Promising rugby talent is ignored if the player is not on Irish coach Declan Kidney’s pecking order - that’s the opinion of Worcester Warriors flanker Neil Best.
The Ireland international with 18 caps this week criticized the Irish national coach for his selection process, which Best sees as “not bothering” to give English-based players a shot at the highest level.
Best has not figured in Kideny’s plans since the latter took the helm in 2008, but the former Ulster and Northampton forward says he believes players like James Downey and Roger Wilson are being omitted due to their geographical location.
"Roger Wilson and James Downey are playing in a Heineken Cup final against Leinster, but neither of them have been getting a look-in," Best told the Irish Independent.
"It seems you're not going to get a look-in if you're playing outside Ireland."
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