Wednesday 13 December 2017

Skipper eyes Irish call for team-mates

Munster lock Billy Holland. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster lock Billy Holland. Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Second in command to Peter O'Mahony, Munster's stand-in captain Billy Holland hopes to see plenty of his team-mates named in Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad on Monday.

Ireland tour North America and Japan this summer and after an impressive season personally, Holland is keen to be included.

The Cork lock made his international debut last November against Canada, and he hopes that he and some of his colleagues will be given the nod to feature by Schmidt in the coming weeks.

"I think hopefully you will see a few fellas on that tour to the States and Japan during the summer," said Holland.

"But Leinster have dominated the Irish squad over the past couple of years because they have dominated the Pro12 and the European competition, they have been the best Irish province over the past couple of years and still are.

"They will still have the majority of players on that tour, but I think we are on the right track at the moment, Munster."

A win next weekend against Ospreys will certainly boost confidence and the profile of the Munster players ahead of their international meet-up, and Holland says performing for his province is still number one.


"Unless you are doing all those three things you are not going to be involved. It is as simple as that. I have started many games this season and it has gone well for me. We've won 19 out of 22 games in the Pro12 this year.

"The way you play for Ireland is by playing well for your province, starting for your province, playing well with your province and winning with your province."

Irish Independent

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