Monday 18 February 2019

Gordon D'Arcy: I won't watch Ireland's Six Nations showdown with Wales

Declan Whooley

Ireland and Leinster centre Gordon D'Arcy believes he will play for Ireland again, but says he won't be able to watch tomorrow's match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Head coach Joe Schmidt has dropped D’Arcy from his 36-man Ireland squad for the final two games of the competition in a move that could signal the end of an illustrious international career.

The veteran Leinster centre last played for his country against Australia last November and has not been involved in any of the Six Nations games to date with Robbie Henshaw the New Zealander’s preferred option.

The centre revealed that Schmidt text to let him know he wasn't part of the squad.

"Maybe because I have been around a while, maybe that got me a tiny courtesy that other would not have gotten," he told The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio One.

"It was nice to get a text but I wasn't really expecting anything."

D'Arcy has admitted that he needs luck to go his way but still harbours ambitions of featuring at this year's World Cup.

"The challenge is not trying to displace somebody, the challenge is that if I do get the call to come in and represent my country that I am best placed to do it."

"I think I will," he responded when asked if he feels he will play for Ireland again to add to his 81 caps.

"There are games in the summer and I do want to go to the World Cup. It is going to be made a lot harder, Jared and Robbie are forming quite a good centre partnership. It is a squad that wins tournaments and it is a squad that will play warm-up games in the summer.

I know I'm not far away and if there is an injury this weekend, and fingers crossed there isn't, I'd be pretty confident I'll be next in line.

The Wexford native told listeners that he won't be watching events unfold in the crunch game in Cardiff, but will be keeping an eye on updates on his App.

"I won't be watching it, no," he admitted.

"I'll follow the updates, but it's like work. You are analysing and all that but I'll be following it and wishing everyone all the very best."

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