Leinster’s Sean Cronin admitted to being disappointed following his axing from Joe Schmidt’s squad for the final two Six Nations games but the hooker is adamant that he is still in the New Zealander’s plans going forward.
Speaking to the media ahead of Leinster’s crunch Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse on Sunday, Cronin expressed his disappointment at being dropped but stressed that it’s all part and parcel of being a professional rugby player.
“It’s obviously a small bit disappointing, but that’s part and parcel of being a professional rugby player you’ve got to take the highs with the lows and I have a fantastic opportunity coming back to Leinster,” said Cronin.
“We’re in the business end of the season and all I can do is perform and hopefully get the opportunity to play in some massive games and put my best foot forward to being re-selected and that’s all I can do,
“I think I’m a pretty resilient character so all I’ve got to do is put the head down, keep working and not dwell on stuff that’s gone on a few months ago because you’re no good to yourself or your teammates if you are doing that.”
Cronin made his first ever Six Nations start against Italy in the third round of games back in February but was then left out of the squad for the final two games against France and Wales.
The Limerick native admits that he now has something to prove and that a massive game such as this Sunday’s encounter with the French giants is the perfect platform to do that.
“Well, obviously I’ve got something to prove, what drives you on as a professional rugby player is you want to better yourself and go up against the best and prove yourself, and I’ll get a good opportunity to do that this weekend hopefully.
“The balls in my court I suppose, I need to try and play well.”
He revealed that he has spoken to Schmidt over the phone since the conclusion of the Six Nations and he expects to speak to him again before the season ends.
Cronin also said he believes he is very much still in Schmidt’s plans for the Rugby World Cup.
“I just had a quick phone call with him, I think he was going back to New Zealand post Six Nations because I’d come back to Leinster so I’ll have a bit of a catch up with him in the next, definitely before the seasons ended anyway to do a quick review,
“I think I’m firmly still in the plans so like I said the ball is in my court, I just need to play well. There’s obviously a lot of hookers around the country playing well so that’s all I can do and see how it goes from there.”