Ireland facing fly half dilemma
February 21, 2000

The Ireland selectors will be facing a rather different problem when they sit down to select the side to face Italy at Lansdowne Road in two weeks time -who to leave out rather than who to bring in.
Axed out half David Humphreys returned with a vengeance in the second half and was pivotal in the performance after replacing new comer Ronan O'Gara, who had a shaky start.
Donal Lenihan, the Ireland manager, claimed on Sunday that the decision to replace O'Gara with Humphreys early in the second period had been made because the Munster player might become over eager to make up for his poor start. It would seem likely that Humphreys will have one enough to once again claim the No. 10 shirt.
The only injury worry is Girvan Dempsey, who broke his nose in a first-half attack. Although he will sit out Lansdowne's league game against Cork Constitution next Saturday he is expected to be fit for the visit of the Italians to Dublin in two weeks time. However should he fail to make the side Mike Mullins, who filled in at full back when Dempsey went off, and has been playing at the back for Young Munster in recent weeks, may well get the nod.

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