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Sunday 8 December 2019

Lowe backs Kearney to lead Ireland from the back

James Lowe relaunches Tackle Your Feelings Mental Wellbeing app and website
James Lowe relaunches Tackle Your Feelings Mental Wellbeing app and website

James Lowe is convinced Rob Kearney has to be the full-back Ireland turn to as the World Cup heats up.

"I hope Rob's going to be fit and play fifteen," said the Leinster wing at the relaunch of the Tackle Your Feelings Mental Wellbeing App and Website yesterday.

This comes despite the high functioning back three coach Joe Scmidt trusted against Scotland, with Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway and Jacob Stockdale all performing well in the circumstances.

There is just no substitute for experience when it comes to the grandest stage of all and Kearney has duly been named in the starting team for Saturday's clash with Japan,

"Rob, when it comes to a World Cup, looking from the outside in, he's the man you want there," said Lowe.

"You want someone awesome under the high ball, awesome in the backfield, makes good decisions,

"Not to say Jordan doesn't, but Rob's just ahead of him, he's been around a while, he's 42 now," said the cheeky chap.

Lowe takes the Stuart Lancaster view, not the Joe Schmidt view, when it comes to Joey Carbery.

"To me, he's like a fifteen playing ten, not a ten who could play fifteen. That would be how I would see it," he said.

Always a straight shooter, Lowe has no problem rolling out his opinion. This even took in the differences that make Carbery a full-back and Jonathan Sexton an out-half.

"I think he (Carbery) is expansive, can create something out of nothing," said the 27-year-old. "If you look at Jonathan, he's the puppeteer, he's got all the cards, he's the dictator, in a way. Joey is a lot more free-flowing, he likes to run the ball more.

"I mean he's got the skill-set to play ten. I just think, in open space, Joey is better playing from fifteen."

There is some merit in considering the Sexton-Carbery tandem alongside that of the Mo'unga-Barrett All Black combination.

"That would be the Irish version, wouldn't it? It definitely could work," he said.

"Beauden Barrett's a freak anywhere he plays, he's tough, he's elusive, his catch and pass, kicking, game management, it's all world class."

But for Sexton and Carbery to work out, Rob Kearney and Jordan Larmour would have to be ruled out. That's not going to happen.

Lowe also holds tight to the belief that it just feels wrong to be playing any sort of rugby when the World Cup is taking place.

"It's weird man, the fact that we are about to go into a season while the Everest is happening," he commented. "It is an interesting time for rugby. This is just me, I don't think we (Leinster) should be playing yet."

Maybe the entertainer always lurking inside of Lowe would just like to be out there - in green or black.

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