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Friday 24 January 2020

Ringrose's hoping to play some more expansive rugby

Garry Ringrose. Photo: Sportsfile
Garry Ringrose. Photo: Sportsfile

Of all the Irish players who were waiting anxiously by their phone yesterday, hoping not to see Andy Farrell's name pop up on the screen, Garry Ringrose was one of those sitting most comfortably.

Ringrose was arguably Ireland's standout performer at the World Cup and has since continued that superb form with Leinster.

It's not all about scoring tries, but the fact that the 24-year-old has already crossed the whitewash more times (eight) in six games this season than in the entirety of any other campaign tells you everything you need to know about how much of an attacking threat Ringrose has been.

Over the next few weeks, the outside centre will get a chance to work with a new attack coach in Mike Catt, while Farrell is also set to have more of a say on that side of the game as he extends his focus beyond the defence.

It's one of the many reasons why the likes of Ringrose is relishing the chance to get back into international camp.

"Obviously Faz is extending beyond defence and Si (Easterby) is picking up a bit of the defence," PwC ambassador Ringrose said at the announcement of the company's partnership renewal with the IRFU.

"It will be interesting to pick his brain on the attacking front because I wouldn't have gotten the opportunity before.

"In terms of the Six Nations challenges, I haven't really over-thought it too much, only try and be better as opposed to setting an end target.

"The motivation is to go and win the Six Nations but you don't throw that around. You focus on what gets you there.

"There are challenges obviously with the new coach and there are a few moving parts to get settled."

Ringrose, who is one of the most reserved talkers within the Ireland squad, was asked about what he made of Best's assertion that Joe Schmidt had overloaded the players with too much information in Japan, but unsurprisingly he wouldn't be drawn on it.

"Obviously hindsight is 20/20, and it's coulda-shoulda. I don't know whether I'd say we were overloaded, I don't have the experience to compare it to other World Cups."

Farrell will be eager to put his stamp on the team as early as possible ahead of Scotland arriving in Dublin on February 1, and the word so far is that the Englishman will look to play a more attacking game.

Ringrose is certainly hoping that is the case.

"In terms of the style of play, hopefully we can play a little bit more expansively," he added.

"It's a tricky one because the way that I look at it, you can have the best intentions to play expansively but wherever the space is, that's where you attack.

"The players work with the coaches to have the best tools to exploit that."

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