It’s s strange one.
For all Denis Hurley has done in the game he still only has one full international cap.
Heineken Cup, Magners League, British and Irish Cup medals, roles in Munster’s memorable 15-6 victory over Australia and Ireland A’s 2009 Churchill Cup win sit well alongside his Ireland debut against the USA in 2009.
But just one full cap? He won’t even be adding to it tonight, the game is not a full international for Irish players because it is not at a Test venue.
You would expect him to be a little annoyed with that fact but the Munster man has learned the art of patience over the years and is putting it into practice now.
“It’s not an easy old spot at the moment [full-back], there are a lot of quality players around,” he said. “Right now, it’s a good nod in my direction that I’m getting the slot this weekend but if there is anything I should really concentrate on, it’s getting the 15 jersey for Munster.
“After that things will happen or they won’t but if I don’t have the 15 jersey in my team then I haven’t much of an option.”
Hurley wasn’t an original choice in Declan Kidney’s Ireland squad, but the coach doesn’t easily jettison players he believes in. Hurley is one of those men and in 2008 he parachuted him into the Munster team for a crucial Heineken Cup quarter-final against Gloucester. So it didn’t come as a major surprise that the 28-year-old was added to the panel when injury struck this week.
He is genuinely looking forward to linking up with four members of the current Ulster squad in a bid to unlock the Fijian defence and perhaps secure a place further up Kidney’s ladder.
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