Rugby Porter hoping versatility will help prop up World Cup bid

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Rugby Andrew Porter is hoping to build his versatility to win a World Cup spot with Ireland (Brian Lawless/PA)
Andrew Porter is hoping to build his versatility to win a World Cup spot with Ireland (Brian Lawless/PA)

Andrew Porter has described the key to his World Cup selection as “like writing with your bad hand”.

The versatile prop knows he must flourish on both sides of the scrum in order to force his way into Ireland’s final 31-man World Cup squad.

The 23-year-old made the testing transfer from loosehead to tighthead two years ago, with Leinster keen to capitalise on his raw power in the scrum cornerstone number three role.

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Leinster star Andrew Porter is featuring on both sides of the scrum for Ireland (Donall Farmer/PA)

Now an accomplished tighthead, he finds himself deputising in his old loosehead role, admitting only mastery of both will secure him a seat on the plane to Japan.

“I hadn’t played at loosehead for about two years, so I was a bit rusty,” said Porter, who featured in both prop roles during Ireland’s 29-10 victory over Italy in Dublin on Saturday.

“But it’s something I’ll be looking to work on to be as versatile as I can.

“So I’ll be looking to push that forward in the next few weeks.

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Joe Schmidt wants to see as many of his props as possible switching between loosehead and tighthead (Donall Farmer/PA)

“At the beginning, two years ago, switching from loosehead to tighthead was very tough. Moving across the scrum is like writing with your bad hand.

“But you’re going up against some of the best guys in the world in training and in matches, so that’s really helped over the last couple of years.

“And then it’s the same again in the past few months, having time at loosehead again.”

Joey Carbery bagged a try but limped out of the Aviva Stadium clash against Italy with ankle trouble, leaving the Munster fly-half a World Cup doubt.

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Joey Carbery suffered a worrying ankle injury in the 29-10 victory over Italy in Dublin (Donal

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