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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Healy committed to battling for his place

Cian Healy and Life Style Sports are calling Leinster fans to their Fuel the 4th fan campaign in the club’s bid for European glory.
Cian Healy and Life Style Sports are calling Leinster fans to their Fuel the 4th fan campaign in the club’s bid for European glory.

Cian Healy may be struggling to wrestle the No 1 jersey back off Jack McGrath but he still feels like he is working his way back to peak fitness.

The emergence of Jack McGrath into a genuine world class operator allied to series of injuries have robbed Healy of some of his best years.

Having put the neck, hamstring and ankle issues behind him, Healy played 136 minutes out of a possible 400 in this season's Six Nations and by and large he made an impact.

That included just one start in Rome, where Healy's performance was such that he looked like he had closed the gap again on McGrath.

But Joe Schmidt reverted to his now first-choice prop and Healy was forced to continue in his role as impact sub.

Healy's lack of game time in this season's Six Nations comes on the back of him not starting a game in last year's tournament, while the year before he wore the number one jersey just once.

Whatever way you dress it up, two Six Nations starts in three years doesn't bode well for a player with genuine aspirations of touring with the Lions and Healy now looks to be in a battle with Joe Marler for the third loosehead spot.

"I was happy enough with some things," Healy reflects.

"I could have done with a bit more time, more mileage through the legs but you take what you get and you do the best you can.

"I am still getting back (to full fitness). I'm certainly not at the level I want to be. You have to get as much of a run of time as you can, take every opportunity to get 60-70 minutes under the belt.

"You need a run of them to get into full match flow. I got a few at the start of the season that I was happy with….it continues with rehab, skill work, everything, I need to keep trying to push that on now.

"Hopefully I will push myself forward this week and get some game time."

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