Six Nations 2013: Jamie Heaslip still ‘buzzing’ about Ireland captaincy
Six Nations 2013: Jamie Heaslip admits he is still "buzzing" about being named Ireland captain ahead of their opener against Wales
Jamie Heaslip admits that he is still “buzzing” after being named Ireland captain ahead of the Six Nations.
The Leinster number eight replaced his club and international team-mate Brian O’Driscoll as Irish skipper last week, with many surprised by Declan Kidney’s decision.
The 29-year-old led Ireland to victory over Argentina in the autumn in O’Driscoll’s absence, although Kidney’s men were unable to beat South Africa under Heaslip’s leadership.
The three-time Heineken Cup winner says it will be an honour to lead Ireland for the tournament ahead of their opener against champions Wales at the Millennium Stadium on 2 February.
“I’m still wet behind the ears so it’s great, I’m buzzing. It’s really exciting to come here,” Heaslip told RTE Sport.
“I’ve been feeling really giddy and haven’t stopped smiling since I got here….maybe it’s the double espresso from the early start.
“I found out about the captaincy last Wednesday evening. Declan gave me a call to go and see him.
“In I went and after a bit of chit chat he asked me to do the job and I nearly had to stop myself jumping across the table to kiss him, which would have made it really awkward in a room with just two guys!
“I was really proud and humbled by it all. There were all sorts of emotions flying around.
“I made the obligatory call to the parents. My dad straight away said ‘fair play, you’ve been promoted, but I’m still colonel while you’re major, so I’m pulling rank on you’. I said ‘thanks dad, back to reality as usual’.”