Ireland v Samoa: Trimble move is one for future
Andrew Trimble, who today lines out across the pitch from fellow-wing and Ulsterman Tommy Bowe, has refused to rule out the possibility of following him across the water.
Having seen his former club team mate’s career soar since joining Swansea-based Ospreys in 2008, Trimble admitted that Bowe’s success might tempt him to consider a similar switch.
“It’s something I’m definitely open to, though at the minute I’m thinking about Samoa,” the blond winger said ahead of today’s Guinness Series clash with the Pacific Islanders at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium (2.30pm).
“But if I get a chance to sit down and think about things, I’m open to everything. So it’s an option, though it’s not something I’m thinking about right now.”
One of the things he has been thinking about since Tuesday when the Ireland team to face Samoa was announced has been the prospect of lining out in the same back line as Bowe and Paddy Wallace.
Today the threesome, who were Ulster team mates up until Bowe moved on, have been reunited, with Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll the only non-northerner in the 11 to 14 block.
Asked about the pace in today’s Irish back line, Trimble promptly dismisses any suggestion that he is still Ireland’s quickest player.
“I might have been at one stage, but I doubt it now. There’s all these rapid guys now — Luke (Fitzgerald), Tommy,” he says modestly, suggesting he would struggle to get a medal and that if he did it would not be gold or silver.
He reveals, too, that in his opinion he has played his best rugby in the centre rather than outside. “But I’ve been playing on the wing for a while now and I know that role better than I know the role at 13.
“I do like the idea of being able to play a bit of both but at the same time I don’t want to become a utility back.
“Utility backs tend to ‘play’ on the bench, though I suppose it’s good to have two strings to your bow because that provides options.”
He smiles when asked which jersey — 11, 13 or 14 — he would choose for himself. “It depends who else you’re playing with. The likes of Paddy with his skill at 12 means he’s a great guy to play outside of,” he explains.
Trimble is excited at the prospect of seeing plenty of ball today.
“If the game loosens up, which it’s likely to against Samoa, you get a little bit more ball in your hands on the wing,” Trimble points out.
“Hopefully their kicking game as well might lead to a counter-attack option.
“But it’s hard to know. I just want to get the ball in hand as much as possible.”
If he does, he has the ability to hurt the Samoans and stake a claim to face New Zealand a week hence.
After that, he can start to think more seriously about the possibility of playing elsewhere.