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Seán Cronin. Photo: Sportsfile

Seán Cronin. Photo: Sportsfile

Seán Cronin. Photo: Sportsfile

For a whole host of prospective Ireland internationals, the next 24 hours will be spent nervously glancing at their phones as they await news of Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad.

At the end of the summer tour, Seán Cronin looked to have an uncertain international future but the Leinster hooker has exploded into this season and is arguably the country's form hooker going into a heavy November schedule that sees Schmidt's side take on Italy, Argentina, New Zealand and the United States.

This weekend's round of PRO14 games looks set to feature a host of the squad before they come together.

Not everyone is expected to make the journey to Chicago to take on the Italians and it will be interesting to observe how the Kiwi juggles his resources.

It should make for a bigger squad and with the World Cup looming, it is an important one to get into.

"Hopefully, we'll see what happens," Cronin said.

"There's a lot of competition out there at the moment and hopefully I'll get a call from Joe, I'll be in the squad and we'll see what happens after that."

Ulster out-half Billy Burns is one of a small number of uncapped players holding out hope of inclusion.

Brother

His team-mate Will Addison is a shoo-in, but the former Gloucester man - whose brother Freddie represented England - is not getting ahead of himself.

"I'm here to stake my claim for Ulster and to play No 10 for Ulster," he said.

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"I've always said that I want to play international rugby but at the moment there's enough competition with Ulster that it's my place here I've to worry about.

"I'm just trying to bed in here and get some consistency going. I am getting there. But it's not really on my mind at the minute."

For Cronin, the main focus this week is getting back to winning ways after a shock defeat in Toulouse on Saturday.

The hooker is hoping that the team will benefit from being brought back to earth with a bang in France.

"Seanie (O'Brien) was talking after the game and saying that we need to move on and build on this," he said.

"I was thinking in my head that it wasn't necessarily a kick up the arse, but it is early in the season and early days yet.

"We have two huge games against Bath and looking back on this, there are a lot of things that we can look to do better for the next day that will definitely help us.

"There was no complacency there. Like I said, I think we just tried to overplay at times and probably lost out on aspects of the pressure rugby.

"They kept the pressure on us better in the second-half. We had moved on from Wasps."


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