Friday 19 October 2018

Resilient Sherry hits century not out

Munster's Mike Sherry. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster's Mike Sherry. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

It's eight-and-a-half years since Munster hooker Mike Sherry made his senior debut and there have been many times during that spell when he felt like packing it in as one serious injury followed another.

But the 29-year old persevered and having recently signed a one-year contract extension he will make his 100th appearance for the province against Ulster on Saturday.

"I often thought about retiring and moving on to something else nice and just being happy doing something else, concentrating on that, but luckily I stuck with it.

"I had great support here and at home but there were times when I didn't think I'd make 100 appearances but I also knew if I walked away I'd regret it.

"And I know that if I can get a run and get fit I can compete and that's why I stuck with it and luckily I'm getting that opportunity this weekend," said the Limerick native.

He made his league debut against Connacht in December 2009 and his European bow came against Toulon in January 2011.

Sherry was drafted in as cover for the 2011 Rugby World Cup but his only cap came against the USA in 2013.

By then Sherry began suffering the first of several injury blows.

"In 2013 I did my ACL and we decided to get my shoulder work done while I was out with that but unfortunately that turned into a bit of a nightmare and I ended up with three surgeries on the shoulder and being out for 21 months.

"Then I played the whole season that we don't like to talk about. It wasn't the most enjoyable year when we didn't make it out of our pool and then I came in for pre-season in Rassie's first year and was flying fit really.

"Then about five weeks into pre-season I felt a pop in my back and the next thing I was getting sciatic pain. I got an injection which got rid of that sciatic pain but my left leg just stopped working. All the power left my left leg so I had to get surgery on my back and it took me the bones of 10 or 11 months to start being able to jog.

"Opportunities have been limited and other lads have gotten in when I'd been injured and done well so it's just about taking opportunities now that come my way towards the end of the year."

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