Six Nations: Ireland wing Craig Gilroy keen to impress for Wolfhounds against Saxons

Last Updated: 24/01/14 5:07pm

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Ireland Craig Gilroy believes every wing in the squad has a chance of winning and holding down a place in this year's Six Nations.

The 22-year-old Ulsterman is determined to catch the eye when he turns out for Ireland Wolfhounds against England Saxons at Kingsholm on Saturday - confident he can force his way into Joe Schmidt's starting XV.

The likes of Simon Zebo, Dave Kearney, Fergus McFadden, Luke Fitzgerald and Andrew Trimble are competing for the two wing spots - with experienced duo Keith Earls and Tommy Bowe ruled out by injury.

"Last year when I was playing Tommy Bowe was fit," said Gilroy. "It was Simon Zebo at 15, and Andrew Trimble, Luke Fitzgerald and Fergus (McFadden) were all there too.

"Everyone's here now except Tommy. Everyone's been playing well for their club, so no one really knows who Joe's going to go for.

"So that's another reason why it's really important to have a good game this weekend, because who knows where you could be in two weeks' time? Definitely you want to produce something strong.

"You want to get out and play some good rugby, and give Joe a bit of a headache when selection time comes around again."


Gilroy, who has shaken off a concussion sustained last week, added: "I wouldn't say I'm quite at full sharpness yet but I'm definitely back to full fitness, which is good, so just coming off the back of two Heineken Cup games where we did well.

"So I'm back to full fitness now and just hoping to make an impact. Hopefully this weekend again is an opportunity for me to put my hand up, to be used throughout the course of the competition."

Ireland host Scotland in their Six Nations opener on February 2.

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