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GIF: The Try That Shows Why Stuart McCloskey Has To Be In The Ireland Squad

Conor O'Leary
By Conor O'Leary
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Stuart McCloskey is perhaps the form centre in Ireland. The 6'4'' inside centre has the rare combination of pace, power, and skill - and the calls for him to be include in Joe Schmidt's plans are intensifying. His form and partnership with Luke Marshall are a big reason for Ulster's resurgence after an indifferent start to the season, and the young centres combined fantastically in Ulster's double victories over Toulouse.


In fact, it was Marshall's pass to McCloskey that set up the break for Ulster's first try of the second half for Andrew Trimble. It was a crucial try for the Northerners, coming just after the end of Jackson's sin-binning and just after Toulouse were bringing themselves back into the game.

McCloskey's running lines, pace, power and ability to maximise the most amount of yards were on show. Toulouse should have put McCloskey down at least ten metres before they finally did. It was his go-forward momentum that set Ruan Pienaar up and Andrew Trimble was able to dot down in the corner.

Just look at him gliding through the gap. Come on Joe, do the right thing.


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Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

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