Monday 27 March 2017

Jarvis aiming to be Connacht's top 10

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

WELSH-born and Irish-qualified Connacht out-half Matthew Jarvis has ambitions of playing for Ireland but acknowledges he faces a battle to hold on to the No 10 shirt at the Sportsground.

Jarvis, who was behind James Hook and Dan Biggar at the Ospreys before his switch to Galway, is competing against Miah Nikora and Niall O'Connor for the out-half spot but has been given the nod for the second consecutive week in an unchanged Connacht side for the visit of Scarlets today.

"There is a lot of competition here as well at outside-half, but I want to be pushing," Jarvis said. "I got the nod to start last week, but there are no guarantees."

The Neath-born Jarvis is also eager to learn from Elwood, who was capped 35 times by Ireland from 1993-1999.

"It is a big thing for me to learn from Eric; he has a lot of experience in the game and him being an outside-half was a big factor in me coming here," he said.

"Being eligible to play for Ireland was a big factor in me coming here as well. I have made the decision to come over here to Galway and to play rugby in Ireland, so if someone comes calling for Ireland I would happily take it."

Jarvis qualifies for Ireland through his Cork-born grandmother.

He starts today at half-back alongside Frank Murphy, who was a slight injury worry.

Brett Wilkinson is back in the squad after recovering from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of World Cup contention and Stewart Maguire could make his first competitive appearance for the province.

Verdict: Connacht

Connacht -- G Duffy; M McCrea, E Griffin, H Fa'afili, T O'Halloran; M Jarvis, F Murphy; R Loughney, A Flavin, R Ah You; M Swift, M McCarthy; J Muldoon, R Ofisa, G Naoupu. Reps: E Reynecke, B Wilkinson, S Maguire, TJ Anderson, J O'Connor, P O'Donohoe, N O'Connor, B Tuohy.

Connacht v Scarlets,

Live, TG4, 3.15

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