Monday 29 May 2017

Murphy believes it's time to cut O'Connor some slack ahead of defining contest

Geordan Murphy thinks the criticism O'Connor is shipping as Leinster boss is 'ridiculous'
Geordan Murphy thinks the criticism O'Connor is shipping as Leinster boss is 'ridiculous'
Sinead Kissane

Sinead Kissane

Geordan Murphy doesn't feel sorry for his former Leicester Tigers coach Matt O'Connor. He doesn't feel sorry for him because he thinks the criticism he is shipping as Leinster boss is "ridiculous". In fact, he reckons Matt is "on a hiding to nothing" ahead of Leinster's semi-final against Toulon tomorrow.

And when I asked him if Leinster fans should cut O'Connor some slack, he replied "100 per cent".

I was a little surprised by Geordan's strong support for Matt. I've interviewed Geordan on countless occasions. I even rang him one evening in Bordeaux during the 2007 Rugby World Cup to find out if there was any truth in the rumour that he had left the Ireland squad. Geordan, as well-mannered as always, laughed off my query. And he didn't seem to take any offence to the baseless rumour flying around about him. Or that I had asked him about it directly.

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