Garry Ringrose’s season to date has been one any young player could only dream of.
Having grown up ten minutes from Lansdowne Road the Blackrock native has already, at just 22, realised the dream of playing for his country after debuting versus Canada late last year. In addition to this accolade, the centre helped his home province make it all the way to a Champions Cup semi-final this term.
His star has continued to rise and rise since making his debut for the eastern province in 2015 and, in what has been a whirlwind journey to the top of Irish rugby, Ringrose has, for the second time, been namechecked by none other than the man tasked with leading the British and Irish Lions into battle against the All Blacks next month, Warren Gatland.
This was all inconsequential for the Dubliner, however, who on Monday claimed he hadn’t know exactly what was said during a Lions press briefing on Sunday.
“I’m not entirely sure what was said,” Ringrose is quoted as saying on The42.ie.
“From what I’m aware, it was around the standby squad. I think he’s right in saying he can’t name a squad outside of a squad with all the permutations that could happen. To start pre-calling that wouldn’t make sense.”
Despite his name being mentioned to the assembled media, the level-headed former Ireland U-20 international says he is yet to hear from Gatland and that he was not disappointed about not being included in the original squad as he has already achieved more this season than he could have hoped for.
“No, I was watching the selection with everyone else. It was exciting to watch as a squad, I’m delighted for the five guys that did get called out,” Ringrose added.
“‘Disappointed’ wouldn’t have been the right word to use, it’d suggest I’m putting a dampener on the opportunities I have been given. Six months ago I made my debut for Ireland, which I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing before then. I appreciate the opportunities.
“Even the same week as the Lions squad announcement we had the (Champions Cup) semi-final, so no one really dwelled on it that much.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena