Ulster’s Trimble ready to fight Gilroy for spot on Ireland’s wing
Andrew Trimble says he is ready to fight with his Ulster team-mate Craig Gilroy for his spot on Ireland's wing
Andrew Trimble admits he is delighted to see Ulster team-mate Craig Gilroy make his mark on the international stage, but insists he will fight tooth and nail to not become his understudy in the process.
Having started all five of Ireland’s Six Nations games earlier this year, Trimble looked to have the green No11 shirt in his possession for good.
But this autumn saw Declan Kidney give fellow Ulsterman Gilroy his chance to shine and the 21-year-old didn’t disappoint.
Gilroy kicked things off with a hat-trick against Fiji in an uncapped international and added to that with try on his debut against Argentina.
And despite admitting that time is on the young pretender’s side, 28-year-old Trimble isn’t about to wave the white flag in the battle to hold down a spot on the wing for the men in green.
“It had been a tough enough couple of weeks. It’s difficult losing your place to someone at your club because there is more at stake and it puts pressure on you to perform. If you get an opportunity you have to take it,” Trimble told the Irish Times.
“If I keep getting picked I have to keep performing as well as I did last weekend or I won’t be picked again.
“It puts the emphasis on the next game; nobody wants to be dropped and nobody wants everyone to be talking about someone you’re competing with for a place.
“I’m going to get older and Gilly is going to get towards his peak and that is the way it’s going to be.
“I want to prove that I can bring a lot to this game and produce big performances that lead to big team performances and results. The Heineken Cup is a big shop window and a big opportunity to show what I can do and hopefully I can keep doing that.
“I’m good mates with Gilly. We get on great and he is getting plaudits at the minute and I’m delighted for him. We’re competing for the same spot so I have to work on my game.
“I don’t need commentators or pundits to tell me how good he is because I see it every day. There is nothing I can do about that. It’s important I just work on my game and hopefully it will get better.”
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