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“We Decided To Err On The Side Of Caution” – Van Graan On Conor Murray

Conor Murray

Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park 

Munster head coach Johann van Graan was quizzed about Conor Murray’s injury which saw the Ireland scrum-half removed from the matchday squad just before kick off at Thomond Park on Saturday night.¬†

Murray was seen holding his neck as he left the Thomond Park turf after the warm-up and inevitably, van Graan was quizzed on the Limerick man when he spoke to the media after the game.

“He literally got a knock with the last breakdown of the warm-up,” van Graan said in the post-match press conference.

“It happened literally seven or eight metres away from me. I got the medical team involved and we made a decision not to play him. He could have possibly have played but we decided to err on the side of caution if that’s the correct English. We’ll give some more info on Monday. It’s just very stiff at this stage, that’s all I can say.”

Conor Murray

When quizzed on whether it was a neck or a head injury, van Graan wouldn’t confirm but just reiterated that the 30-year-old took a knock.

“Yeah, he just took a knock. It was a counter-ruck and he took a knock.”

Murray’s fitness will be of huge concern to the southern province as they prepare to take on Benetton in their PRO14 quarter-final next Saturday.

Munster secured a 27-14 win over Connacht in their final PRO14 regular season round at Thomond Park on Saturday night.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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