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Jennings celebrates run

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Tigers flanker Shane Jennings has been named in the Leicester starting XV for the fourth consecutive match as Pat Howard's side travel to London Wasps this Sunday.

With a run of games finally under his belt, Jennings is hoping to further press his claims for inclusion once Tigers' internationals return to the club next week.

"It's good to get a run of games," says Jennings. "Obviously it's an important time for me and some of the lads who haven't been getting so much of a look-in since the start, so we've got to make the most of it and take the opportunities that we have."

Jennings started the first match of the season against Sale Sharks at Welford Road, but injury then ruled him out against Bath and Gloucester. Although Jennings returned to the bench against Harlequins at the Stoop, the Irishman gained only one start between September 23 and November 4, when the autumn internationals began.

"I did well to get in against Sale at the start but it's gone a bit messy since then for different reasons. Like I said, everyone gets their opportunities during the season and it's just a matter of taking them now. I'm happy enough with my form. The game was very frustrating to play in last week because we made a lot of mistakes and didn't help ourselves when we felt we could get away from London Irish, but we're looking forward to this week. It's a big old test for us going down to Wasps but we're all very focused and looking forward to it."

Jennings captained Ireland A during their fruitful Churchill Cup campaign in the summer, but the openside has since missed out in inclusion in the senior squad. With Eddie O'Sullivan's side registering wins over the Springboks and the Wallabies this month, Jennings knows that he faces a big challenge if he wants to fulfil his goal of representing his country. He knows, however, that the first step to wearing the emerald green begins with a series of impressive performances in Tigers colours.

"I'd love to get involved in the Ireland set-up and get in the frame, but like I always say, if I do well with Leicester and if I can get my place here, then I can put my name in the hat. Obviously they're pretty settled at the moment and I'm not in that squad but it's a massive goal of mine to get in there and hopefully some day I might."