rugby

‘Our age-profile is too high’ | Quinlan highlights Andy Farrell's first major task

Eoin Harte
Eoin Harte

11:20 21 Oct 2019


Share this article


Alan Quinlan was on Monday’s OTB AM and hoped for a younger, more exciting Ireland team to come through in the next few years.

Most of Ireland’s key players in this World Cup were in their 30s, with captain Rory Best being 37 while their main playmaker Johnny Sexton is 34.

While Quinlan didn’t lay all the blame at the feet of the elder players, the former flanker feels that now is the time to bring younger players in.

“Our age profile is too high in this team. So I think David Nucifora and Andy Farrell have got to find young players now and promote them from the u20s and get them in there.

“Joe [Schmidt] did that. In 2018 he brought in Larmour, Porter, Leavy and James Ryan. James Ryan was brought straight into the team.

“He never played for Leinster. So he cannot be accused of not trying to bring young guys in,” Quinlan said.

Do Ireland have enough strength in depth?

The former Munster and Ireland player also felt that a lack of strength in depth limits Ireland in replacing players that are past their best.

“There are certain positions where the players aren’t there. There’s a couple of positions where you couldn’t say, ‘There are people being left at home that should have been on the plane.’

“There are a couple of areas in the squad, and that’s probably the back three, where Conway and Larmour were so good against Scotland.

“They bring that little bit of x-factor that we were talking about. That offloading ability, that dancing footwork. Maybe Joe should have thrown caution to the wind and said, ‘Right, I’m just going to go with them.’

“He was probably nervous that if he put them in against the All Blacks that they would have just kicked the leather off the ball and target Larmour,” Quinlan commented.

Andy Farrell will now take over as Ireland’s head coach ahead of the Six Nations and has some big decisions to make.

While players such as Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney still have plenty to give, both are unlikely to make the next Rugby World Cup.

So the question is, does Farrell stick with the old guard for the start of his time in charge? Or will he immediately bring in young players in preparation for the future?

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Share this article


Read more about

Alan Quinlan Ireland RWC Rugby

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

05:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

Up next

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

LIVE: Wednesday Night Rugby

08:00 PM-08:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Brendan Maher interview

LIVE: Brendan Maher interview

08:30 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-09:30 AM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

09:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

12:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

OTB

OTB

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on