MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley believes Keith Earls is ‘ticking a lot of the boxes’ required to earn a recall to the Ireland matchday squad ahead of key RBS 6 Nations Championship games with Wales and Scotland.
Earls turned in a Man of the Match display as Munster regained top spot in the Guinness PRO12 with a bonus point win over the Glasgow Warriors at Musgrave Park on Saturday night. Earls won the last of his 39 Ireland caps against Italy two years ago in the 2013 6 Nations Championship.
The 27-year-old has bounced back to top form for Munster after missing the opening four months of the season after undergoing knee surgery at the end of September.
Anthony said: “It is great we have Keith (Earls) back fit and in our squad. It is great strength in depth in Ireland that they don’t have him up there. Obviously Keith wants to play at the highest level and we appreciate that and hopefully we can push him on into Irish selection.
“With his form and what he is doing I think he is ticking a lot of boxes for a lot of people at the moment, so hopefully in the future we will see Keith in green, but that is somebody else’s call. That try tonight was a sublime bit of skill to get it down. I think it was worth the admission fee alone.
“It (Earls try) was a massive turning point in the game and also it gave us the jolt to go forward and get the fourth one.”
The Paul O’Connell-captained Ireland side remain on course to retain their 6 Nations title and perhaps win a Grand Slam after scoring a deserved 19-9 victory over England at the Aviva Stadium yesterday.