Cave knows versatility is key

Date published: September 25 2014

If Darren Cave is to get his wish and be part of Ireland’s squad at the Rugby World Cup, then the Ulsterman will have to branch out.

Cave knows being a specialist 13 might hinder him landing a bench spot with Ireland going forward.

Looking to get more opportunities across the backline for both Ulster and Ireland, Cave wants to be playing for Ulster as much as possible this season.

The 27-year-old made two appearances back in June on the tour in Argentina.

“From my point of view I want to play as many games as I can for Ulster,” Cave told the Irish Times.

“The big picture is I want to go to the World Cup in 12 months and if I can play two positions I’ve a slightly bigger chance of going there.

“In the past, particularly with Ireland, when I haven’t been selected for Ulster I almost rule myself from being on the (Irish) bench if I’m only covering 13.

“If you’re a winger at least you’re covering two wings and possibly full-back. If you are only covering 13, it means that unless the 13 you have covers the back three you are not going to be in the squad.”