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Foley backs Jones for Ireland

Published 16/03/2011 | 05:00

Munster 'A' coach Anthony Foley believes Felix Jones can mount a late bid for World Cup selection, providing he comes through today's 'A' inter-provincial showdown against the Ulster Ravens at Shaw's Bridge (kick-off 3.30pm).

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The 24-year-old full-back has barely played any rugby at all over the past 15 months, having suffered a serious neck injury in December 2009 before rupturing his cruciate ligament three games into his return last September.

However, the former U-20 Grand Slam winner has once again battled his way back to full fitness, and Foley believes he has what it takes to push for World Cup inclusion.

"Why not?" said the former Munster and Ireland No 8. "Everyone has seen what the lad is capable of doing. Hopefully he will get a run of games and make a push for that World Cup squad.

"Felix is electric. Even when you're just out on the training pitch coaching him, he brings an extra bounce and an extra buzz to the whole thing."

Meanwhile, Dolphin back-rower James Coughlan looks set to sign a new two-year deal with Munster.

Irish Independent

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