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Foley thrilled to see Cronin back fit


Munster's James Cronin

Munster's James Cronin

Munster's James Cronin

Munster coach Anthony Foley is delighted to see James Cronin back on the field and getting game time under his belt after his comeback from injury against Connacht.

And Foley said he believes the Ireland loosehead has the ability to operate on both sides of the scrum and that he and scrum coach Jerry Flannery will discuss the possibility of a dual role with Cronin once he is back to full fitness.

"I thought Jamesie had a good game against Connacht. It was good to have him back out there. He had a mixed season last year with injuries," said Foley.

"I just think at the moment we just want to get him out on the pitch. When he was in Highfield as a young fella he was a tighhead, and it's something we'll look at over a period of time, but now is not the right period to do that.

"It's about getting the player back out on the pitch, getting him fit, getting him robust and making sure that if that's something we decide to do, we could do it.

"It's something we may look at, it's not something that's written in stone, but I do know he has the ability to play both sides.

"It's something that myself and 'Flah' will have a chat about. All parties in there will have an opinion and we'll see how it goes."

Foley is hopeful that Dave Kilcoyne will be named in Joe Schmidt's World Cup squad, which will keen Cronin busy on the loosehead side, but he is also happy with the progress of tighthead John Ryan.

"John Ryan was the find of last season for us. He is looking to back that up again with another big season," said Foley.

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