Sunday 21 July 2019

Jordi Murphy: I won't be giving players like Peter O'Mahony or Sean O'Brien any easy outs

Leinster and Ireland back-row Jordi Murphy
Leinster and Ireland back-row Jordi Murphy

Cormac Byrne

The battle to make Ireland's 31-man Rugby World Cup squad steps up a gear this weekend in Cardiff and the competition is fierce.

No one knows that more than Leinster back-rower Jordi Murphy.

With injury problems for Jamie's Heaslip, Sean O'Brien, Chris Henry and Peter O'Mahony in recent times, Murphy has had ample chances to get plenty of game time under Joe Schmidt.

With Ireland's back-row options currently enjoying a clean bill of health, Murphy knows that he can't take his foot of the gas.

"When someone goes down, someone steps in. There's some serious competition. There are some guys who didn't quite make it into the squad like Dominic Ryan who would always be pushing as well," he said.

"There are guys like Pete and Seanie who are big, established players but you can't give them any easy outs. Everyone is pushing each other to be the best team we can be.

The 24-year-old has been deployed right across the back row for Ireland and this versatility could prove crucial.

"I've been doing a bit of everything. That's one of the things I bring to the table and if it helps the coaches... It helps me as well," he added.

"It just means that extra little bit of homework."

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