Gordon D'Arcy on Rugby World Cup: 'I don't want to be a squad man - I want to be starting'
Published 23/06/2015 | 19:55
Irish rugby player Gordon Darcy is confident he will give Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt plenty of selection headaches ahead of the world Cup.
“I don’t want to be a squad man I want to be starting,” said Darcy who has soldiered on despite losing his formidable centre partner last year.
Ulster’s Jared Payne and Connaught’s Robbie Henshaw was the preferred centre pairing for Schmidt in Ireland’s six nations title defence but Darcy remains fully focused on making the team.
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“I think I can offer something different than the two boys and it’s up to me to show that,” continued Darcy.
“Rugby is a brutal game and there is and there is going to be a few names left out of the world Cup squad.
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“I’m very focused in getting as fit as I can,” said the 81 timed capped international.
Darcy brought down the curtain on his Leinster career at the end of the season but doesn’t see the World Cup as a fitting send off, he see’s it as another shot at glory for Ireland.
“We’ve got a great group of players, we’ve got a great coach, we’ve got really solid preparation we’ve got great strength in department , so its all there,” said Darcy.
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