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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2007, 21:12 GMT
Geordan Murphy Q&A
Geordan Murphy
Geordan Murphy
Ireland full-back/wing

Geordan Murphy was a surprise omission from the Ireland squad for Saturday's eagerly-awaited Six Nations game against England at Croke Park.

Below the Leicester player answers some of your e-mails, many of which refer to his absence from the Ireland squad.

Geordan, I believe you are a world-class player for both Leicester and Ireland and I think Eddie O'Sullivan has got it dreadfully wrong leaving you out in the cold for the game against England? I know you keep getting asked this but why does he keep ostracising you and do you take it personally?

Hi Gaz. Eddie has got nothing against me and he's obviously picked a team that he believes can win. Unfortunately for me, I'm missing out for whatever reason. I don't take it personally but it obviously does dent the confidence when you don't get selected.

Geordan, I am bemused that Eddie O'Sullivan is not picking you as an automatic first choice full-back. Have you blotted your copybook in some way?
Patrick Brett

I don't know about that. I spoke to Eddie after the team had been selected and I was very disappointed but I'd like to think there was a fairly level playing field. Obviously, Eddie was disappointed with some of the things that I'd done. He feels he has the right balance with the players he has this weekend and that's his call to make. That's just the way it has to go.

Geordan, I'm nearly as disappointed as you as you missing out on the 22. I've always thought Eddie O'Sullivan has never given you a fair chance and when he has, it has been in your unfavoured position on the wing. Would you agree?

I've got a lot of caps under Eddie and I'm thankful for every cap. I think Eddie is trying to do the best for the country and pick the team that he believes can win games. I don't think there's anything untoward. He's trying to do a job and unfortunately, I'm not in his plans for this weekend.

It took far longer than it should have for you to get your chance in the Irish team and now, having been omitted from the squad for England, are you starting to worry that the Rugby World Cup may end up being no more than a cheap holiday for you?
Ruairidh O Laoire

No, not at all. The World Cup is coming up and we're all looking ahead to it and I'm very hopeful of going and I'm looking forward to the preparations over the next few months.

Why do Ireland every year promise so much but at the last gasp we always have our heads in our hands? Is there a lack of self-belief on these occasions? Is change right at the top needed to get the mind set right?
William Simms

No, I don't think self-belief is an issue. Against France it was just one of those games where we didn't play to our potential and that's why France won it.

Hi Geordan. I was wondering how does one react to an incident such as when Ibanez went "straight through you" for the try during a game? Not being critical but that surely could have been a real blow to a player and I wonder how you think in the moments after such an incident? Of course, you produced a great block to deny a certain try late on.
Patrick Coote

Well obviously, straight away you realise that you've made a massive mistake but you know that you have got to keep going. You have two options - throw the towel in or try to do something positive. A couple of things didn't come off for me at the start of that game but I kept coming back and tried to do positive things after that. Thankfully I made a positive impact afterwards.

Who were your sporting idols when you were growing up?

There was a local footballer called Joe Gleeson who I really admired when I was very young. I used to watch him and he was a couple of years ahead of me in school. In rugby, I always admired (Serge) Blanco and (David) Campese. In Irish rugby, people like (Trevor) Ringland and (Keith) Crossan. I played a lot of golf when I was younger and I admired Ernie Els although Tiger Woods has really taken over the sport now. I used to play a lot of golf when I was younger although I don't play as much these days and I'm probably about a 14-handicapper nowadays. I'm still a member of Naas Golf Club and I get the chance to play a bit when I'm at home.

Are you staying with the Ireland squad over the weekend or have you gone back home to Leicester?
Jim Rathbone

I left the Ireland camp on Tuesday and I've also been given a few days off by Leicester. Leicester have a game at home to Northampton this weekend but because they were not expecting me to be available, I'm not involved in their plans either. I'm just going to chill out and catch up with a few friends.

Where will you watch Saturday's match, given that you are not involved?
Fiona Harvey

I'm not sure where I'm going to watch the match and it's been a topic of some discussion today with my friends. I was going to go to the game even though I found it difficult enough to get tickets. I did eventually manage to get two but my Mum and Dad were quite keen to go so I have given them those tickets. I'll probably end up watching it in a pub somewhere. It could be England, in Ireland or maybe even abroad. I'm thinking about taking a few days away. We'll see what we come up with.

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