MACK HANSEN has been backed to reply any questions on his talents in his Six Nations baptism of fireside.
The winger — who qualifies for Eire via his Cork mom — makes his debut towards Wales having solely arrived on these shores final summer season.
The Australian will inevitably be focused by Wales as they search to discover a weak point in Eire’s defence.
However Simon Easterby believes the 22-year-old (proper) can step as much as the plate. The defence coach mentioned: “Yeah, he’s been superb.
“He’s the kind of man that asks quite a lot of questions, he’s inquisitive, he’s interested in learn how to do issues.
“Connacht play a very good defensive system and there’s not an enormous quantity of distinction.
“Clearly the pace of ball and the runners coming down his channel may be barely totally different at this degree, possibly it’s a step up from what he’s skilled.
“However he’s fortunate that we’ve obtained good guys round him within the backline, good, skilled back-three gamers who assist one another extremely effectively to maintain working laborious to make the precise choices.
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“He has good guys inside him as effectively within the centres that once more join up and work extremely laborious to assist these guys who’ve are available in. It’s no totally different from another place with new guys coming in, we need to make it as seamless as it may be however Mack has been wonderful.
“I believe he’s somebody who has slotted into the group very well. He’s obtained a very good head on his shoulders.
“He’s an excellent runner and you’ll see from a few of his work in Connacht matches that his defence is correct up there as effectively. There can be challenges alongside the best way I’m positive however he’s fitted in very well.”
Hansen is not going to be the one participant taking a step into the unknown this afternoon as crowds return for the primary time within the Six Nations in two years.
Hooker Rónan Kelleher, scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park and full-back Hugo Keenan have solely performed within the Championship in video games that had been behind closed doorways.
Former again rower Easterby mentioned: “A few of these have performed 14 or 15 instances and by no means performed in entrance of a full home in a Six Nations recreation.
“It’s going to be large. It’s one factor enjoying to your nation however when there’s a crowd related to you, you’ve obtained your loved ones within the stand watching, whether or not it’s your first cap or your fiftieth it’s so particular.”
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/rugby-union/8317485/simon-easterby-tips-mack-hansen-excel-six-nations-opener/ Eire forwards coach Simon Easterby ideas Connacht star Mack Hansen to excel in Six Nations opener towards Wales