Uncapped Andrew Conway is not counting on selection for Ireland’s tour to South Africa but the Munster wing admits representing his country is never far from his thoughts.
Despite being called into the Ireland camp by Joe Schmidt during the Six Nations, Conway, 24, feels his chances of making the squad for next month’s Test series against the Springboks are a longshot.
“I think the issue for players like Keith Earls and Conor Murray is that they are experienced 50-plus capped internationals. However bad or average Munster are in a season, even last weekend when we were seventh in the league, those lads are going to get picked,” Conway said.
“It is the lads who are trying to make it that are at a stage where if the team is not playing well, and other provinces are playing well, then you can see from Joe Schmidt’s point of view that he is going to be looking at Connacht players first.
“Those are the lads who are going to be moving on up and getting into camp.”
Not that Conway has given up hope of playing for Ireland.
“That is the most important thing in any Irish player’s eyes. I would imagine playing for Ireland is at the top of every Irish player’s, playing in Ireland, goal list.
“Everyone wants to have an international career. I am no different. Believe me. I think about it a lot. One of my goals this season was to play for Ireland.
“If I end up going to South Africa, which I doubt is going to happen, it will be an unbelievable honour.
“It is something you think about on a daily basis. You see your mates playing for Ireland.
“You see your mates going up to camp in November, Six Nations and playing in World Cups. You would be mad not to want that for yourself.”
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