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Munster’s ‘Blackrock boy’ is in scintillating form

Andrew Conway

MUNSTER’S Andrew Conway’s star continues to rise. Top class performances, a first Ireland cap and a call up this week to the Ireland squad for the summer tests against Japan and USA is the stuff of dreams for the former Leinster Academy player. He has certainly made Munster his home and he will be a key player for his side when they take on the Ospreys tomorrow night in Thomond Park, kick-off 6.15.
Earlier this week we spoke with him at his club’s High Performance Centre in UL: “I used to go to Munster matches with my dad and, believe it or not, I always wanted to play with them. After three years with Leinster I decided to give it a go, I was 21 at the time. It was a big decision but that move has gone very well so far.”
Two successive concussions in the early part of this season was a cause for concern but Andy was not going to allow that to threaten his career: “We built up momentum around November and I was involved in three wins on the trot. Since then, the squad has really gelled. Consistency and performance is the key but you have to back those up with hard work and total commitment.”
Conway’s ability to react with split-second accuracy whether in attack or defence and his consistent success under high ball have been features of his game: “Yea, my preparation has been good this year, mentally I am more focused and I keep ‘writing down’ on a daily basis. I benefit from those around me and the HPC has certainly contributed to the overall preparation of the squad.”
To-morrow’s game will provide another test of this Munster side. They may be still hurting from the semi-final defeat to Saracens but that will be used to ensure that they don’t suffer the same disappointment at the hands of the Ospreys: “They seem to always play well when they come to Ireland,” said Andrew Conway about the Welsh visitors. “With home advantage that is a plus but we will have to be fully on our game if we are to get through to the final.”
Asked who was the fastest over 50 metres in the current squad, Andrew chose Keith Earls as his favourite to hit the tape first: “It would be close with Wooton, Zebo, Sweetnam and maybe myself also in contention!”

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