He may have been expecting perhaps 18 minutes at the end of the game, but Niall Scannell entered the fray after 18 minutes due to an injury, thought to be back spasms for Rob Herring in Saturday’s World Cup warm up victory over Italy.

He was just a foot or two away from scoring his 2nd international try, however per ESPN Stats he was the 2nd highest (Irish)forward for metres on the ball (19) behind Tommy O’Donnell. His tackle count was impressive also, with 12, the 3rd highest on the day behind Munster Colleagues Kleyn & O’Donnell.