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Monday 20 August 2018

Murray is up to the job, says O'Driscoll

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll is convinced Conor Murray has the temperament to make a success of his full Test debut.

Murray has been catapulted into tomorrow's World Cup opener against the United States at Stadium Taranaki despite his lack of experience in what is a bold selection by coach Declan Kidney.

The 22-year-old, the squad's youngest player, only established himself as a first-team regular for Munster this year, but he has already earned O'Driscoll's approval.

"Conor is a confident young man. We were talking about him behind his back, about his probable man of the match performance in the Magners League final," he said.

"Although David Wallace picked the award up, the boys thought Conor was outstanding. He's shown great form and presence in training.

"I have no doubt he's up to the challenge. He's definitely got the right temperament for this. I've got to know him a little bit better over the last few weeks. He's confident, but not arrogant."

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