Cian Healy still hungry for more Ireland caps as he welcomes new blood influx

Argentina’s Tomas Lavanini shakes hands with Cian Healy of Ireland after tackling him high and receiving a red card for the offence (Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

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Cian Healy is loving Ireland's influx of young blood but insists: "I'm going nowhere".

Healy, 34, picked up his 112th Test cap on Sunday, his third off the bench in the Autumn series, and scoring Ireland's sixth out of seven tries in the win against Argentina was a good feeling.

"It's nice to get on the scoresheet but there were a lot of other lads that ran me over the line there, it's not a one man job," insisted the Leinster star, who also scored late on off the bench in the series opener against Japan.

Healy's introduction for Andrew Porter brought the average age of the team up – nevertheless the 15 that finished the game had an average age of 24.

"It's class, it's deadly," said Healy.

"I think it's so important to environments to see people coming through and see people getting opportunities.

"Go back to the beginning of November, I was dying for a game before I got the opportunity – and angry that I wasn't getting the opportunity earlier.

"And that's the way it should be when the lads are coming through.

"If you're good enough, you're old enough, and they've certainly shown that."

Cian Healy in Ireland training
(Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Andrew Porter's switch back to loosehead has been successful but it has put his provincial team-mate into second place.

Ryan came on for Porter in the 56th minute against Japan, the 76th minute against the All Blacks and 58th minute against Argentina.

Fortunately he was able to play on after Tomas Lavinini's reckless challenge on the hour mark on Sunday.

But that fire still burns in Healy to start for Ireland.

"Oh yeah, 100%," he said.

"At the end of the day you're representing your country, and it doesn't matter what number (Test) it is, if you get an opportunity to get on the field you have to be doing your best and push the lads on – and put pressure on Killer (Dave Kilcoyne) and Ports to try and get that position myself.

"And that's going to bring them up as well, and we have to do each other justice.

"If you were to just lax off and not push people for that number one spot, then you're probably not going to end up in camp. That's the realistic part of it.

"So you have to push standards, and my desire to push those standards is the same as ever, and I'm loving every minute of what I do.

"So I'm not going anywhere."

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