Big goals, big games driving Copeland

Date published: October 2 2014

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Going up against Jamie Heaslip in a Leinster-Munster clash this weekend is the kind of challenge Robin Copeland returned for.

Going up against Jamie Heaslip in a Leinster-Munster clash this weekend is the kind of challenge Robin Copeland returned for.

The 26-year-old worked his way up through the Championship in England before impressing for Cardiff Blues ahead of his move to Munster.

Part of that move was a desire to win some silverware, along with working his way into Joe Schmidt’s thinking before the Rugby World Cup.

Aiming high isn’t the issue for Copeland, who views this weekend’s derby as another stepping stone.

“In a way there were lots of reasons I came home and why I joined here, but the main reason I came home was to try and win trophies and try and work my way into the starting team and eventually into a green jersey,” Copeland told the Irish Times.

“They are the big goals. There are little goals along the way. Playing well in these big games is a big part of that… there is a responsibility and expectation to perform.”

Knowing that he is yet to peak, along with the challenge of usurping Jame Heaslip, is fuelling Copeland’s ambition.

“I’m a long way off where I want to be. I’m not here to just make up a number in Irish rugby. I want to be up there and playing the best rugby at the best level,” added Copeland.

“When I get there maybe I’ll say I’ll be living the dream but not quite yet.”

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