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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 September, 2003, 19:49 GMT 20:49 UK
Quiet man Maggs ready to roll
Ireland and Bath centre Kevin Maggs
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 limelight.

"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 few years.

They are all big games and Argentina is one of the games we have to do well in
Kevin Maggs
''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."





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