Rugby Porter is determined to close the gap in his battle with Furlong

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Rugby Andrew Porter. Photo: Sportsfile
Andrew Porter. Photo: Sportsfile

Andrew Porter might be too modest to admit it, but most people would agree that the gap between himself and Tadhg Furlong has narrowed in recent months.

Although Furlong remains the undisputed first-choice for Leinster and Ireland, Porter is set to start against Benetton on Saturday as he looks to further his claims.

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The 2017 Lion has played a lot of rugby in recent years and at times last term, looked a bit jaded, whereas Porter has invariably made a big impact every time he has played. That healthy competition is likely to push Furlong on again because on his day, he is still one of the leading tightheads in the world.

“Ah, I wouldn’t really know that myself now,” Porter replied when it was put to him th

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