Former Hurricanes and Blues halfback Jamison Gibson-Park has admitted he already has half an eye on a possible test against the All Blacks in Dublin next month.
The 29-year-old has won 10 caps for Ireland after joining Leinster in 2016, qualifying via World Rugby’s residency rule, but he is yet to face the country of his birth.
The All Blacks play Ireland in Dublin on November 14 (4.15am, NZ time), and although Gibson-Park faces a battle just to make the 23-man squad, he would love to face some familiar faces.
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“I haven’t really put myself in the position properly [to nail a spot]. But thinking about it now it would be pretty surreal and all I can do for the meantime is put my head down and go to work and get out there.”
Gibson-Park left New Zealand after being part of the Hurricanes’ title-winning Super Rugby side in 2016.
Since then, he has played more than 100 times for Leinster, but remains close to a number of All Blacks.
“Yeah, I’ve got a few good mates in there,” he told the Irish Times. “A few of the Canes guys and then one of the other guys is Angus Ta’avao. I played with him at the Blues and we lived together and stuff, so we’re pretty friendly All Blacks v Ireland.