Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Gilroy shrugs off Ireland talk

Craig Gilroy is determined to focus on helping Ulster reach the final of the Heineken Cup rather than listen to those who suggest he should be included in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to New Zealand.

Gilroy touched down at Thomond Park to help Ulster record a memorable victory over Munster in the Heineken Cup quarter-final on Easter Sunday.

His performances for the province have resulted in suggestions that he deserves a call-up to the Ireland squad but for now he is happy to concentrate on his side's European ambitions."Who knows, I’ll concentrate on Ulster," the winger replied when asked about a potential Ireland call-up.Munster were the clear favourites to progress to the last four of the competition but Brian McLaughlin's side defied history to become the first away team to win a Heineken Cup knock-out stage game at Thomond Park.Gilroy believes the victory proves Ulster are heading in the right direction and he is confident they can continue to improve."It was very important for Ulster. Thomond Park isn’t an easy place to go and play. We’re delighted with the win and hopefully there’s a bright future for us," he added."We’re gradually achieving our goals, whether that’s in the RaboDirect or the Heineken Cup. We believe we can go all the way."It’s extremely encouraging, we have some of the world’s best players on the team, and playing alongside them is brilliant. I’m really enjoying that."


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