When you look at what he has achieved at club level compare to international level and it does raise eyebrows. Yes he has 70+ caps but how many of those were starting?
The very conservative nature of Eddie O'Sullivan and Declan Kidney have often left me bewildered about player selections. This also led to the the lack of competition for places where there should be plenty. There was a time that Eddie wouldn't look at David Wallace, Declan Kidney would never and has in some cases still never looked beyond Marcus Horan, Bull Hayes, Sean O'Leary, Donnacha O'Callaghan, Paddy Wallace (who wouldn't get in Leinsters 3rd's) unless forced to do so by injury. Thats wrong on so many levels.
Geordan Murphy, Bob Casey, Trevor Brennan, Donnacha Ryan, Leo Cullen and hence Ireland has suffered.