Humble Ringrose ready to take on Joseph and Te'o
Garry Ringrose is as humble as his mum’s apple pie and just about as tasty when it comes to the cut and thrust of the Six Nations.
One by one, Ireland’s outside centres have fallen – Jared Payne, Robbie Henshaw and Chris Farrell – for Ringrose to be called in from the cold.
The 23 year-old was brought back from a badly fractured season for Leinster to counter the in-form Huw Jones last Saturday.
The highly intelligent, highly skilled Ringrose showed how to turn muscle into mucus as the Scottish centre spluttered through the experience.
The Dubliner now moves on to the prospect of playing against England and Eddie Jones’ chosen pair of Ben Te’o and Ringrose’s personal responsibility Jonathan Joseph.
The Bath centre went on the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand with ambitions to become a global name.
It didn’t quite work out that way and his star has not shone as brightly this season as it had in the previous two.
“From some of the analysis, you don’t have to look back far to see what Jonathan Joseph is capable of,” cautioned Ringrose.
“Even going away from home just presents a different challenge and then playing against someone of his quality, it’ll be a tough day.”
It won’t be made any easier by the presence of Ringrose’s former Leinster centre partner Ben Te’o at twelve.
“Yeah, it was my first year coming in from the academy and playing alongside him,” said Ringrose.
“There was a couple of times when he’d get the ball and do a lot of the work and then I’d try and trail him up and if I could get an offload or something.
“He’s an incredibly strong carrier, which is no secret, but he does also have that ability to take the line on and then get an offload and create space.”
Of course, Ringrose will have Bundee Aki on the inside to mind Te’o.
“In terms of myself and Bundee, it’s just trying to back each other up and cover each other when it does go wrong.
“Hopefully, if we work as hard as we can and stick to the system, it shouldn’t.”
It would go a long way towards making it Ireland’s day.