It hasn't escaped notice that Stephen Cluxton is not taking 45's this season. Those long jogs up the field, which sparked groans and jeers among opposition supporters, have not been a feature of Dublin's campaign in 2015. Dean Rock has assumed the responsibility this championship.
Colm Parkinson was demanding to the reason for this change.
Anyone know why Cluxton is gone off the 45's?
— Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) July 13, 2015
Apparently, it's down to Cluxton's dear old legs. Ciaran Whelan appeared on our GAA podcast 'The Hard Shoulder' a couple of weeks back.
Anthony Moyles asked Whelan about Cluxton's role in Dublin's renaissance in the past few years.
Whelan spoke about Dublin's kickout strategy evolved during Pat Gilroy's time and Cluxton's desire to do something revolutionary within the game.
However, he said that he is no longer taking 45's owing to a 'weakness in his leg'.
He's not taking the 50's anymore, cos I think he's a dodgy... there's a weakness in his leg. Dean Rock is taking them.
So, his legs are to blame. They haven't hindered his kick-outs seemingly. Indeed, they have been greatly beneficial.