The Doc’s Prescription - The Blame Game

Ireland Rugby Squad Training, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare 8/2/2013'Head coach Declan Kidney'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/James Crombie
Ireland Rugby Squad Training, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare 8/2/2013'Head coach Declan Kidney'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/James Crombie

IRELAND’S senior international rugby coach, Declan Kidney, is a man under sustained pressure after the recent Six Nations result against Scotland, but should he be the man to blame?

No matter what your sport, when players cross the white line they are generally in control of their own destiny.

The coach can take responsibility for player selection and tactics, but exactly what do the players themselves take responsibility for?

Against England and Scotland the Irish players made some basic errors one wouldn’t see in an underage game anywhere, yet it’s the head of the coach everyone is calling for!

Is Declan Kidney responsible for the fact that captain, Jamie Heaslip couldn’t make simple catches or that pass selection was wrong time and time again?

Those inside the dressing room will know if Kidney’s motivational skills have reached their limit and if it’s time for him to go, but what has that got to do with the type of poor display from some of the players over the last two games.

So shocking have some of the displays been that they have possibly ruled some of the players out of Lions contention.

The likes of Heaslip, Zebo and Sexton, who would have been certainties, will now have serious question marks against their selection while some others will have ruled themselves out.

The coach may eventually pay the ultimate price but some of the players will also pay on some level.