Cox aiming to make his mark at Gloucester
WITH A Heineken Cup victory under their belts and some new faces in the England squad, it is a good time to be a Gloucester player.
And Matt Cox is determined to get in on the festivities at Kingsholm as he bids to stamp his own mark on the Cherry & Whites back row against Munster.
Heineken Cup rugby returned to Kingsholm with a bang on Saturday as a late Jonny May try propelled Gloucester to a 27-22 victory against Perpignan.
However, while this was going on Cox was reduced to merely a watching brief as Nigel Davies opted for Tom Savage and Matt Kvesic as his flankers, with Akapusi Qera making an appearance from the replacements bench.
But Cox doesn’t have to wait long for an opportunity to strut his stuff as Gloucester make the trip to Thomond Park to take on European giants, the 25-year-old handed the No.6 shirt.
And despite being fully aware of the test the Munstermen will pose on Saturday, Cox is eager to create his own good vibes at Kingsholm.
“Even though I was only watching and wasn’t involved in the game against Perpignan it was an awesome atmosphere at Kingsholm and a fantastic game,” he said.
“And thankfully the games keep coming and we have a massive game against Munster this weekend and all the boys have been excited about in the week.
“Munster is one of the biggest games you can play and to play them at their place is one of the biggest games of the season.
“You are essentially thrown into the lion’s den and these games are the reason you play rugby.
“And hopefully I can make the most of my opportunity. The competition for places in the back row is immense but games like this are why you are a professional and I want to try and put my hand up for more games.”
Although Thomond Park is one of the toughest places to go in the Heineken Cup, Gloucester can at least travel there with some experience under their belts having lost in Limerick in a pre-season friendly back in August.
But Cox has warned his team-mates that this trip will be an entirely different matter with plenty more to play for.
“We went to Munster in a pre-season friendly so I suppose having that experience is at least better than none,” he added.
“But at the same time I don’t think it will play much in our game because it will be completely different.
“They aren’t exactly not going to be up for it are they so we will have to make sure we are on our game and be ready for the challenge.”
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