Cronin not giving up on his Lions dream yet
Sean Cronin accepts that missing the Six Nations has damaged his chances of touring with the Lions in the summer but he also knows that he offers something different to any of the other hookers.
The Limerick man's hamstring tear could hardly have come at a worse time and although his Six Nation hopes were scuppered, Leinster's run in the Champions Cup and the Pro12 could see him force his way into contention for a place in Warren Gatland's squad.
Cronin is ahead of schedule and is in line to return for the European quarter-final against Wasps as he looks to recapture his excellent form from the first half of the season.
"I thought I was playing decent rugby and would have been in the shake-up until I got my injury," he said.
"But ultimately, the guys who are playing in these big Test matches under Test match pressure are the guys who will to be going.
"I'm sure he (Gatland) probably has 80pc of his squad picked already. Realistically, my aim is to get back involved in the big games with Leinster and see what happens. I think I've proven over time that I can provide a lot of impact off the bench.
"If, and that's a big if, the coaches were looking for something like that, then I would bring it. They have my number if they need me."
Cronin's frustration was compounded last week when Rory Best ended his run of playing in 51 consecutive Six Nations games, handing Niall Scannell his debut.
"It was typical that Rory goes down. I was sitting at home going 'Yeah that's the way it always goes, isn't it?' He (Scannell) did really well, had a real strong first half, the lineout went well, the scrum was dominant again," he said.