Tuesday 24 October 2017

Oliver wants more chances to shine

Munster's Conor Oliver Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Munster's Conor Oliver Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster flanker Conor Oliver says he delighted to had tasted first-team action this season, but that he is focused on the battle to get his next chance to shine.

Oliver has been one of the most eye-catching promotions to Rassie Erasmus' squad this season, and with seven games under his belt, the young Dubliner is desperate to make the most of every chance that comes his way.

With Peter O'Mahony, Tommy O'Donnell and CJ Stander all absent from the back-row due to Ireland duties, Oliver has loved every minute on the big stage, and he hopes to gain more game-time in the weeks to come rather than focusing on the long term.

"I am not too sure at the moment. For now and the foreseeable future, it is just about training, knocking on the door and hopefully getting some more games," said Oliver.

"I am in my second year with the academy now. I am happy with what I have done with that time so far. I will hopefully keep pushing on now and get some more games under my belt this year."

Last Friday night was the openside's first start for the Munster seniors, but he has impressed with his high-octane displays off the bench in recent months, after he debuted last season.

His first try came against Edinburgh in September, while the 44 minutes against Edinburgh last week was a big step forward.

"The way we train, everything we do with the 'A' team is the same that we do with the first team. The way we play, the way we train together.

"It is a seamless transition into the team."

Irish Independent

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