ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Thursday Jun 9, 2022

Can Hume Upset The Applecart And Start For Ireland?

Friday June 3rd in Belfast may well be looked back on as a momentous day for the current Ulster Rugby set up.

ADVERTISEMENT

Welcoming old foes Munster to the Kingspan stadium for a United Rugby Championship quarterfinal traditionally means a tough battle with plenty of fireworks throughout.

What transpired however was perhaps one of the cleanest performances of the Dan McFarland era to date.

The Ulstermen ran ragged as they swept aside the two-time European Champions with ease to progress to the semi-finals.

Next up is a mouth-watering trip to Cape Town to take on the high flying Stormers who have quite literally stormed back into contention as legitimate title challengers.

Whilst on balance, Leinster remain the Irish pace setters due in no small part to their ridiculous strength in depth. Ulster should be confident that in a one-off match-up they could rattle their southern nemesis.

Of course, before them lies the small matter of the Stormers who will fancy their chances of booking a ticket to Dublin with a chance to knock over losing European finalists.

ADVERTISEMENT

Should Ulster overcome the physical and fast Stormers, the belief within the squad will be at a point never seen before.

Having come within one point of knocking over the then European champions Toulouse, McFarland’s side has proven they have what it takes. However, if they do not go all the way this season whether correct or not, the title of almost rans will be thrown about.

Whilst this assessment may not be fair, the squad that Ulster now possesses is full of potential Irish internationals for their upcoming tour to New Zealand.

Leading the way is the 23-year-old James Hume who has become a revelation over the past couple of seasons.

The centre has shown that he is the real deal, the challenge facing him however is that Ireland coach Andy Farrell has several other centres who are also the real deal.

Starting with British and Irish Lions Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki as well as Garry Ringrose who many believe to be the best of the bunch.

This trio has had a monopoly on the Irish centre berths dating back to the Joe Schmidt era and none of them look likely to ease up between now and the World Cup.

Behind them is the ever-physical Chris Farrell of Munster and Hume’s Ulster teammate Stuart McCloskey

Dig even deeper and there is the quick rising Ciaran Frawley alongside the experienced options of Rory Scannell and Sammy Arnold.

Centre is not a position of need for Irish Rugby at this moment in time but such is the quality of Hume’s performances of late the question must be asked can he go straight into the starting line-up?

At 6’1” and 100kg with exceptional pace but more importantly a brilliant distribution game, Hume fits the bill perfectly for what Ireland are trying to achieve.

A combination with Ringrose would see two silky smooth operators get Ireland’s dangerous back three into the game quite quickly.

Should Farrell need to take a physical approach a combination with Aki could see holes blown in opposition defences.

Saving perhaps the best for last however would be a Henshaw and Hume combination that would incorporate the physicality with the footballing skills of both men.

Any of these three options are good enough to go toe-to-toe with the best in the world. The question now is which one if any will Farrell select as he looks to bed down combinations ahead of the all important World Cup.

Related Articles

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Andy Farrell resigns Irish Rugby

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Peter O'Mahony Bundee Aki

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Ireland leading All Blacks Wellington



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 7 HOURS AGO

    Two Of World Rugby’s Best Set To Go Head-To-Head

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Los Pumas Backrow Marcos Kremer Handed Mid-Range Ban Follow Red In Scotland Match

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Former Scottish Coach Under Fire For Controversial HIA Comments

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    England Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie Hammers Beauden Barrett With Low Shot

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Massive Brawl in Scotland vs Argentina Thriller At BT Murrayfield

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Finn Russell Sets Up Worldie Try As Scotland Flex Their Muscles Against 14-Man Argentina

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Kyle Sinckler pushes insane amount on the leg press

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Harry Potter misfires comeback spell as Bath defeat Leicester

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Lions Star Jordan Hendrikse Smashes 70m Penalty Kick

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Watch Adam Hastings hit 50m+ match winning drop goal in extraordinary scenes

View All

Funnies

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Brutal Story Reveals How Tough Eddie Jones Is On His Staff

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Stuart Hogg Scares The Pants Off Duhan van der Merwe

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    One Year On From Freddie Steward's Brilliant Post Springbok Match Interview

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    World Class Sledging During Scotland vs Argentina Match Picked Up On Ref Mic

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Watch Joe Marler score a drop goal and a terrific try in Harlequins Vs Barbarians match

View All

Amateur

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Cipriani set to start in last Barbarians test of the year

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Finn Russell very close to joining west-country Premiership outfit

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    South Africa name side without Cheslin Kolbe and other stars ahead of England match

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Capuozzo among the winners at the World Rugby Awards

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Watch Joe Marler score a drop goal and a terrific try in Harlequins Vs Barbarians match

View All