Published: 12:56 | 1/10/20

Gibson-Park eyes Ireland spot


Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park is hopeful of working his way into Ireland head coach Andy Farrell's plans for the Autumn international series.

The 28-year-old Kiwi-born scrum-half qualified for Ireland last year under the residency rule and has now set his sights on earning a first international cap.

Gibson-Park looked sharp all last season, both before and after the lockdown, and is putting pressure on Luke McGrath for the number nine jersey at Leinster as the new campaign gets underway this weekend.

His efforts, which have made him a firm favourite with Blues fans, earned him a call-up to Farrell's Christmas mini camp last year, but he is hoping to go one better this time out by winning his first cap.

Asked whether he thought his recent form might be enough to catch Farrell's attention, he said: "I hope it is, but I've got to do work to get into the nine jumper for Leinster, so that's my main obligation.

"I'm really thankful to be here every day and plying my trade with such a great team. Hopefully we can kick on and go one better.

"I've got a young family, life for me is a lot different to a lot of these south Dublin lads living at home and that kind of craic.

"It's gone really good, my family has settled in really well and enjoyed every minute of it. 

I'm just getting started now, so here's to a few more years."

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