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Will Addison. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Will Addison. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Will Addison. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Will Addison doesn't have any regrets about playing through an injury for Ulster, which scuppered his chances of featuring for Ireland in the Six Nations earlier this year.

Ireland supporters may have only seen glimpses of Addison's ability, but that has been enough for many to get excited about what the versatile back could add to Andy Farrell's side going forward.

Addison's quality has never been in doubt and but for a spate of injuries, which have increasingly become a cause for concern, we almost certainly would have seen him win more than the four caps he picked up since joining Ulster from Sale Sharks two years ago.

The 27-year-old had put himself in contention to make last year's World Cup squad until a calf problem ended his dreams.

Although he was hampered by the issue again this season, rugby's enforced lockdown has allowed his body to recover to the extent that he is finally back to full fitness.

"It was over in Clermont when I picked up the calf injury 60 minutes into the game and had the tear in the calf," Addison explains.

Frame

"But obviously the next weekend, being what it was with the home game against Bath and qualifying for the quarter-finals, I felt I had to put myself in the frame for that.

"I am really happy I did, but unfortunately exacerbated the injury and that meant it was a longer rehab process which impacted my involvement in the Six Nations.

"It was a really tough decision. It is one of those things that happens, sometimes you come to a crossroads, but I am glad that we did it and then we made it through to that quarter-final."

A recent two-year contract extension has added to Addison's excitement as he looks to force his way back into the international frame whenever rugby resumes. "I'm massively aspirational," he adds. "I want to be in that (Irish) squad, challenging for a starting place and challenging for trophies as well."

Herald