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Sam Arnold is only focusing on Scarlets visit to Thomond Park

By Aidan Corr
IRELAND-qualified Sammy Arnold looks set to get his chance to shine with Munster in the Champions Cup with Chris Farrell unavailable through injury. The English-born centre has made an impression during his second season in the red jersey and he has also contributed to Garryowen’s effort to win a Top Four place in the Ulster Bank AIL.
The swashbuckling centre has made a big impact with the light blues and we reminded him of a stunning offload from behind his back against Clontarf earlier this season on his own ten metre line which sent Neil Cronin in for a spectacular try. “I’don’t think I’ll try that one again,” joked Sammy.
So is the hard-tackler ready to answer the call should Johaan Graan name him to start the big match against Toulon on Saturday week.
“There were guys who were asked to stand up in the European Cup in December and they did well so we are going to be in that situation again. We are not looking any further than Scarlets this week, they beat us last year in the league and again in the final so they will be coming over here extremely confident. This is a massive game for us.
“We have been having a look at where we can test the Scarlets but they are an awesome team at the breakdown, they have a lot of great guys on the floor and they get a lot of turnovers through James Davies and Tadhg Beirne.”
Losing in Scotland was week-end was a set-back and Munster need to get to winning ways on Saturday: “Against Edinburgh last week we got caught a couple of times at the breakdown but that is something that can be fixed. This is a big game for us on Saturday and we are excited about the prospect.”
So what about Sammy’s own future. Has he ambitions to don the green shirt?: “The main thing with me is that I’m here with Munster and we are winning games. During the Six Nations window we were not winning as many games as we would have liked, but for me personally, when we are winning well that is the important thing.
“When I was growing up in England I was with Harlequins. My grandad is from Beara Island in County Cork so I decided to join Ulster and now I am here and enjoying my rugby. I played with Garryowen last season and I had a few games with them also during the current campaign.”

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