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Monday 5 December 2016

Woodwork eased Conan's injury frustration

Jack Conan. Pic: Sportsfile
Jack Conan. Pic: Sportsfile

It's not a trick question.

Which one of Jack Conan, Cian Healy or Mick Kearney is a woodwork wizard?

"I think I'm a class above the two lads when it comes to it," joked Conan.

"Cian is trying to break the wood and bend it with his hands and Mick is kind of all over the place.

"He can't cut a straight line for the life of him."

A once-a-week woodwork class has been a get-away from the torture of injury which took all three away from their work.

"You get out a bit of pent up aggression," he added.

"A couple of weeks ago, I trained poorly on a Tuesday and was quite livid.

"I went to woodwork and it can be quite soothing."

Conan has had to bide his time while serious injury turned the number eight from an international into an after-thought.

Finally, Conan made it back against Connacht to where everything made sense again. At last.

"I think that was my first start back in The RDS in 13 months. I feel like I have lost a year in my career," he said.

"I was unbelievably excited. It felt like my first cap again.

"I was in the changing room beforehand and was overcome with nerves."

What did that mean, time spent in tears or on the toilet?

"Neither would be my kind of style," he laughed.

"You just get a bit worried, doubt just creeps into the back of your mind.

"Am I going to be up to it? Am I going to be where I need to be for every play? Am I going to make all my hits and all that?

"I think the second the whistle goes, those thoughts are gone out the back of your head.

"I made the first carry of the game and after all that's gone you're just into the routine of playing a rugby match."

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