Geordan Murphy is set to postpone his international retirement after talks with Declan Kidney revealed the 33-year old will be available for selection for Ireland in the upcoming Six Nations Championship.
The Leicester full-back has told the Irish management that he is willing to be an emergency option if there are injuries to the back three.
“I’m not looking at achieving a lot by holding a (tackle) bag for a week or two. But if there are any injuries, I’d be happy to come in and be part of a match-day 22 or 23. I suppose I’m on stand-by really. I said I’d hang around for another few months at least”, Murphy told the Irish Independent.
Murphy has won 74 caps for Ireland and scored 98 points as well as achieving two caps for the Lions in the tour of New Zealand in 2005.
While Ireland have plenty of options in the backline, with Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald amongst others able to fill the full back spot, Kidney must see Murphy’s availability as an added bonus before the Six Nations kicks off in February.
Ireland’s opening fixture in that tournament is against their World Cup conquerors Wales, and Kidney’s side are favourites at 1.79 with Betfair.com to beat the Welsh at the Aviva Stadium.