Ireland wing Andrew Trimble shows no signs of any lack of enthusiasm, even though he will notch up 192 appearances for Ulster when they face Cardiff Blues at the Kingspan Stadium this evening.
Although obviously initially disappointed at not being included in Ireland’s World Cup squad, Trimble knuckled down to wear the white jersey and he set a record three weeks ago in by-passing Paddy Wallace’s 189 appearances. Now he intends to push on.
Trimble features in an Ulster side showing two changes from the reverse fixture at Murrayfield last Friday with fly-half Ian Humphreys starting for the first time this season and Lewis Stevenson coming in at lock for Dan Tuohy who is sidelined with concussion.
Returning following Ireland’s exit from the global stage are Darren Cave and Paddy Jackson who will come off the bench to lend a hand against a free-scoring Blues outfit.
Trimble insists he has shaken off any World Cup disappointment. “A day or two after the squad was released, I was fine and back into Ulster mode.
“I was happy enough to do that as at the time I had only played one friendly match with Ulster following my lay off with injury.
“Certainly breaking that record helped me get over any disappointment as I looked back at how my career has evolved both at Kingspan and on the road.
“It was just a reminder of what it’s like to go out there and to be playing for Ulster. You could have a desk job and it strikes home how lucky we are.”
Even though he missed out on the World Cup squad, Trimble was “gutted” at Ireland’s defeat to Argentina last Sunday.
“I was really gutted for the boys. I’ve been there as well and I know just how disappointed they will have been. Once you get through to the knockout stages you start dreaming big, maybe a bit of history.
“So it’s a big blow from trying to achieve all that expectation and trying to achieve something big in a green shirt to be dumped out. But the boys are mature enough to move on and put everything behind them.”
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