Heineken Cup: Leinster's Jimmy Gopperth looks forward to Castres clash

Last Updated: 07/01/14 1:44pm

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Jimmy Gopperth: Hoping to start against Castres

Jimmy Gopperth: Hoping to start against Castres

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Jimmy Gopperth has told Sky Sports News that he relishes competing for the Leinster No 10 jersey with Ian Madigan.

Gopperth - who joined the Dublin outfit this season after four years in the Aviva Premiership with Newcastle - has shared fly-half duties with Ireland international Madigan.

The pair will once again give Leinster coach Matt O'Connor a selection dilemma for Sunday's Heineken Cup clash at Castres.

Gopperth got the start when Leinster beat the French side 19-7 in October but was only a replacement in the back-to-back ties against Northampton that followed last month.

But the Kiwi is convinced the situation is good for both players and their club.

Respect

"As a player, that is what you want," he said. "You want competition for places. It pushes each other, myself and Mads, to be the best we can be.

"We get along really well and I think we compliment each other - whoever starts the other guy will come on and add something as well, so I think the more competition there is the better it is for the team."

Nevertheless, Gopperth is hoping to get the nod in France, adding: "Every professional player wants the starting jersey but if you have to fight for it more, you have to be the best you can to earn that respect to wear the jersey."

With 13 points from four games and a four-point lead at the top of Pool 1, victory at Castres would go a long way towards ensuring that the three-time champions secure a quarter-final place.

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