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At face value it would appear that Ross Byrne has been thrown into the white hot furnace of Twickenham in making his full Test debut against England tomorrow, with the forecast temperatures in the high 20s.
But as someone who has made his Test debut in the same ground, and knows Byrne’s game well, Josh van der Flier is among the plethora of team-mates who say the 24-year-old outhalf has the ice in his veins to cope.
“I’m a bit older than him,” says van der Flier, who is 25 and played with Byrne on the same UCD team in the All-Ireland League.
“He’s been brilliant. I would have played a couple of times on the ‘A’ team with him as well. Then, he kind of broke into the senior team with Leinster. It’s always tough for the younger guys, with a few more experienced players around, to come in and run the show but he comes in at training and in matches whenever he’s on and he’s telling everyone what needs to be done. He’ll be running the show just like Johnny would do when he’s playing.”
“He’s an incredible player, he controls the game really, really well. I absolutely love playing with him. He’s a very steady head and I’ve never seen him get panicked or flustered in a game. He’s very calm, controlled and a man you want running the show. It’s very exciting to be lin
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