Conor Murray Reveals How He Felt When He Found Out Rassie Erasmus Was Leaving

Would you blame him?

Conor Murray has admitted that he was extremely frustrated when he found out that Rassie Erasmus would be leaving Munster in favour of a return to his native South Africa.

Erasmus has made it known to the press on several occasions in the lead up to the announcement, that his future was with Munster and that he was going nowhere, only to go back on his word and sign a deal to return home.

Conor Murray was on holidays in the USA on holiday following the Lions series when the announcement was made, and has told the Limerick Leader that it was frustrating to hear as he felt Erasmus and his team were building something ‘special’ at Munster. He is however, grateful for what has been done at the southern province.

“With the big things that happen, you remember where you were. It was frustrating at the time because they have built something really special here and to hear the news that we are to lose them was initially very frustrating, but you have to be grateful for what they have done for us.” Murray told Colm Kinsella
”They have turned the corner with us, turned us around and we are a squad now that believes we can do really good things and just because we are losing coaches we are the players who went out and performed like that, there is no reason why we can’t do that with Felix (Jones) and Jerry (Flannery) and whoever else might come in down the line.

“They are leaving for their dream job. Initially you were probably kinda angry with them ‘why are they leaving us in the middle of the year’, but it is their dream job, their country is calling them.”
”You cannot begrudge them that. “
“Everyone has dealt with it and is moving on and trying to keep a positive spirit and it is definitely positive. There is a massive buzz around the squad. I think the squad of players we have is really impressive.”

Munster take on Glasgow tomorrow night, but Murray is set to be rested once again after a gruelling summer.

Jason Hennessy

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