Munster full-back Felix Jones target place on Ireland’s tour of Argentina
Munster full-back Felix Jones wants a place in Ireland's squad for their tour of Argentina this summer
Felix Jones has eyed up a place on Ireland’s tour of Argentina in June after missing out on this year’s Six Nations.
The 26-year-old was called up to Joe Schmidt’s training squad, but failed to win a place in the match-day squad as Ireland said farewell to Brian O’Driscoll in style by wrapping up their first title since 2009 in Paris on Saturday.
Jones last pulled on the green of Ireland in a 40-14 win over Canada on their tour of North America last summer with several of his team-mates on the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia.
Everyone wants to play for Ireland and everyone wants to get into the group now
And the Dubliner can’t wait to get back on the international stage after missing out on the 2013 autumn internationals and this year’s Six Nations.
“Everyone wants to be involved,” he told the Irish Times. “Obviously it’s a massive disappointment not being involved.
“Getting to work with Joe was great. Working with top quality coaches, you’re going to improve as a player, getting another coach’s point of view. You take the positives you can from it but you try and keep the hunger if you’re not getting in there.”
Leinster’s Rob Kearney is in form at full-back and Schmidt blessed with wing options in Leinster trio Dave Kearney, Fergus McFadden and Luke Fitzgerald, Ulster duo Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe, and his Munster colleague Simon Zebo.
Jones has been a back-up option when injuries and the British and Irish Lions tour have robbed Ireland of their star names, but the former Leinster academy player conceded that breaking in won’t be easy despite his ability to play at full-back or on the wing.
“Everyone wants to play for Ireland and everyone wants to get into the group now,” he added. “It’s obviously a successful group now so it’s not going to be an easy task.
“There’s been great consistency in the team over the campaign and they were rewarded for their performances, so you’ve got to be 20-30 per cent better than the guys that are there to get in.”
And Jones admitted to watching Ireland’s nail-biting final match against France at his holiday home in Kerry with the unusual feeling of knowing the moves as they happened.
“You know what’s coming or you have an idea of plays so if something comes off, then it’s great,” he continued.
“Andrew Trimble’s try at the weekend, you could see it coming if you knew what was going on, so it was great to see those training park runs come off.
“Like anything, if you’re watching a Munster match or watch any team that plays a pattern, you have an idea what’s going to happen. You can see, obviously the opposition can’t see it.”