Veteran scrum-half Peter Stringer staked a strong claim for an international recall to Ireland's RBS 6 Nations team with an impressive performance in Munster's 16-12 Magners League win over Edinburgh.
The 32-year-old was instrumental in Ireland’s 2009 RBS 6 Nations grand slam, putting in a man-of-the-match performance to help his side come from behind to beat Scotland 22-15.
But this year Stringer has dropped down the pecking order with the emergence of Eoin Reddan, Tomas O’Leary and Isaac Boss.
And the 91-cap-man showed Ireland coach Declan Kidney what he is missing ahead of next weekend’s Six Nations clash with England at Twickenham with a masterful display.
Despite early injuries to Paul Warwick, Donnacha Ryan and Tommy O’Donnell, tries from fellow Ireland man Marcus Horan and young fly-half Scott Deasey helped Munster to the narrow win.
Kidney will have been impressed by the efforts of loose-head prop Horan and full-back Denis Hurley, both of whom were instrumental in the win.