Saturday 17 November 2018

'I was never comfortable with how medical information was given to the public' - Jamie Heaslip on Conor Murray injury secrecy

Conor Murray during Munster Rugby squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Conor Murray during Munster Rugby squad training at the University of Limerick in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Former Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip has defended Conor Murray's decision to withhold the extent of the neck injury that has kept him out of action this season.

The Munster number 9 signed a new three-year-deal with the IRFU that's reportedly worth €3m yesterday.

In an interview with Munster rugby, Murray gave an update on his rehabilitation.

“It’s pretty good. There has been a lot said about it. I’m back on the pitch. I’m training with the lads, so hopefully sooner rather than later I will be able to put on the jersey again," he said.

Like Murray, Heaslip refused to release his medical information on the back injury that ultimately led to his forced retirement from the game.

"I can definitely relate to Conor, I was lucky enough to go an entire career without injury so I never had to deal with it," he said.

"I was never comfortable with how easily medical information was given to the public.

"When it came round I understood what my positions was and I was asked the question, 'Does it have to go out? Can I keep it private?' and try to start that conversation around medical data.

"It's a bit hard to go from one extreme to the next.

"I can definitely relate to Conor and his decision to keep his medical condition to himself."

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