Ulster scrum half Isaac Boss is hoping for a big performance against Munster tomorrow to put himself back in the Ireland shop window for the Six Nations which starts on the first weekend in February.
Boss has won 12 Irish caps and was part of the ‘A’ team that won the Churchill Cup in the summer. He was also involved in both the ‘A’ team victories in the autumn.
The pivot is battling with Eoin Reddan and Peter Stringer for a place in the Irish squad as understudy to Tomas O’Leary.
Boss goes head to head with Stringer tomorrow knowing he can put down a big marker for the spring.
“There are individual battles that takes place aside of the main team battle. You might get a chance to go head to head. I’m not even in the (Ireland) frame and I want to try and put myself back into the frame — to do that I have to play well against Munster,” reasoned Boss.
The next three weeks can make or break Ulster’s season but with all three games at home and a win over Stade Francais in their last outing at Ravenhill, Boss is urging the fans to spur the team on against Munster
“It is a home match and we did well against them last year, plus there is added impetus as we let things slip in the league against Glasgow at home.
“It is inter-provincial and we need a win, so what better way to start a new year,” added Boss.
“It has definitely been awesome this year with the support we have had and the new stand opening up — it creates a bit of excitement.
“We have had some good results at home as well, some big scalps already, and there is couple of even bigger scalps to come.
“So any advantage we have with the crowd behind us, we have to make it count. I am really looking forward to playing in front of them again this weekend.”
Ulster produced the performance at Leinster but didn’t get the result and they left the RDS empty handed which saw them slip to eighth in the Magners League table but Boss feels there is plenty to build on especially with a number of young players pushing their claims for a regular spot in the match squad.
“There were some good points to come out of it, but we were pretty disappointed not to get anything. I know Leinster will say they didn’t play well, but we have to take some credit for that.
“There were a few lads in there who really counted. The young boys in particular stood out, like Jamie Smith and Jonny Shiels.
“They have been pushing hard all season and they are not far away,” concluded Boss.