Monday 29 May 2017

Chance to claim England scalp will help refocus Irish eyes - Murphy

Blackrock College Transition Year students (l-r) Joe Byron, Conor O’Neill and Alex Carroll, with Dublin footballer Cian O’Sullivan, left, Dr Ronnie Delany, 1956 Olympic 1,500m Champion, and Ireland and Leinster flanker Jordi Murphy, right, in attendance at the launch of the 5K4KENYA Open Run at Leopardstown Racecourse in Dublin. Photo: STEPHEN MCCARTHY/SPORTSFILE
Blackrock College Transition Year students (l-r) Joe Byron, Conor O’Neill and Alex Carroll, with Dublin footballer Cian O’Sullivan, left, Dr Ronnie Delany, 1956 Olympic 1,500m Champion, and Ireland and Leinster flanker Jordi Murphy, right, in attendance at the launch of the 5K4KENYA Open Run at Leopardstown Racecourse in Dublin. Photo: STEPHEN MCCARTHY/SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Jordi Murphy has no doubt that Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad will be fully focused on England despite the disappointment of watching their championship hopes go down the drain in Cardiff.

The Leinster flanker can do little more than "cheer the lads on" as he continues to recover from a knee injury sustained in Ireland's famous win over the All Blacks in Chicago.

But he has no doubt they will be in the right frame of mind to face Eddie Jones' Grand Slam-chasing side at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

"You have a serious problem if you can't get pumped up for a game against England and I'm sure the lads will," said Murphy.

"Obviously they will want to set the record straight and get as many wins as you can in the Six Nations.

"You can't win the tournament now but you want to get as high up the table you can and get the best finish you can. I'm sure they will be raring to go."

Launch

Murphy was speaking at the launch of the 5K4KENYA Run, a fundraising event organised by the transition year students of Blackrock College that will take place at Leopardstown Racecourse on March 26.

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And he confirmed that he is on track to play again before the end of the season, with Leinster chasing honours in Europe and the Pro12.

"I'd hope to be back in just over a month," he said. "I'm ahead of schedule at the moment, but I can't push anything too hard.

"It's been going like clockwork so far, so it's about not getting any setbacks at this stage, which could put you back another week or two.

"That's always been my goal (to be back before the end of the season). I'm just over four months now since my operation, in the last week.

"So the sooner I can get back the better, and just try to get into the mix. That Leinster squad is an incredibly deep squad, tough to get in, at the moment.

"But if I can just put my hand up for contention that would be great."

Irish Independent

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