Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reddan Desperate to Make His Mark; (1) Point to Prove: Eoin Reddan Hopes to Make the Eyes of Ireland Coach Declan Kidney Smile at the Expense of the Leinster Fans (2) Man in Possession: Peter Stringer Is the Current Ireland Scrum-Half

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reddan Desperate to Make His Mark; (1) Point to Prove: Eoin Reddan Hopes to Make the Eyes of Ireland Coach Declan Kidney Smile at the Expense of the Leinster Fans (2) Man in Possession: Peter Stringer Is the Current Ireland Scrum-Half

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Byline: Chris Jones

EOIN REDDAN has a golden opportunity to stake his claim for the Ireland No9 jersey on Saturday but the London Wasps scrum-half insists his priority is the team's Heineken Cup ambitions rather than personal glory.

The 27-year-old is battling with Munster's Peter Stringer and Tomas O'Leary, plus Isaac Boss of Ulster, for the role and knows his rivals have the luxury of performing on home soil regularly as they look to impress new coach Declan Kidney.

But Reddan has a rare chance to state his case in Ireland when Wasps travel to the Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds to take on Leinster, the Magners League champions.

He will be under severe pressure to perform, not least because he showed his commitment to Wasps by rejecting an approach from Leinster in the summer.

That's enough to put him under the spotlight in this match but Reddan says this, and the international issue, are secondary to recording a significant victory in Wasps' Heineken Cup bid.

"I am going back to my homeland and, yes, I will be judged," said Reddan, who has 12 caps. "This is an important stage to perform on, but the game is more important than any individual because so much is riding on this one match.

"It's huge for both teams in this tournament. I am not saying we would be out of things if we lost but it's a massive opportunity to push on and put the pressure on Leinster for the rest of the pool matches.

"I have never had a problem with Ireland in terms of playing my rugby in England because I believe that if I am playing Man in Peter is the Ireland scrum- well then I will be picked. I am very careful not to put up any barriers because you only need to lose your head once and say you are not being selected for this or that reason and then you are goner. You cannot worry about what you cannot control the only aim is to play as well as possible and let things develop. …

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