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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 October, 2003, 16:10 GMT 17:10 UK
Seles style suits Maggs

By Brian O'Driscoll
Ireland centre

We had a good rest on Thursday. Had a bit of craic as it was actually Victor Costello's birthday.

Brian O'Driscoll take on the Namibia defence
Brian O'Driscoll hopes for drier conditions against Argentina

We gave him a bit of stick about being the oldest player in the squad. He wasn't amused.

Headed for a bit of shopping in Adelaide with Shaggy (Shane Horgan) and we were coming back on one of the trams when we met up with Eddie O'Sullivan and Keith Wood and some of the boys.

All of a sudden we were at a stop, and Victor's tram passed by, and we all started to sing 'Happy Birthday' to him.

Once again he was a bit peeved. But we gave him a big cake for him to keep him happy.

Big Mal O'Kelly has been on his best behaviour of late, and has not had to pay any more fines.

But he's still a bit miffed as we now have a new table tennis competition on the go and he is way down the ladder.

Mal's a fairly handy player. In fact he's probably a top 10 candidate, but for some reason he's down at number 32.

Kevin Maggs is a bit of a Monica Seles type player
There are a couple of dubious rankings I have to admit.

Mike Ford, our defensive coach is at number five, which is a bit of a joke.

The problem for some is that Kevin Maggs is fairly well up the list and a bit of a Monica Seles type player.

He's hard to put away, and with having to beat the player in front of you to progress, there are a few moans and groans.

My cousin Gary, who is team doctor, is number one seed at present.

The seedings were done by Ulster scrum-half Neil Doak and he has been very kind to himself.

He actually is the best player yet he only ranked himself at three.

Fair play to Doakey. He's battling away in training and like some of the boys who haven't got a game yet, he realises that he's only one injury away from playing in this World Cup.

Obviously all our thoughts are now on the game against Argentina on Sunday.

We will not be harping on about what happened four years ago in Lens. That will only heap more pressure on us.

All we want now is a good dry day so that we can show Argentina what we are really made off

We have beaten them since, but we are well aware that we have never beaten them outside of Lansdowne Road.

So this is a new test for us and we know it is going to be a very close game, but we go into the game confident that we can turn them over.

They are very strong physical guys who will scrap for anything.

Once again it will be our front five that will hopefully set up the platform for success.

In that respect it is good to see John Hayes back in action after his long lay-off.

His scrummaging will be a big factor in our game plan, and his work rate around the pitch is an added bonus for us.

He's a very dedicated professional and his excellent in the way he prepares.

All we want now is a good dry day so that we can show Argentina what we are really made off.





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