Andrew Porter is an incredible rugby player. The Leinster and Ireland prop was phenomenal yet again on the weekend and has been extraordinary all season. He lasted 75 minutes in the trenches against the All Blacks, which is nearly unheard of for a front row in contemporary rugby. He shook off a serious injury that deprived him of a Lions place and has embraced change. The biggest change for him this season has been his position. Porter made the difficult move from tighthead prop to loosehead prop during the summer to take over from Cian Healy as the latter edges towards the twilight of his career. But Porter has made the move look easy.
Porter put in a massive effort against the All Blacks last Saturday. He played 75 minutes, made eight tackles and ten carries. "His capacity for the workload that he's given in the match, 75 minutes, I've seen a couple of clips of potential line breaks for New Zealand and Andrew Porter covered 40 or 50 metres in five or six seconds, covering his teammates' backside," Ferris told Balls.ie on The Buildup, in association with Ladbrokes.
"I was really disappointed with him missing out on the Lions tour, that was a huge huge disappointment for him personally and for Irish fans, pundits and commentators like ourselves. It's just brilliant to see him bounce back and he's leapfrogged Cian Healy, who's been around a very long time.
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Ferris cited one moment that didn't make the highlight reel that proves his commitment to the Ireland cause.
"He just doesn't seem to tire, he just seems to be on a consistent level the whole time. Even New Zealand's try, Codie Taylor made that break and Porter turns and sprints and sprints and sprints and he was never going to get him but he tried to get an ankle tap and he was half a yard off. That just never give up attitude."
Ferris also added that Porter is a bit of a character as well, which adds to his brilliance.
"Lastly, it helps when you have a guy that's what, 120 kgs, very powerful, quads on him like quadzilla, he is a huge huge man. By all accounts he brings something different to the squad as well, he's a wee bit out there as a character which I love. I think his hairstyle maybe sums that up. It's brilliant to see Andrew Porter going well and that front row, you can nearly be saying that's a potential Lions front row for a few years time."