Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Heart-attack' rugby excites fans -- Ryan

Munster's Donnacha Ryan
Munster's Donnacha Ryan

Donnacha Ryan says Munster don't deliberately give their supporters a nervous end to crucial Heineken Cup matches, but that the manner of their victories make it all the sweeter, writes Declan Rooney.

Ryan (30) signed a three-year extension to his Munster and IRFU deal during the week that will see him remain with his home province until the summer of 2017 at least.

And after making his comeback from injury in the epic last-play victory away to Perpignan, Ryan said it seems to be in Munster's make-up to worry their fans. "It is in the DNA a small bit that we are inclined to give our supporters a bit of a heart attack.

"At the end of the game they get full value for the attendance I suppose, to hang in there.

"I heard of loads of people leaving pubs after Perpignan had scored a try and they were running back in two or three minutes later," said Ryan, who is expected to return to the Irish squad for the Six Nations after missing the Autumn Internationals.

"It's not intentionally done, but I have to say it's good that the guys who are coming in, the younger guys, have that sort of belief there that they would have seen growing up.

"That's so important that they have the belief that they can win the game when there is time on the clock. As long as they keep playing, they have a good chance of winning it," said the Tipperary native.

Irish Independent

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