Monday 27 January 2020

Mike's Hale' and hearty at Munster

Mike Haley
Mike Haley

Mike Haley is honest enough to admit that he was over-awed when he joined Munster from Sale last year and as a result his first season with the club was blighted by putting too much pressure on himself.

The 25-year old still got capped by Ireland at the end of it, but now that he has settled in his new surrounds he is adamant there is much more to come from him.

"Munster is one of the biggest teams in Europe and the world, and I probably did put myself under a little bit of pressure for whatever reason," says Haley.

"I feel probably post-Christmas last season, I actually settled down way more, was enjoying my rugby and that has carried on this season."


Joining from Sale, a club that he grew up with, was a big change for Haley and with his partner giving birth to their first child, it was a hectic first few months in Limerick.

"A year on, I'm absolutely loving life here. My family is all settled and I feel like I'm starting to play some good rugby," adds Haley.

Haley's impressive try in the win over the Ospreys last month reminded supporters what he is capable of with ball in hand and he will be hoping that is a good omen ahead of tomorrow's Champions Cup clash against the same opponents.

It's all part of adjusting to Stephen Larkham's attacking philosophy, which Haley thinks suits him.

"I think if you looked at how I played when with Sale, that was something I was doing quite a lot. I think I actually lost that a little bit last season for whatever reason.

"But I've kinda set myself my own challenges this year, and one of them is to be more hungry, look for the ball, make sure I'm getting my hands on the ball."

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