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Andrew Trimble will prove his undoubted class back at Ulster


Tom Court

Tom Court

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Tom Court

I think what's happened to Andrew Trimble is very harsh, but, of course, you just can't take everybody.

He'll be devastated, but I think he'll cope just fine. I'm sure there's justification for it but it's the age-old thing and I've been in a similar situation, as so many others have in their careers.

I'm just gutted for him as his career goal was to try and make another World Cup. He was really hoping to get back and bring that great consistency to his game in time to make it.

I'm a little bit biased I suppose as Andrew is a good friend. I reckon he'll need a few days to get his head around it but he will come back strong and hopefully show what he can do with Ulster.

Hopefully he'll show up really well to remind everybody that when he's on song, Trimby is one of the best in the business.

But you also have to take into account that he didn't have enough game-time and Ireland need guys who are reliable and not likely to break down like he did with his foot problem in the warm-up against Wales.

You wouldn't wish it on anybody but an injury to someone else, for example against England on Saturday or if Keith Earls or Luke Fitzgerald break down at any stage, then that can change things for Andrew (pictured) and he might get in.

He will get around being left out and though it will be bittersweet for him and for Ulster fans not to see him in the original Ireland selection, it will bring quite a lot back to the Ulster squad as he'll be lining out in the PRO12 with Gilly (Craig Gilroy) and Louis Ludik in a strong back three.

Before Andrew signed to stay on with Ulster last March on a two-year deal, I know that a lot of clubs were chasing him but he decided to stay and he was determined to really push on to play at this World Cup.

When you think about it he shot to stardom at a very young age and then things levelled out a bit and I think that actually grounded him and would help him deal with such disappointment as not making Joe Schmidt's 31-man squad.

He's had his ups and downs with Ireland and you wonder sometimes if there were other factors other than selection which stopped him being picked. Trimby unfortunately tended to be left out before but then along came his chance to shine for Joe and he made such an impact two seasons ago.

I think he'll cope well with being left out but, even so, we were all really hoping that we would see him doing his stuff over at the tournament.

He might yet make it.

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