Conor Murray On Talks Of Lions Captaincy, His Incredible Form & Johnny Sexton
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Conor Murray is enjoying probably his best season ever for club and country.
The talented scrumhalf is arguably the world’s best nine at the moment and is one of the very few players who is guaranteed to tour with the British & Irish Lions to New Zealand this summer.
Murray has even been touted as a potential Lions captain this summer, but for the Limerick man, he’s just focusing on his game and what he can do for the players around him.
“I just try and do as good a job as I can for my team and the aim is to play well personally,” he says.
“I’m happy with where my game is at the moment and how I’m contributing to the team.”
“You’re only as good as your last game so this weekend is going to be completely different and really challenging,” Murray adds.
“Just because last week went well for you, you really have to stay task focused and focused on what’s ahead for me and it’s a big challenge against the Welsh team. I am happy with how I’m playing.”
Johnny Sexton recently made his return for Ireland, lining out alongside Murray against France. The Munster star says having a player of Sexton’s calibre alongside you makes a huge difference.
“To have a player of Johnny’s calibre outside you puts you at ease a little bit for sure but you just try and do as well as you can,” he admits.
“There’s a lot to playing nine and there’s a lot to playing 10 and there’s a big difference between them so there’s a lot of things I’ve to do with my forwards and other backs around me that takes a lot of time and effort in training to get right.
“As I said, he’s a world class player and having that assurance and confidence — he’s been there and done it so many times — so when he steps into the fold it takes a bit of pressure off you.”
When asked would he would be interested in captaining the Lions this summer should Gatland come knocking, Murray added:
“I don’t know, look I’ve captained Munster once and other than that I got about my job the way I go about my job and that’s the way I work things and enjoy playing and enjoy being part of a group.
“I don’t have a hell of a lot of experience as captain so I can’t really answer that question. For me at the moment playing well is my priority and playing as well as I can for my team and we’ll see where it goes from there but right now the role I have within this team I’m loving and loving being part of this squad. I’m happy with the way things are.”
Fair enough Conor. Just keep doing what your doing, that’s all we ask.