Saturday 17 February 2018

When fit, I'll always back myself to perform - Leavy

'Leavy has started just two games for Leinster this season and with just another three appearances from the bench, you can understand his frustration.' Photo: Sportsfile
'Leavy has started just two games for Leinster this season and with just another three appearances from the bench, you can understand his frustration.' Photo: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

One man's misfortune is another man's opportunity, and so Dan Leavy might well find out this weekend.

Scans revealed that Rhys Ruddock's hamstring injury is a significant tear, which is a big blow to Leinster but Leavy's return could hardly have been better timed.

Leavy has had to cope with his own injury problems, however, and this season has been no different.

After undergoing ankle surgery in September, the flanker damaged his hamstring shortly after his comeback but now back fit again, he has his sights firmly set on forcing his way into the equation for Saturday's mouthwatering rematch with Exeter Chiefs.

Leo Cullen does, however, have back-row options. He may be tempted to shift Seán O'Brien to blindside and promote Josh van der Flier from the bench. Jordi Murphy is also in the mix.

Leavy though would appear to be a front-runner to be involved, either from the bench or in a starting role at the Aviva Stadium. "It's been frustrating, yeah," Leavy said of his season to date.

"It's never nice being injured, especially when there are big games going on. But my body feels really good now so hopefully I don't get injured from now until the end of the season."

Leavy has started just two games for Leinster this season and with just another three appearances from the bench, you can understand his frustration.

However, the 23-year-old insists that his confidence has not been knocked by his latest spell on the sidelines.

"I think in some people, it potentially does but I don't really have much of an issue with it. Compound injuries are pretty frustrating.

"I just got back from an ankle operation and was back in Irish camp, feeling really good and then I just had small, little hammy tweak which put me out for a few weeks.

"That was pretty frustrating but I feel confident and ready to play if need be.

"I said it last year, the key to it is just keeping fit and making sure that you are available to play every game. I back myself that if I am fit, I will be able to perform."

Leavy would have relished the physical nature of Leinster's win over the Premiership champions, and is now aiming to ensure that he has a say in the rematch.

"I don't think anyone really expected such a physical, one-out-runner kind of game," he added.

"Everyone thought it would be a lot of wide-wide and champagne rugby.

"It was a great win. Sandy Park is a pretty tough place to go."

Irish Independent

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