Friday 20 July 2018

Murray has no equal at number nine

Munster's Conor Murray. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster's Conor Murray. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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It's a very subjective statement, but I believe Conor Murray is definitely the best scrum-half in the world right now, writes David Wallace.

He illustrated his threats brilliantly against Connacht last weekend, and he was probably the main reason why that game got away from Kieran Keane's side so quickly in the second half.

Murray has become so dangerous around the breakdown and the snipe has become one of the many trademarks of his game. He scored two tries last weekend, but no Irish fan is likely to forget his try against New Zealand any time soon.

His consistency, athleticism, footballing brain and skill-set make him a handful for any team. I struggle to find any hint of a fault in his game. 

When you look at the way he takes his tries and controls the game and invariably makes at least one try-saving tackle, he plays a nine, ten and back-row role and does them all as good as anyone I have ever seen. 

We are just lucky to have him playing with Munster and Ireland. And he did it in the summer with the Lions too.

It's crazy to think he is still only 28 and has been capped 59 times for his country. If Ireland want to win a Six Nations this year, they need him on top form, and I've no doubt he will come up trumps.

Irish Independent

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