D’Arcy concentrates on Leinster glory as he keeps World Cup dream alive

Gordon D’Arcy hasn’t given up on making Ireland’s World Cup squad later this year.

D’Arcy concentrates on Leinster glory as he keeps World Cup dream alive

Despite featuring from the start in the victories over Georgia and Australia last November, the 35-year-old was overlooked during this season’s Six Nations Championship success with many regarding the omission as the end of his international career.

However, the veteran centre hasn’t called time on his Ireland days just yet, instead he is concentrating his efforts on achieving regular game time with Leinster, beginning with Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 clash with Newport Gwent Dragons.

“You’ve just got to be playing,” he said when quizzed on his chances of pulling on a green jersey again.

“When you get on the pitch, even if it’s off the bench, if that’s my role, that’s my role. I will do whatever is best for Leinster to try and win silverware.

“If that has to be what it is for now and it leads into something great in the autumn, that’s fantastic.

“All I can worry about is the next game. It is on Sunday. That’s all I can control. If I play my best game there, and that gets me into the team, then great.

“If I play my best game and it doesn’t get me into the team, I’ve done all I can.”

D’Arcy has made 11 starts for Leinster this term, but in recent encounters against Glasgow Warriors and Bath, was restricted to brief substitute appearances. Ben Te’o and Ian Madigan were Matt O’Connor’s preferred choices at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday, but with this weekend’s away tie with Dragons offering the chance of some much-needed game time, D’Arcy is eager to make the right kind of impression.

“You do your job as best you can. You try to make the players around you look good, play well for the other players around you, put the ball in the right hands in the right places,” D’Arcy explained yesterday.

“If you do all those things, you put yourself into it and then you’ve just got to put it down to selection. Once you can step off the pitch, look yourself in the mirror, in the eye, ‘I did everything I could.’

“You get picked – great. You don’t get picked. What can you do?”

D’Arcy admitted that revenge will be in the air when Leinster meet Toulon in the European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final in Marseilles on Sunday week.

The Blues were knocked out of the Heineken Cup by the same opposition last year, and D’Arcy knows that they will need to take their chances against the formidable Top 14 outfit on this occasion.

“We had opportunities to score tries [against Toulon last year]. We had three chances and we didn’t convert one of them. We scored a try, but the game was dead. It was too little, too late.

“They steam-rolled us at that stage. You need to be with them at 60 minutes. That’s when they can begin to look around and panic a little bit. You have to be still with them at that point. We were with them at 40 minutes and then we coughed up.”

Meanwhile,three Irish officials, George Clancy, John Lacey and JP Doyle, have been included in the 12 man refereeing panel for the Rugby World Cup which was announced last night.

The full list of referees with their union and number of tests in brackets is:

Wayne Barnes (RFU, 57), George Clancy (IRFU, 38), JP Doyle (RFU, 12), Jérôme Garcès (FFR, 22), Pascal Gauzere (FFR, 17), Glen Jackson (NZR, 10), Craig Joubert (SARU, 55), John Lacey (IRFU, 13), Nigel Owens (WRU, 60), Jaco Peyper (SARU, 20), Romain Poite (FFR, 39) and Chris Pollock (NZR, 18).

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