Gilroy hoping performances in Ulster shirt get him back in Ireland mix

Ulster's Craig Gilroy
Ulster's Craig Gilroy

Craig Gilroy is enjoying getting a run of consecutive matches with Ulster and is again expected to start when Scarlets are the visitors for the RaboDirect PRO12 game in Belfast on Friday.

Last week’s 10-7 win over Ospreys came on a night not favourable to wingers or running rugby - torrential rain and a driving wind making it horrible conditions to play in.

Gilroy has been battling to get back into the Six Nations mix after an injury ruled him out of the November Test series.

He was recalled to the squad, along with Munster flyer Simon Zebo, ahead of the opening match against Wales, but neither were selected and are not likely to displace Andrew Trimble or Dave Kearney.

Gilroy admitted the injury at the start of the season had slowed him down a little and he had not played as much as he would have liked to date.

“I’m fully fit now and I’m good to go again and I’m just looking forward to playing well for Ulster and be in with a shout again maybe for the Six Nations”

“There is a lot of competition for the wing spots, Tommy (Bowe) will be back soon as he is rehabbing from his injury so it is important to play well in these games coming up.”

Ulster won ugly against Ospreys last week to leapfrog the Welsh side into third place and Gilroy said it was important they continued to win particularly during this block of four matches.

“It is important to get the points in this period of the season so we are in a really strong postilion when it comes to tackling the business end.”