Sunday 22 April 2018

Butler keen to make up for lost time on Worcester trip

Connacht's Jarrad Butler. Photo: Sportsfile
Connacht's Jarrad Butler. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

Connacht back-rower Jarrad Butler said he can't get enough game time after returning from injury and he's hoping to play his part in securing a Challenge Cup quarter-final away to Worcester Warriors on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was probably Connacht's best performer in the early part of the season before a nasty knee injury in the closing minutes of their 20-16 win over Munster in October sidelined him for almost two months.

Butler, born in New Zealand but who moved to Australia when he was 13, returned and scored his first Connacht try in the 44-16 rout over Ulster just before Christmas.

The injury came after he made a storming start to his Connacht career after his summer move and he's just glad now to have surgery and rehab behind him.

"It was really frustrating being out but it could have been a lot longer. I was really fortunate with the surgery but any time you are not with the group and you are on the sideline, it's not fun having to watch the sessions.

"It was really good to get back into training and really exciting to get back in the squad. I really wanted to be back for these inter-pro games, it's exciting, everybody was talking about them and how big an opportunity they were.

"I really wanted to be available and that first game coming back probably tested the lungs a little bit but to play 80, and 80 again, I was pretty happy with that," said the former Reds and Brumbies player.

Connacht head to Sixways this weekend knowing that a win over Worcester will not just wrap up a quarter-final spot but also all but secure home advantage.

Butler said he doesn't approach Europe any different to other games, he just wants to be involved.

"We just take it every game, the way they work rotation you never know when you are going to be in the 15 or the 23 so you just take the opportunities as you get them, do the best you can and hope you are in the following week.

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