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Murray wants to be world's best

16th August 2013 12:15


British and Irish Lions 2013 Conor Murray

Stepping up: Conor Murray

Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray has targeted a spot amongst the world's elite by the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

One of the unheralded success stories of the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, Murray enhanced his reputation as a rising talent with some crucial cameos in the Test series.

Now back in pre-season training with Munster ahead of the new season, Murray is targeting the next World Cup as his chance to prove himself against the rest of the world's leading scrum-halves - a list which includes Will Genia and Mike Phillips.

Murray also underlined that he will be out to impress new Ireland boss Joe Schmidt ahead of the November Internationals.

"I want to go to that competition as one of the best scrum-halves in the world," said Murray to the Irish Independent.

"I have that self-belief from the Lions tour and want to grow my game to become one of the best scrum-halves in Europe this season and then grow again for the World Cup in England the following season.

"You don't need a big tour or something like the Lions to aim for in order to have goals. I have personal goals that I won't share but I have no problem highlighting that one. I want to evolve my game to that level.

"There is a lot of nervous tension around with a new coach. People know they have to impress. The coaches told us that selection for November will be based on form.

"I was that way with Rob (Penney) at Munster last season. You have to prove yourself with every new coach. With Ireland, like with Munster, it will come down to who is going the best in every position. Where they play their club rugby won't come into it."

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