Saturday 26 May 2018

Eager to put hand up in pre-season after slow road back

The Big Interview: Cian Bohane

Cian Bohane has been limited to two replacement appearances in the Pro12 this term
Cian Bohane has been limited to two replacement appearances in the Pro12 this term

Daragh Small

It certainly won't be a boring summer for Cian Bohane - so much to do and so little time, is a phrase that springs to mind - as he sets about beginning his new life in Limerick.

It's not a million miles away from his native Douglas, but finding a new home can be difficult in the hustle and bustle of Limerick city at this time of year, especially with a sizeable contingent of the Munster squad also on the trail.

Bohane is leaving his beloved Dolphin after seven seasons too, and he will be on the look-out for a new Ulster Bank League outfit to further his ambitions of finding his way back into the Munster side.

He aims to impress in pre-season, but with so much going on his life, not to mention the online degree in Strength and Conditioning degree he currently studies, the 24-year-old has a lot resting on his young shoulders.

But he wants to replicate his good friend Rory Scannell - they're club-mates at Dolphin. And Bohane was the first to make the breakthrough before injury curtailed his chances at the top.

The former UCC student made his debut away to Zebre in 2013, and was a real prospect. But since then he has only notched up four appearances for the province.

All he wants is a little bit of luck to go his way, and after scoring a try in a recent outing for Munster A against the Ulster Ravens, he knows a lot rests on pre-season in 2016-17.

"I have played with Rory for years, we are clubmates and we would be very good friends outside of it too. I am delighted to see how he is progressing because he is such a quality player," he says.

"Personally you do want a bit of game-time. You want to put your hand up. I haven't done that this year because I haven't got the opportunity. But now with the A games and training, you are playing well and putting your best foot forward to influence what you can.

"I missed the entire season last year through injury and that allowed other people like Rory to get game-time and put their hands up. You see when they take their chances they can push on.

"Pre-season is the time when everyone is on a level playing field. You just have to try and kick into gear pretty quickly. The pre-season games come into the picture and you want to be impressing there.


"The body will be refreshed and I need to put my hand up."

Bohane suffered a devastating injury when he ruptured both his anterior cruciate ligament, and posterolateral corner of his right knee in a pre-season game against London Irish in September 2014.

That ended his season before it could get going, and he didn't play a single game in 2014-15. He has been limited to two replacement appearances in the Pro12 this term.

However, he has featured regularly for the Munster A side, and was also a star for Dolphin as they preserved their status in the Ulster Bank League Division 1B.

But he had to wave goodbye to the Cork club after their 29-8 victory over champions St Mary's last weekend.

"It was great with Dolphin. It was up in the air when we were coming into last weekend," he explains.

"The way our season had gone we were in a relegation situation. But the last two games were very good results.

"The way we played was refreshing, throwing the ball around and enjoying our rugby. That was my last game with Dolphin as well. I am leaving them after seven seasons. It was a great weekend, great way to finish.

"I don't know who I will sign with, it's just moving to Limerick it makes sense to get with one of the 1A clubs up there. But it's all bittersweet."

Bohane will move to Limerick, as Munster operate from a primary base in UL starting next season. And it's an exciting time for the former Presentation Brothers student, but there is a great sense of the unknown around the corner.

However, it's important that Bohane doesn't get side-tracked as he prepares for the most important pre-season of his short career. The few proceeding it haven't gone so well, in terms of injury and returning from injury, and he needs to hit the ground running.

He moves to Limerick in July, where he will hope to link up with the rest of the squad members in and around Castletroy. And then from there, it's all about getting settled quickly as Bohane attempts to integrate himself into the Munster starting 15.

"I don't know how moving to Limerick will work really. My girlfriend is in Cork, we have been in a long-term relationship. She won't be moving to Limerick next year. It will be a strange one," he says.

"I don't think anyone knows how it will go. The structure of our training week will determine things, whether we can come home to Cork one day a week maybe.

"It will be strange at the start, but once we settle in, it's not exactly a massive place. We all know the nice coffee shops around the place, so it will be interesting to see.

"I think it's July we're moving, we will find out about time-frames and all of that soon, and it will be a change and it will be interesting.

"Castletroy is the area where most of the Limerick lads are living in now. But there is a shortage of accommodation around there at the moment. From looking and being in touch with letting agents there isn't much around. Hopefully we can pick something up in the next few weeks."

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