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Denis Hurley, Munster

Denis Hurley, Munster

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Denis Hurley, Munster

Experienced Munster back Denis Hurley said he is looking forward to playing in the centre a lot this season after making his first appearance of the campaign at No 12 last weekend.

Hurley has been at full-back for most of his 132 Munster caps but is excited about a run in the centre.

He teamed up with new signing Andrew Smith in midfield against Zebre and was pleased how it went.

"It's a different chance for me. I asked management last year about getting opportunity and some of the current management were more keen to see me getting more game time in the centre to see how it went," he said.

"The few games I've played, I did reasonably well and I was learning from it, and there's scope there again for me there this season to progress.

"And it's not as if I have forgotten the skills I've picked up in the back three. It's another string to my bow and it just adds another dimension to what I can do.

"I'm a big guy so it's the first time I suppose that I have been really put in to the position that's there's a lot more contact and I do like that sort of area."

The 30-year old said that the style of play being adopted under Anthony Foley this season suits his move to the centre, while he has worked with backs coach Brian Walsh at Cork Con.

"So far the change has been the type of game we've started playing. I kind of suits me a little bit more. It's more direct, more attacking and picking off individual defenders and try and get soft shoulders and try and get hands free for offloads and that the part of the game that I do enjoy," he added, ahead of Saturday's tie with leaders Ospreys.

Irish Independent