Wednesday 13 November 2019

Earls and Van Graan hail 'brilliant' Goggin

Keith Earls says it is essential that Munster can bring as many talented players like Dan Goggin through as possible. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Keith Earls says it is essential that Munster can bring as many talented players like Dan Goggin through as possible. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Dan Goggin's performance against Leinster last weekend suggested the centre will have a big role to play in Munster's season, even if he is not a guaranteed starter this weekend.

The 23-year-old produced a powerful display and was at the heart of much of the Reds' good work at the Aviva Stadium.

Much of the focus at the outset of this season has centred on the new recruits coming in from Scarlets, Leinster, Sale and London Irish, but Keith Earls says it is essential that Munster can bring as many talented players like Goggin (pictured) through as possible.

And he believes the performance of the sevens international last week is further evidence of the talent coming through at the province.

"It is brilliant, brilliant for our academy and the more we can get through the better," he said of Goggin's emergence.

"There is phenomenal talent throughout the province, but you do need the one or two signings to make things tick.

"Dan has been brilliant, he works hard, he is a big, physical man. He has been given an exposure to sevens and his passing game has come on massively because of sevens and he is taking his chances. It is great for him and for us, to have another Limerick man coming through."

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has been impressed with the centre and reckons he is destined for big things if he maintains his progression.

"When I arrived here last year, obviously you don't know all the players, especially the guys that were injured and he was injured when I arrived.

"I watched some footage and there was one clip I remembered against Connacht at home two years back and he made a read that led to a try. I saw there was something about this guy.

"He came back last year and scored that tremendous try against the Southern Kings and played the next weekend. He was kind of on the brink all the time and he's just really attacked this pre-season.

"I thought he played really well in the pre-season games and he built into the season and I believe he's ready for a massive step up.

"His basics are solid, his running is so hard and he is getting us over the gainline.

"He's a very good distributor of the ball, his defence is solid, he steals at the breakdown and he's worked so much on his decision-making and communication skills.

"That's what you want to see from a player. Another Munster homegrown player that's developed and hopefully now he can take it to the next level."

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