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ROG casts verdict on Aki vs Henshaw at centre

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

16:46 4 Feb 2019

Ronan O'Gara believes Bundee Aki should still start at centre ahead of Robbie Henshaw.

Henshaw's selection at full-back was the big tactical talking point prior to Ireland's loss to England.

But if Rob Kearney returns at 15 for the remainder of the Six Nations, where does that leave Henshaw and Aki?

ROG was speaking at our Vodafone HQ rugby special alongside Alan Quinlan and picked who should start alongside Garry Ringrose.

"Bundee Aki's who I'd play in the centre at the minute," he replied to Joe Molloy.

Change the back-line?

"He offers so much at 12 I think. And not to say, Robbie Henshaw doesn't."

ROG acknowledged that Aki "didn't pass well on Saturday". But that generally "he's a nice passer".

But the Munster legend also added that he wouldn't necessarily change the back-line that featured against England.

"I'd probably leave it the way it was, the back-line," he said.

"I'd say, 'I've picked you as a seven for this game and you didn't perform. Here you go. Show me what you got'. And then if not, we've got another meeting."

You can watch ROG and Quinny in full on the video player above.

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