It says much for the way that Kerr’s team has evolved that the loss of the Premiership’s most improved footballer and somebody recently voted Manchester City’s player of the year only impacts on the make-up of the bench at Lansdowne Road next Saturday.
There may be more to the Dunne episode however. Conspiracy theorists have been floating the notion that some of the younger members of the international squad are not as enamored with Kerr as previously thought.
This begs an important question. Was this the petulant act of a player growing disillusioned with the Irish manager not taking club form into account, or simply an instance where a club that has just awarded Dunne a