Friday 23 March 2018

Conor Murray: Running into a guy's chest wasn't the smartest idea, but I'm fully fit for Rome

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has been given a boost with the news that Conor Murray is fully fit for the Six Nations opener and the scrum half cannot wait to get back to action.

The Munster number nine had been a doubt as he has not played since sustaining a neck injury against Zebre in the Guinness PRO12 in early January, but after undergoing scans and a return to full contact training the Limerick man is expected to get the nod for the clash against the Azzurri.

"It was a disc problem in my neck, it's gone now," he confirmed. "It's the first time it happened. I just required a couple of weeks out, but I've rehabbed it well and did a bit of contact on Friday at the Aviva and a bit more yesterday.

"I came through really well and I'm fit to play.

Recalling the incident against Zebre, Murray joked that he only had himself to blame for the injury.

"I just ran into a guys chest and squashed myself, which wasn't the smartest idea."

While Murray will be clearly short of match sharpness, he has no fears that a lack of contact training will be a concern ahead of what is generally one of the most physically demanding Six Nations encounters. Even more so with the Italians enjoying home advantage.

"No, no I've done contact," he confirmed. "I've done bag work , I've tackled the lads, I've got through that first contact fear."

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