John Cooney hopes to be Ireland's man in Japan
Ulster's early season hero John Cooney wants to carry his fine form all the way to next year's World Cup in Japan.
The former Leinster and Connact man has kicked his side to victory in both of their Guinness PRO14 contests to date, and his excellent form was recently rewarded with a new three-year extension.
He has yet to be given a real crack with Ireland, although that may come soon with scrum half Conor Murray currently out injured and the autumn internationals just around the corner.
Cooney, who has won his two caps to date as a replacement, has set his sights on securing his place in Joe Schmidt's squad before the World Cup in 12 months time.
"I'm not sure what the story with Conor is, he may be back and fine by November," he said.
"I want to take it to another level and make that World Cup squad. I know that playing well for Ulster is the only way to get there."