"Obviously you don't want to see your chance coming on foot of a team-mate's injury but that's the way it is", said Quinlan. " I suppose it could happen the other way around, Stephen coming in for me, that's the nature of the game. But we're part of a squad now and I know if the call comes I have a job to do. He'd be the same. So it's really a question of doing your best for the team.
"It's a little different this time around to what it was a few weeks ago. Then it might have been a case of him looking for my spot and vice versa, now we are both in the World Cup squad, we're team-mates. I don't like to see him ruled out like this but at the same time, I'm delighted to be getting the chance to pull on the Irish jersey. I make no apologies for that. In the circumstances, if the shoe were on the other foot, . I could have no complaints."