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‘On fire’ Andrew Conway waits for international call-up

(Pictured, Conway crashes over for his second try against Treviso last Saturday, Pic, JOE BUCKLEY)
IN a Munster squad that is certainly firing on all cylinders in their last five consecutive victories, one backline player clearly stands out. Andrew Conway is ‘on fire’ and it would be no surprise if Joe Schmidt has already marked him down for future reference.
The number 15 has shown all the requisites of an international full-back: fielding, pace, good decision making, courage and excellent execution of the high kick and chase as well as the ability to pop up in try-scoring positions. The former Leinster player admitted last week that he is in a good place at the moment after embracing the ethos of Munster rugby: “Playing in front of a packed Thomond Park against the Maoris was special. Even on the way to the ground in the team bus the fans were clapping and waving at us and watching all the families and the kids decked out in the red really spurred us on. That game was certainly the most exciting occasion ever for me. We are on a good run at the moment but we know we can play better. Everyone in the squad wants their name on the match-day teamsheet, nobody wants to be left out.”
Two tries last week-end against Treviso has thrown Conway back into the spotlight. He is now nearing the peak of his rugby career having stepped into the full-back berth vacated through the enforced retirement of Felix Jones through injury. Successive HIAs stalled his progress but with only a handful of candidates emerging to replace Rob Kearney and Jared Payne’s successful transition to a role in the centre, Andrew Conway may well come into the frame.
With aerial collisions now very much part of the game, Andrew is aware of the risks:
“As a full-back you have to make a quick decision whether to kick and chase or run the ball. I have had a few concussions but you know yourself when you are not really able to play on. Sometimes you get up higher than the other jumper and you might come down heavily but that is the nature of the game.”

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