Kevin Maggs does not like talking to the media
Kevin Maggs does not expect to be the centre of attention during Ireland's
World Cup campaign - and that is the just the way he likes it.
The strong-running Bath threequarter is a perfect foil for the
sublimely-talented Brian O'Driscoll, who inevitably grabs most of the
"I actually prefer it that way," said the 29-year-old Maggs. "I don't
like speaking to the Press. I'd much rather concentrate on my own game and on
doing well for Ireland.
"Brian is an outstanding player and he deserves the limelight that he gets.
It doesn't bother me in the slightest that he gets all the attention."
If his co-centre, famously described as "Waltzing O'Driscoll" on the Lions
tour to Australia two years ago, is the Rolls Royce of threequarters, then Maggs
is the four-wheel drive.
It is a wonderful contrast which has served Ireland well, the fleet-footed
artist lining up alongside the crash-ball demolition expert and Maggs believes
both men benefit from each other's game.
"It's brilliant to play alongside him," he said. "He's one of the best
centres in the world, if not the best.
"It's been good for both of us. We've learned from each other over the last
''He expects certain things from me, like I expect them from him. I
think we work quite well together."
Maggs, who has won 53 caps, played down the revenge theory, however,
prefers to look at the bigger picture rather than Ireland
taking on Argentina in the crucial pool A match in Adelaide on October 26.
"They are all big games and Argentina is one of the games we have to do well
in," he said. "We've played them a couple of times since the defeat in Lens.
"I'm pretty confident that we'll do well. Our goal is to get out of the group
and I think we'll certainly do that.
"After the last one, I didn't know if I was going to be involved this time.
It's unbelievable and I just can't wait to get started."