Dave Cahill wrote:For the sake of accuracy, he was at the World Cup because of a stress fracture suffered by Marty Moore.
Yep. He got a chance because of injury, but he still didn't get selected to play in the match day squads - ahead of Ross or White. It wasn't Moore that prevented him from being unable to get ahead of White or Ross, it was because whatever he was or wasn't doing in training.
Dave Cahill wrote:I think that in 12-13 there was a lot expected of Furlong - remember in JRWC '12 he'd given Steven Kitshoff (who had already played Super Rugby) a good going over when the u20s beat the baby boks who went on to win the tournament. He might not be as good as he is now, but would have been one of most highly rated players in his position in his age group in the world.
But for whatever reason Joe Schmidt, and thus Leinster, had Marty Moore as Mike Rosses succcessor and Furlong had to play the waiting game
I think that Furlong age 20 was a different player to Furlong age 24 (in fact, he was 23 until 2 weeks ago), and that's perfectly normal. My understanding is that a lot of people expected and hoped that Furlong age 24 would become an outstanding player. Furlong is 1.5 years younger, and has generally gotten his chances at around the same age Marty Moore got his.
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