Moore receives Ireland call

by Gazette Reporter

FORMER Barnhall man Martin Moore is looking forward to potentially making his Irish international debut in this year’s 6 Nations following his inclusion in the extended Irish squad this week.

He is part of a squad of 44 players for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations Championships and the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds fixture against England Saxons.

Speaking about the call-up in the wake of Leinster’s Heineken Cup win over the Ospreys, Moore said he had to put thoughts of making a first international appearance on hold due to his provincial commitments.

“Yeah, it’s a great chance and a great opportunity,” he said. “I put it out to the back of my mind this week obviously with the big game, but I can look forward to that now. Hopefully, I can get some game time with the Wolfhounds next week. If that’s an opportunity, I’ll be glad to take it.

“I just got the call to say I’ll be included in training and we’ll see what happens when we go from here.”

It comes in the wake of a superb season to date, making his mark particularly in the first round of the Heineken Cup as an early substitute into the front row against the Ospreys.

Versus the same opposition last Friday, they completed the group stages with a fifth win, finishing up their European responsibilities until April when the blues will face Toulon in France.

It will be a tough task but one Moore believes Leinster can negotiate despite being away to the reigning champions.

“I don’t think it comes into it hugely at this point. We’ve shown we can go away to Northampton, go away to Castres and really that’s been huge for us. That’s probably been the biggest point of our season, that we can go away to these places and win.

“Going forward, we won’t have any fear of taking on anyone in their backyard.”

The prop, who featured at the opening match at the revamped Lansdowne Road in 2010, has represented Leinster and Ireland up through the age grades.

He made six outings with Ireland Under-20s and was a key part in the squad that competed in the 2011 6 Nations.

A number of players currently injured or returning from injury will remain with their provinces to gain further recovery time or game time. They include Richardt Strauss, Donnacha Ryan, Roger Wilson, Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo, Declan Fitzpatrick and Craig Gilroy. Some of these players may yet return for 6 Nations test matches.

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