Dan Tuohy was one of Ireland’s star performances in the opening Six Nations victory over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
The Ulster lock took the lineout that led to Jamie Heaslip’s try and carried eight times in an typical robust performance but he admits he doesn’t know if he has done enough to get selected for the game against Wales on Saturday in Dublin.
The defending champions also won their opening game and with Paul O’Connell expected to recover from the chest infection that ruled him out of the Scotland match Tuohy will have an anxious wait.
“We’ll see it’s Paul O’Connell the team captain so I won’t be holding my breath he is an unbelievable player, I think I’ve done enough for Joe to consider me for the rest of the Six Nations squads and going forward I certainly felt I pushed my case,” said Tuohy.
It was Tuohy’s first Ireland game at home and despite making a try scoring international debut against the All Blacks he still doesn’t feel he is an established at the higher level.
“My first seven caps are were away from home and four of them were against the All Blacks so I had quite a tough run of it, it was nice to get a home cap and hopefully show the Irish crowd my abilities in the green shirt.”
“I wouldn’t say I’m a fully fledged international I think I need to start a few more games before I can call myself that.”
Tuohy believes his form in helping Ulster to top seeds in Europe propelled him into Joe Schmidt’s mind.
“I had a couple of big Heineken Cup games and I thing when the Ulster team play well you tend to play well, I’ve kept myself fit and I’ve played a lot of 80 minutes and that has given me the best opportunity for Joe to see me.
“I played two inter pro and two Heineken Cup games which were big pressure and they are as close to replicating an international stage, I think Joe said I had a lot more minutes under my belt going into the match, I was fit and raring to go and I think that is all they really need to see.”
It was John Plumtree that disturbed Tuohy’s breakfast on Sunday morning to tell him he was playing and the Ulster second row is enjoying working with the Irish forwards coach.
“John is a cracking coach with a really good CV and he is very good friends with our captain Johann Muller and he can’t speak highly of him and he has had a great effect on us.”
It was all smiles in the Irish dressing room after the game and Schmidt was happy with Tuohy’s performance.
“Joe said well done and we’re pleased especially with our second half performance, we’re a little bit disappointed with the lack of possession we had in the first half and I think the second half was a true reflection of the quality we have in the side.
“The guys that came off the bench all contributed and I think the score was a true reflection of the game,” added Tuohy