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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 September 2007, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Geordan Murphy Q&A
Geordan Murphy
Geordan Murphy
Ireland full-back/wing

Geordan Murphy has controversially been left out of Ireland's 22-man squad for their crucial World Cup game against France on Friday. He answers some of the many questions you have put to him over the last week.

Q: I have just heard that you have been left out of the 22 (to face France) altogether. I can't believe this. We need you in the side to spark this World Cup into life.

Do you think the creative side of rugby is been lost to a more coached structured and, ultimately, boring approach. This must be frustrating for you, one of our more flair players. Are players like yourself a thing of the past?
Paul, 25, Waterford

I don't think flair players are a thing of the past. A lot of work has been done on defences but rugby seems to roll in cycles and the attacking game evolves.

At the minute, there is a huge emphasis on defence and I suppose you need people who are going to do something different to break them down. I always say to kids when I am coaching that the good thing about rugby is that it is a game for all shapes and sizes.

If I feature at any stage I can hopefully try to provide the spark to the backline. When I play I try and do things to create tries and sometimes it has worked against me. I always try it so I suppose it is to my detriment.

Gordon D'Arcy is wrapped up by Georgia's defence
Ireland have struggled in their opening two matches in France

Q: Geordan, I'm a big admirer of your style of play. Are you shocked to be dropped from the match day squad? Do you fear that you will not get any real World Cup game time?
Sean MacGiolla, Belfast

I am disappointed. Everyone always wants to be involved in the games but unfortunately that is not the case.

With a squad of 30, only 22 can be involved. It's disappointing not to be involved but I can't really control that. Obviously I'd like to play in the World Cup and it's important to try to remain positive. Hopefully we have a few more games to try to get that run-out in.

Q: It's difficult to see any positives as an Ireland fan after the opening two games against Namibia and Georgia.

What would you say to the legions of tense and nervous Ireland supporters out there who are willing the team on but can't see us getting past France or Argentina?
David Bell, 33, London

Have faith and believe. The team knows we didn't play to our potential in either of those games but we got two wins.

We have a huge task ahead of us. We have not showed the form that we showed in the Six Nations but this is when we need the fans the most. We need them to get behind and hopefully they will support us all the way.

Q: I was at the Namibia match in Bordeaux. Are you as disappointed as I am as to the silence of the Irish fans? I tried hard! Does the crowd support lift the team? I'm sure the deafening Irish silence didn't help!
Chris, 37, Broadstairs

It's a double-edged sword. The crowd does help and it is fantastic when you play home games and the crowd can get behind you. The stadium in Bordeaux is so big and the stands so far away from the pitch that it probably wasn't an electric atmosphere.

But some of that could have been because the fans did not have too much to sing about. Hopefully in Paris, they will be a lot more vocal.

Q: With the Republic of Ireland football team now seemingly down and out of Euro 2008, do you and the rest of the team feel more pressure to achieve at the Rugby World Cup? Did the rugby squad watch the Football teams loss to the Czech Republic in Prague this week?
Quintin, 22, Manchester

I didn't watch it because it wasn't on the telly over here but I obviously heard all about it.

I'm disappointed for the guys, but they are two different sports so I don't feel any added pressure as a result of the soccer team losing.

Q: When you're on international duty do you keep one eye on how Leicester are doing?
Ed Pearson, 23, Leicester

Yes I do. Leicester are very fortunate to have a very good website so when I'm not there I usually check in and see what's happening back at the club.

I get lots of phone calls from the guys as well and they keep me up to date with how things are going. I always keep an eye on what is going on.

Most of the Irish players play their club rugby in Ireland in the Magners League. Would you agree that if they played in the Guinness Premiership or the French League, where opposition are a lot stronger, that Ireland would have a stronger side ?
Gerard Cahill, 26, Nottingham

The Magners League is a very competitive league, certainly the Magners sides we come up against for Leicester are all very competitive.

It is very difficult to compare leagues. I know some people say "the Magners League is stronger than the French League" but at the end of the day it is all rugby and there are professional players playing in every team now.

On occasions you get a very good side and they dominate the club game but that does not happen very often. I don't think it's fair to say the Magners League is not as strong as any other league.

And a final question from us.

Many Ireland fans are very concerned at the way the team is playing at the moment. Do you have any explanation for why performances have been so below par?

No, I don't, to be honest. It's strange. A lot of credit has to go to the two teams we have faced. Everyone saw us putting a lot of points on both Georgia and Namibia but they played out of their skins.

They had superb games and played as if their lives depended on it. They scrambled and tackled and did a very good job. We did not play to our potential and I suppose because of that we got two very close games.

I can't put my finger on it. I did not feature in either game so it's a lot tougher from the stand to speculate but hopefully things will come good for us this Friday.

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