Dermody happy with year
Sportal.co.nz 20 Jun 2006 allblacks.com
Since then Dermody has impressed with solid on-field performances including a try in his second match at Auckland's Eden Park.
Speaking after his side's 27-17 series-clinching victory, Dermody said he had been surprised by how much of a step up Test rugby was from the
Rebel Sport Super 14 competition.
"I have learnt a lot. I thought I was better tonight for last week," he said.
"Just the pace of the game and the physicality of Test rugby, I think Ireland brought a lot to the table in that respect."
Next Tuesday Henry names a squad of 30 players for the upcoming Philips Tri-Nations series and Dermody is praying he has done enough to be selected.
"I think I progressed from last week and I'm happy with that and maybe given more of a chance I will be able to go up another step," he said.
"That [the Tri-Nations] is the next step for me and to get in that, I would be over the moon."
Dermody concedes that 2006 has surpassed his wildest expectations and says with a baby expected in August, things are only looking up.
"My wife's pregnant and due in August so I'd say it's going to get even better," he said.
"It has been a big year and hopefully I can get a foot in the door and the World Cup next year could be even bigger."
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