MUNSTER head coach, Rob Penney believes the Lions management team should strongly consider including Limerick prop Dave Kilcoyne in their squad for this summer’s tour to Australia.
Twenty four-year-old Munster prop Kilcoyne has emerged as a bolter for inclusion in Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions squad on the back of a string of terrific displays for the province this season. He was outstanding in Munster’s 29-6 win over Racing Metro in Thomond Park on Sunday.
Kilcoyne, who has joined up with Declan Kidney’s squad preparing for the Six Nations Championship this week, won two full Ireland caps during the November’s autumn internationals.
Penney believes Kilcoyne’s powerful ball-carrying and scrummaging displays this season makes him an ideal candidate for the top-of-the-ground conditions which are sure to prevail in Australia this summer.
Penney said: “The message should probably go to Gats (Warren Gatland) that if he is looking for someone to play on top of the ground in Australia later on in the year, he should look really close at the two Irish looseheads, with more reference to ‘Killer’ (Dave Kilcoyne).
“His scrummaging is fine. With a little more maturity and a little more age, he is going to be class. I will keep the word ‘world’ class out at the moment, but he has the potential to do some special things as we saw with his round the field play, his robustness in the carry is a bit unique for a front rower.”
“He is almost like a back rower. I think his nickname (Killer) sums him up.”
Kilcoyne had only made one start for Munster before the beginning of this season, but has cemented his position as first choice loosehead prop during the autumn and winter months.