Johno - Soccer doesn't rule in Ireland. Football does - GAA style. Hurling is next. Then soccer.
Good on Folau. Well deserved.
I'd have added centre , Mark Bennett, of Glasgow and Scotland to that list. He's been in superb form for Scottish region and Vern Cotter may well make use of his talents even though he's the only uncapped player in the Scotland November series squad.
Not sure that Jared Payne will make the cut at 13 for Ireland. Ulster have used him in that position for a few games this season, but his best position, in the view of many commentators and fans, is at 15, where Rob Kearney is ahead of him in the queue.
As you say, it is the young Robbie Henshaw, of Connacht, also a former 15, who is the other main contender for the 13 shirt - Schmidt has said that these are the main two in the frame of his current thinking. If Schmidt values O'Driscoll's opinions, then Henshaw is likely to be the guy starting - O'Driscoll said: "“Defensively, he’s come on leaps and bounds in the past 18 months and really understands the position a lot more. And he’s an unbelievably nice fella. And he’s a huge man.” "Obviously Jared (Payne) is going to need to play and they are going to be playing him at 13. Darcy, for me, is still the number one 12. But I think Jared is a better 15, personally. So either Jared or Robbie, and probably both at some stage.”