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#1 14-02-2020 09:39:56

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Harbaugh said the battle for the job

Brian ODriscoll is excited. His body may hurt a little less than his playing days, but his rugby mind stays as active as ever and he is keeping a close eye on the progress of two young Ireland and Leinster centres.?Watching Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose for Leinster strikes a nostalgic chord with ODriscoll, who knows a thing or two about the arts of rugbys midfield having played 133 times for Ireland, and when he starts waxing lyrical about their potential then you take notice.Leinsters 16-8 win at Connacht on January 4, 2014, was no landmark match in the big scheme of things -- Gordon DArcys match-winning try wasnt especially unique -- but it was the first time when the present and great Ireland partnership met the future in then Connacht No. 13 Henshaw.DArcy and ODriscoll were coming to the end of their rugby careers but there was something about Henshaw that stayed with the Leinster and British & Irish Lions legend. ODriscoll never played competitively against Ringrose, but similarly, his first encounter with the future Ireland centre left a lasting impression.?With Garry, the first time I saw him I thought he had huge promise, BT Sport pundit ODriscoll tells ESPN. He was with the Ireland U20s and they were training against the national team about three years ago. You could tell immediately he was pretty special.He was a lot skinnier then, he was pretty slight but his running angles were exceptional. He had a nice passing game and clearly had something different to his peers.Robbie grew on me, the more I saw of him. He was young when he first played for Connacht as an 18 or 19-year-old but what immediately stood out was in the first game I played against him, I tried to see if he had an edge and he certainly wasnt taking any backward steps.He wasnt going to be bullied around the place. Theyre going to complement one another beautifully and theyre pretty unique.DArcy and ODriscoll played a record 56 matches alongside each other in Irelands midfield. Leinster teammates Ringrose and Henshaw are yet to play together for Ireland -- the closest they came was when Ringrose replaced Henshaw in the early stages of their match against New Zealand in Dublin.The true acid test of any partnership is at international level but ODriscoll believes the two of them can take their form with Leinster to the next stage with Ireland.Theres huge potential there. I am very excited about watching them develop, ODriscoll said. The two of them are playing provincially together for the first time and youre looking at an opportunity of them playing in the national jersey as well.Knowing how young they are, they can forge a long-lasting centre partnership. They complement each other beautifully.Robbie Henshaw is the perfect 12 for the modern game -- hes big, physical but very skilful. And Garry Ringrose is a good tackler and elusive with bundles of pace and a great offloading game. They complement one another with Johnny Sexton at 10 and Joey Carbery. They have an embarrassing of riches there.The two link up again in Saturdays Champions Cup clash between Leinster and Northampton at the RDS. Ringrose and Henshaw tormented the Saints last Friday in a performance which reminded ODriscoll of the great Leinster team that won three European titles in four years from 2009 to 2012.He credits Stuart Lancaster with bringing an increased intensity to their defence to the extent that they now use it as an attacking weapon with Ringrose and Henshaw instrumental to that new approach.ODriscoll feels normal service has been resumed at his former province complete with a young all-Ireland partnership in the centres and there is a growing excitement that Leinster are on the way back to greatness.Tune in for round 4 of the European Rugby Champions Cup with Leicester v Munster, Saturday December 17 at 15:15, followed by Leinster v Northampton Saints at 19:45 and Sale v Saracens on Sunday December 18 at 17:30, exclusively live on BT Sport 2. 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No. 7 Michigan wants to win with defense and to date the Wolverines are not even sharing the identity of the most important offensive player, their quarterback.Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh is guarding the identity of the starter like its a national secret, and its likely the world will find out together at noon ET Saturday when the season begins.Harbaugh revealed on Monday that he has chosen the starter -- either sophomore Wilton Speight or junior transfer John OKorn -- but he just isnt interested in sharing the information publicly yet.Yeah, we know who our starting quarterback is. Yes, Harbaugh said at a press conference. Ill say who our starting quarterback is before Saturday.Harbaugh said the battle for the job has been fierce but he carefully measured his words so he wouldnt tip off the identity of the starter.The competition at the quarterback position has been very good, Harbaugh said. Its been improving, as well, daily and weekly. All the quarterbacks are playing at a very high level.OKorn, a former starter at Houston, has the edge in game experience. Speight holds the edge when it comes to production in a Michigan uniform.Speight hasnt started a game but did guide the Wolverines to a winning touchdown against Minnesota last season when he replaced injured starter Jake Rudock.He thinks he has an inkling which way the decision will shake out but wasnt willing to share his opinion.I think Ive got a feel now and everyone has a feel, Speight said recently. But its Coachs decision and not many people know what goes on in Coach Haarbaughs mind.dddddddddddd Hes one of a kind, so just kind of wait and see what he does.OKorn isnt stressing over the timing of a public declaration. He said whether he is the starter or the backup will have no bearing on his preparation.I dont think it should change, honestly, if youre the first guy or the second guy, OKorn said recently. If youre the second guy youre only a snap away, so you should be preparing just as hard as the starter.Hawaii traveled from Australia, where the Rainbow Warriors lost the opener of the college football season to Cal in Sydney.The Rainbow Warriors expect to see a power football clinic from Harbaugh, no matter who is under center for Michigan. But unlike many Wolverines teams, there is no clear-cut leader in the backfield.Senior DeVeon Smith had a team-best 753 rushing yards last season but is prone to bouts of inconsistency. He maintained his starting job, partly because of other players failing to meet expectations -- like Ty Isaac -- and injury issues at the position. Isaac, now a junior, has responded differently this summer and is pushing for more time. Senior Drake Johnson is thriving despite two major knee surgeries and having his torso run over by a forklift this offseason.Michigan and Hawaii are meeting for the third time. The Wolverines won both previous meetings -- 27-10 in 1986 when Harbaugh was the quarterback and 48-17 in 1998 when Tom Brady was at the helm. ' ' '

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