Friday 17 November 2017

Hanrahan aims for regular Reds spot

Declan Rooney

JJ Hanrahan is hoping to build on his brace of tries in his first start for Munster by nailing down a place in Rob Penney's side.

The 20-year-old -- the latest to emerge from the village of Currow in Kerry, which produced Moss Keane, Mick Galwey and Mick and Tom Doyle -- crossed for two tries in the 30-3 win over Zebre.

Now Hanrahan's main aim is to secure a regular spot in a Munster backline where competition is fierce.

"I am really excited to get the ball rolling. I have been waiting a while for it, but I am really happy with the performance of the team. I got lucky to get a try or two, so I am really happy with that as well," said Hanrahan, who starred for Ireland at the U-20 World Cup in South Africa.

"I am not one to rest on my laurels. I wanted to score the first one and then I wanted to score the second one.

"Once you get the first one, you feel like you can score at any stage then -- it gives you a bit of confidence.

"I am not one for looking around in games. I just think of the next phase and trying to do my job... if I'm wandering or I let something slip. I missed two tackles and that's not really acceptable at this standard."

Hanrahan has taken inspiration from his famous predecessors in Currow.

"I suppose I am a small bit conscious of it. I don't see it as a pressure factor, it is more exciting to see the people that have gone before me like Gallimh, Moss Keane and the Doyles.

"It is great that this sort of pedigree has come out of there. It is really inspirational to know these people have come out of the small village of Currow. I am still flying the flag for Munster and, hopefully, if I can do that for one-tenth of what they did, I'll be a happy man."

Irish Independent

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