Wednesday 25 April 2018

Jamie Heaslip really must be superman to recover that quickly, says former international Reggie Corrigan

Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Former Ireland international Reggie Corrigan has revealed his shock at the inclusion of Jamie Heaslip in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team to play Wales tomorrow.

Heaslip suffered three fractured vertebrae in his back against France three weeks ago following a rash tackle from Pascal Pape.

While the initial signs were not good, Heaslip has made a swift recovery and takes his place in Ireland’s side for the crunch decider in Cardiff.

Corrigan knows only too well the full affects of such an injury as he suffered the same fate in 1998 and spent a full eight months on the sidelines recovering.

“In 98 in South Africa we were on tour and I got the same injury. It’s called a transverse process. It’s like wings on the bottom of your spine. I fractured four of them and it put me out for eight months,” Corrigan told Independent.ie.

“You talk about this wolverine blood that Jamie Heaslip has. I don’t know how he is back so quickly. It was a shock to me to be honest, I didn’t think he was in the running to be picked for this weekend’s game.

Ireland's Jamie Heaslip poses for a portrait after a press conference
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip poses for a portrait after a press conference

“It must be more bruising than anything else or else he really is just superman. It’s quite amazing powers of recovery to be back playing.”

On the match itself, Corrigan is expecting a real battle and one which Ireland will certainly not have all their own way.

“I’m worried. I think we are going to win but I am a bit worried about the attitude that is around the country at the moment.

“Ireland are a  phenomenal  team under Joe Schmidt, they really have come to peak under his stewardship but that being said, you have got to look across at that Welsh team.

“You have got the likes of Roberts and Davies in the centre which is going to be the biggest test so far for Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne. They have gone really well together so far but this is going to be a serious test.”

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