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Gordon D'Arcy on Rugby World Cup: 'I don't want to be a squad man - I want to be starting'

James Donoghue

Published 23/06/2015 | 19:55

Gordon D'Arcy's partnership with Brian O’Driscoll for Leinster and Ireland became a world record but like all great double acts, assumption remained that there was a senior partner
Gordon D'Arcy's partnership with Brian O’Driscoll for Leinster and Ireland became a world record but like all great double acts, assumption remained that there was a senior partner
Leinster's Gordon D'Arcy arriving for squad training
Leinster and Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy has announced that he will retire from rugby after the World Cup
Ben T'eo and Gordon D'Arcy
Gordon D’Arcy has been a vital part of the Leinster success story

Irish rugby player Gordon Darcy is confident he will give Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt plenty of selection headaches ahead of the world Cup.

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“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.

Brian O'Driscoll with teammate Gordon D'Arcy on international duty for Ireland
Brian O'Driscoll with teammate Gordon D'Arcy on international duty for Ireland

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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