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Thursday 23 March 2017

One man's misery another's joy -- Jennings

Hugh Farrelly - from Down Under

Although the mood around the Irish camp has been unfailingly upbeat this week, Shane Jennings has been placed in the rather awkward situation of profiting from another player's misfortune to be in New Zealand which has, inevitably, tempered any natural ebullience.

David Wallace's injury against England last weekend opened the door for the St Mary's flanker and, while it is just reward for his outstanding contribution to Leinster's rise to eminence since returning from Leicester a few seasons ago, Jennings admitted it's been a strange couple of weeks.

"Exactly. I was told before I played the France game that I wasn't going to be involved, so it was a matter of getting my head around it," said Jennings. "It was obviously a huge disappointment. And then I got back into Leinster and was focusing on the first six league games before we kind of break up from there.

"We played on Friday night against Northampton and I played a half. Then I was watching the Test on Saturday and saw Wally go down and you think because you're on standby that there's an opportunity there. I was fortunate I got the call that night and the plans that you'd made and the way things were going to be looking for the next couple of weeks changed like 'that'.

"Someone's misery is another person's joy, and it was very unfortunate for Wally but very fortunate for me. It's obviously not the way you wanted things to happen, but you've got to make the most of it and I'm certainly going to try and do that and enjoy it."

Irish Independent

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