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Heaslip happy with form

22nd March 2013 08:56


Jamie Heaslip Ireland 2013

Criticised: Jamie Heaslip

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip has stated that he is happy with his form despite his side's dismal finish to the Six Nations.

Ireland finished in fifth place, falling to losses against England, Scotland and Italy along with drawing against France, after a promising start by defeating future champions Wales in Cardiff.

Heaslip replaced Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll as captain of the side and despite his side's finish, is happy with his performances in the championship, along with expressing his desire to travel with the Lions to Australia.

"I think I played well in four out of the five games," said Heaslip to Sky Sports.

"I was disappointed against England, it was a scrappy game, but I was very happy with my performances against Wales, Scotland, France and Italy despite the results.

"I've come to realise as captain you represent the team so you take the brunt of the criticism if things don't go well. It is part and parcel of captaincy.

"Whatever is said, though, it doesn't bother me. I have got thick skin. I will just continue to focus on my game and what the coaches say.

"There are so many really good back-row players across Ireland and Britain.

"You can't really think about it, you can only focus on yourself and your own game and then hope that your name is read out.

"It is obviously my aim to go on the tour and I will be doing my best to do so. Hopefully I will get picked - I will be bitterly disappointed if I am not."