Wednesday 17 January 2018

Jennings desperate to win back Leinster starting spot

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

HE sat out most of the World Cup matches and has been on the bench for both of Leinster's Heineken Cup games so far this season, but Shane Jennings is desperate to win back his starting place.

With competition fierce for the back-row spots, the experienced openside wants to show what he can do against Cardiff Blues at the RDS tomorrow night.

With back-to-back European clashes against Bath coming up after the Cardiff clash, Jennings knows that all shuffling goes out the window and Joe Schmidt will pick his strongest line-up.

"I don't think there is any rotation in Heineken Cup weeks. He picks his best team that he wants to play and I'd like to be in that," he said.

"That comes down to whether I can perform well enough and if he feels I deserve a shot. For myself and the other guys, it is up to us to make sure we put our hands up."

Leinster are unbeaten in their last eight matches and sit second in the league, and Jennings believes last week's win over Treviso was a big psychological result.

"I think last week was a big step (in terms of momentum)," he said. "Last year we went over there and got badly beaten up. It shows the quality of the squad we have, as there was a lot of chopping and changing going into that game and lads performed very well."

Leinster yesterday confirmed that they have sold more than 37,000 tickets for their December 17 showdown against Bath at Lansdowne Road.

They will be running a charity text campaign on the night when fans will be asked to text a donation of €2.50 to help raise funds for charity.

Irish Independent

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