Saturday 24 March 2018

Leavy looking to improve as Blues face Conan blow

Leinster's Dan Leavy. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Leinster's Dan Leavy. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

It's been a difficult couple of seasons for Dan Leavy, whose progress with Leinster has been blighted by injury, but those dark days are behind him now and he is desperate to make up for lost time.

Watching on from the sidelines is never easy for any player but it's often made all the more difficult when your rivals are making great strides ahead of you.

With just a year between Leavy (21) and Josh van der Flier (22), it is the latter who has benefited from a clear run of form, and although Leavy has huge admiration for what his team-mate has achieved both with Leinster and Ireland, he harbours similar lofty ambitions of his own.

"It hasn't really surprised me," Leavy said of Van der Flier's rapid rate of progression into the Ireland starting XV.

"He is a great player. He's taken his opportunities really well and he's doing very well in the Irish jersey as well.

"To see Jordi (Murphy), Josh, whoever, take their run of games well and hold onto the jersey and progress pretty quickly. . . it is a path you want to follow."

Leavy is expected to start for Leinster in Glasgow tomorrow but the Blues have been dealt a blow after Jack Conan's luckless run of injuries continued in training earlier this week when he is believed to have damaged the other foot to the one that has kept him out for large parts of this season.

Conan is facing another possible 10 weeks out, while out-half Steve Crosbie is set to join Edinburgh until the end of the season.

Leavy can certainly relate to Conan's frustrations this season but he is firmly looking ahead now.

"It was pretty frustrating but it is the way the game is going these days. You're going to pick up injuries," he said.

"I've actually learned a lot about my body, how to look after myself from it. I've been scot-free for about a year. I know how to manage myself better.

"I've put a lot of work into my breakdown to try and develop my skills over the ball. Hopefully, in the future, I will be able to keep injury-free, be able to put my hand up for the opportunities to come my way."

Irish Independent

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