Ulster loosehead prop Tom Court admits he was disappointed to be overlooked by Ireland for the opening two rounds of the Six Nations.
Ulster loosehead Tom Court admits he was disappointed to be overlooked by Ireland for the opening two rounds of the 2013 Six Nations Championship.
Court, who has been in good form for Ulster, was criticised in an Irish jersey after a performance when he was asked to fill in at tighthead prop.
And it seems that showing counted against him as his place in the matchday 23 recently went the way of Dave Kilcoyne and Declan Fitzpatrick.
“The way I was playing I thought I was in with a good shout but they went with the other guys,” Court told BBC Sport, with an opportunity to return possible should Cian Healy receive a suspension for his alleged stamp on England's Dan Cole.
“If they require me to come in, I'm playing well enough to be there.”
Speaking of his showing at tighthead prop in the Twickenham defeat last year, Court says he now has extra confidence should he be called to face Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.
“I was the only prop on the bench last year and I didn't have enough time under my belt as a tighthead,” he added.
“I don't want that game against England to be my last cap or my final memory of playing for Ireland.
“There are two props among the replacements now so guys can focus on their specialist positions.
“Obviously, I would be playing loose-head this time where I've played most of my rugby and I should be more comfortable.”