Will Addison believes Ireland boast enough creative talents to thrive in a twin play-making system at the World Cup.
Connacht’s Jack Carty will jump ahead of Ross Byrne in the World Cup selection stakes with a positive showing at fly-half in Saturday’s warm-up clash against Wales in Cardiff.
Byrne struggled in Ireland’s record 57-15 loss to England at Twickenham last weekend and has not made the bench for the Principality Stadium trip.
Addison will start at full-back but also cover fly-half, with centre Garry Ringrose also an option to step in at 10 off the bench.
“There’s a couple of guys who like to play-make in our backline and I think it’s something we’ve done really well over the last 12 months. Guys have stepped in at 12, 10, wherever across the backline,” said Addison.
“Jordan Larmour has done brilliantly there as a second receiver and there are other guys too.
“I’ve stepped in at 10 in the past at Sale and I’ve done it with Ulster the odd bit of time and, yeah, if it happens, you’ve got to be ready for it, as I’m sure Garry Ringrose will be ready for it too.”
Utility back Addison has featured in cameos at fly-half with Ulster, though Leinster star Ringrose has not played 10 since school.
Head coach Joe Schmidt is clearly boosting Ireland’s emergency options by challenging Addison and Ringrose to cover fly-half this weekend, but any World Cup injuries and one or both just might find themselves piloting the backline in Japan.
Premier playmaker Johnny Sexton is yet to feature in Ireland’s World Cup warm-up schedule, having suffered a thumb problem and then a minor leg concern.
Ireland still expect their British and Irish Lions talisman to be at full tilt for the World Cup kick-off, against Scotland on September 22.
Joey Carbery remains in a race against time to be fit from ankle trouble for that opening Pool A encounter. The Munster star’s injury concern means Ireland are likely to take a third recognised 10, leaving the door open for Carty or Byrne.
An Ireland backline driven by either Addison or Ringrose at fly-half might receive an injection of pace and a desire for direct running though, which Schmidt will doubtless hope can hand his attack an entirely different dimension.
England Under-20s graduate Addison boasts just three Ireland caps but Schmidt prizes his versatility and attacking acumen extremely highly.
The 27-year-old now has one shot against Wales to impress and force his way into Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad.
Schmidt described Addison as a “Jack of all trades and master of several” on Thursday, and the man himself is happy to keep being valued for that versatility.
“I think throughout my career I’ve always played a couple of positions,” said Addison.
“At the start of my career I would have preferred 13 but played a good bit on the wing.
“You take the positives from that: because it helps you learn what your 13 is after, and learn what your 10 is after.
“I don’t really see it as something that I desperately want to specialise because I just want to be involved.
“At the moment for me it’s not about specialising, it’s about enjoying any opportunity I get in whatever position it is and using that experience as a positive wherever it impacts on another position further down the line. I just enjoy whatever is thrown at me.”
- Karthi to play dual roles in his next film with PS Mithran
- Laura Whitmore is joined back home in Ireland by boyfriend Iain Sterling before the couple jet to South Africa for Love Island
- New Year Honours 2020: Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody becomes OBE
- The Republic: the Fight for Irish Independence 1918-1923 by Charles Townshend – review
- IPL 2020: New Zealand's Ish Sodhi roped in as spin-consultant by Rajasthan Royals
- Sodhi named Royals' spin consultant and operations executive
- Ish Sodhi returns to Rajasthan Royals as spin consultant, operations executive
- Laura Whitmore FaceTimes boyfriend Iain Stirling as they spend Christmas apart... after presenter secured coveted job as Caroline Flack's Love Island replacement
- SuperCoach BBL: What do you do when Khan won’t be playing in Round 5?
- What does Britishness mean to you?
- High court rules against David Miranda over Heathrow detention – live coverage
- Why 'shelfies,' not selfies, are a better snapshot of who you are
- Top 25 Baseball Stories of the Decade — No. 16: Baseball implements a domestic violence policy
- 50 Million Facebook Accounts Hacked: What Should You Do?
- Pakistan in 2019
- 'Now we want justice': Families of 21 murdered Birmingham pub bombing victims demand police arrest IRA terrorists after inquest finds they were unlawfully killed
- Conservatives Play the Anti-Semitism Card Against Obama
- Inside the scorched US embassy in Baghdad: Charred remains of security checkpoint revealed after pro-Iran mob attacked complex forcing President Trump to fly in a hundred more Marines
- Why Sharing "Emotional Labor" is the Best Mother's Day Gift
- Stars cry, dazzle in desert fest
Addison happy to fill dual role for Ireland have 830 words, post on www.eveningexpress.co.uk at August 30, 2019. This is cached page on Europe Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.