Six Nations 2013: Jamie Heaslip fine with Ireland’s underdogs tag

Six Nations 2013: Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip insists that he is comfortable with his side's underdog tag

By Sportsbeat
Jamie Heaslip
Jamie Heaslip was named as Ireland captain last week Photo: M+MD, via Flickr

Jamie Heaslip

Jamie Heaslip claims that it suits Ireland not be listed among the favourites for the Six Nations, insisting his side will thrive as the underdogs.

The Leinster No8 has been selected ahead of club-mate Brian O’Driscoll to lead Ireland’s bid to win a first championship since 2009.

A dramatic defeat to Wales in the opening round last year left the Men in Green facing an uphill struggle from the off before defeat to England in their final game saw them ultimately finish third.

Declan Kidney’s side again launch their campaign against Wales on February 2 but while Heaslip admits there’ll be no easy games, he is backing his side to thrive at the Millennium Stadium and beyond.

“I don’t mind being the underdog,” said the 29-year-old, speaking at the Six Nations 2013 launch in London.

“France had a good summer tour, had a good November Series, I’d the pleasure of playing against Clermont twice this year and they’re going quite well. Italy keep on getting better, they are a very physical side.

“Wales, despite the results in the November Series, we know all too well are a very good side, and England had a tremendous November Series as well. I think it’s wide open.

“I always say you are what you do every day and if we train well, then hopefully consistency of play will be of a high standard as well.

“We have a lot of young guys, a couple of guys with no caps, guys with less than ten caps, then there’s guys with over 100 caps. We have a good eclectic mix of players there, we’re just driving the standard of training up.

“A lot of people think they (Wales) are not on form from the November Series, but you look at most of their games, they were just a score or two away from quite a different series.”


MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Cesc Fabregas

Davis Cup final 2017
The Sport Review
Davis Cup 2017: Can Goffin and Darcis lead giant-killer Belgium past France to victory at last?
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Michael Owen sends warning to Chelsea ahead of Liverpool FC clash
The Sport Review
Sir Alex Ferguson privately raves about 20-year-old Man United star – report
The Sport Review
Antoine Griezmann talks up potential Man United transfer next year