New era excites Murray

Date published: July 29 2016

Munster scrum-half Conor Murray is looking forward to working under new director of rugby Rassie Erasmus as the 2016/17 campaign fast approaches.

The Ireland international was part of a disappointing sixth-place finish in last season’s PRO12, which a prompted change at the top from the province.

In came Erasmus along with defence coach Jacques Nienaber from South Africa and Murray is determined to have an improved campaign under them.

“We have got a massive year this year. We’ve got a massive November, a massive year for the province,” he told the Guinness PRO12 website.

“It’s got a new look to it and speaking to the lads while I’ve been away, they’re really enthusiastic about it.

“Rassie and Jacques have instilled a new look and a new freshness. With Felix (Jones) there, Axel (Anthony Foley) there, and Fla (Jerry Flannery), lads that you know really well, there’s still a good bit of experience there and the lads are just loving training at the moment. It’s just a breath of fresh air.”

The hugely experienced scrum-half, 27, who will hoping for a strong campaign ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, added: “It’s a new philosophy, a new voice. There’s a lot of emphasis on physicality and dominating your opposition, which is very South African. The way we’ve been trying to play in the breakdown, we’ve been using it for the last year and it’s still there.

“We have new voices, new players coming back, a lot of combinations make it that fresh. I’m looking forward to getting back; I genuinely can’t wait.”