Veteran Irish flanker David Wallace has welcomed the inclusion of Munster teammates Felix Jones and Conor Murray in Ireland's World Cup training squad
Munster duo Felix Jones and Conor Murray may have been the surprise names in Ireland's World Cup training squad - but not according to veteran back-row David Wallace.
The 71-cap star has seen full-back Jones and scrum-half Murray develop at close quarters at Thomond Park and is thrilled their fine form for their club has been rewarded by Declan Kidney.
Jones, the former Leinster youngster, has overcome a serious neck injury and knee ligament problems in recent years to become Munster’s first-choice 15 while Murray has turned up the heat on Tomas O’Leary at scrum-half in recent months.
And Wallace, who will also take his place in Ireland’s squad, told the Irish Independent: “Felix is an unbelievable character to come from the problems he’s had to play the way he does.
“He’s a great character is going to have a great career – you see that in the way he plays and puts his body on the line.
“He’s always had a gash on his head this season. Against Toulon he fielded a high ball on our try-line and got smashed. Very few guys would have taken that ball. He puts his heart and soul and his body into everything.
“Conor always plays with a real cool head and he looks like he's been around for 20 years with his calmness and composure on the pitch.”