Wednesday 19 June 2019

Flannery eager to balance his studies and rugby dream

Ireland U-20s full-back Jake Flannery knows all about the importance of striking the right balance between his studies and rugby

Flannery has switched to full-back, where he impressed in last week’s stunning win over England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Flannery has switched to full-back, where he impressed in last week’s stunning win over England. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ireland U-20s full-back Jake Flannery knows all about the importance of striking the right balance between his studies and rugby.

After all, the Tipperary native achieved 625 points in his Leaving Cert last year, all while juggling his commitments with Rockwell College's Senior Cup team.

It was a stunning achievement for Flannery, who went on to win the Naughton Foundation award, which grants top students €5,000 per annum for four years towards their college studies.

"In fairness to my mam, she was always pretty good to make me get in and do a bit of study," a modest Flannery said.

"It was always about getting a bit of balance between sport and the study, and the social side too.

Schedule

"It was tough but in Rockwell we've got a fairly tight schedule. We're going from school straight on to the pitch, straight in for food and straight in to study. It's easy to manage when it's all laid out for you.

"I'm in UL, studying chemical engineering now. I'm enjoying it."

Having made a big impression from out-half with Shannon in the AIL this season, Flannery has switched to full-back, where he impressed in last week's stunning win over England.

"It's been huge - the coaches, between Tom Hayes and David O'Donovan, are brilliant," he said of the set-up in Shannon.

"The amount I've learned just from the last six months from playing with Shannon, it's crazy to be honest."

With a plethora of 10s to chose from, Flannery is happy to slot in wherever head coach Noel McNamara wants.

"Going into the season, I was thinking I might be under pressure but the lads are great. We bounce off each other, it's a good environment.

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