Ireland could turn to White

Date published: October 23 2014

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Veteran prop Nathan White may get the nod for Ireland’s fixture against South Africa in two weeks’ time, should Mike Ross not recover.

Veteran prop Nathan White may get the nod for Ireland’s Test against South Africa in two weeks’ time, should Mike Ross not recover.

Ross is touch-and-go for Leinster’s Champions Cup clash this weekend with Castres with a groin injury and was a late withdrawal before the win over Wasps last Sunday.

New Zealander White moved to Ireland to join Leinster in 2011 before spending the last two seasons in Galway with Connacht, where he has qualified on residency.

Before that he spent five seasons in Super Rugby with the Chiefs.

“Nathan is very experienced. He’s played a lot of Super Rugby. He’s 33, so he’s no spring chicken but his experience is one of the reasons why we have picked him,” Schmidt told Sky Sports.

“I’m not sure whether Mike will play this weekend or next weekend, because at the moment it’s symptom-based.

“If he’s able to play then great If he is unavailable for South Africa I think we’ve got a bit of experience in Nathan.

“Probably uppermost for Nathan was how we went against Jack McGrath and Cian Healy in the derby game against Leinster.

“To be honest, there aren’t too many other options given other injuries.

“Tadhg Furlong we do believe is a long-term option but at the moment he’s pretty young to be thrown in.”

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