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This Is Why There's Such A Clamour For Matt Healy's Inclusion In Joe Schmidt's Ireland Squad

This Is Why There's Such A Clamour For Matt Healy's Inclusion In Joe Schmidt's Ireland Squad
By Gavan Casey Updated

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what Matt Healy can do for your country.

Despite a heartbreaking late defeat to Grenoble beneath the Alps this evening, Connacht's fullback tore the French outfit asunder.

The 27-year-old was instrumental in Connacht's stunning first half display, having more than a hand in three of the best tries you'll see all season. At the start of the second period, the Landsdowne man took one in himself with a moment of individual brilliance.

Healy ran a beautiful line, showing his pace as he cantered through the Grenoble rearguard and crossed for his seventh European try of the season. It portrayed the kind of gainline penetration from deep that many believe Rob Kearney now incapable of producing, with Simon Zebo also yet to truly endear himself at fullback.

Naturally, the magnitude of his performance got Irish rugby fans chattering on social media - indeed, he was trending on Twitter midway through the second half.

The message was simple: Get him in Joe Schmidt's squad for South Africa.

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Over to you, Joe. And, well, to a lesser extent, Enda and Micháel. The people have spoken.

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