Sunday 30 April 2017

Crosbie deserves moment in sun after circuitous route to the top

Connacht's Steve Crosbie during squad training at the Sportsground. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Connacht's Steve Crosbie during squad training at the Sportsground. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tony Ward

Tony Ward

On Saturday at Myreside, Steve Crosbie kicked 17 points in Connacht's 22-19 win over Edinburgh.

Incoming coach Kieran Keane will determine whether the talented midfielder (who is equally comfortable at No 12) has a future at the Sportsground.

Crosbie (24) is the younger of two talented brothers; he and Jody were both in the same St Gerard's Senior Cup team as Jack Conan.

While Steve Crosbie accompanied Conan into the Leinster Academy, via Old Belvedere, his route to the top has been circuitous to say the least.

Along with fellow former Leinster underage starlet Gavin Thornbury, he went to Wanganui in New Zealand (through the assistance of Kurt McQuilkin) to pursue that rugby dream.

I have such admiration for young lads who do that.

To move abroad takes courage as well as dedication and sacrifice, yet out of sight is out of mind where representative progress is concerned.

That is wrong… period.

From there, Crosbie joined Munster as cover in September, following Johnny Holland's enforced retirement but did not play a senior game, and switched to the Sportsground in January, to alleviate Connacht's out-half injury crisis.

I hope Saturday's win has provided him with an element of satisfaction because by God has he earned it.

Irish Independent

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