Conor Murray admits that the criticism he received throughout Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign hasn’t affected him.
The Munster and Ireland star was speaking this week as brand ambassador for Pinergy and he believes that such has been Ireland’s success over the last 18 months, any dip in form is always going to be met with a strong reaction.
“It [criticism] didn’t get to me because I genuinely don’t see much media but this time around is a bit different because the Six Nations, everyone is watching it and your mates are chatting to you and they’re saying ‘did you see what this fella said about you?’ and I genuinely didn’t,” Murray said.
“I get it, I completely get it. I agree with you, I probably wasn’t at my best during the Six Nations but if you know the game, you know it’s built on small margins and small fixes. We tried to work our way through it during the Six Nations as an individual and as a group. That was the process and after France, we thought we had got over the hump but to go to Wales and have a disappointing day there was really frustrating. I don’t let it affect me.”
Murray believes that his form is improving and he admits that he was quite happy with his performance against Edinburgh which helped Munster into the Champions Cup semi-finals where they will meet Saracens at the Ricoh Arena.
‘It [being back with Munster] was actually quite refreshing, the lads who weren’t involved with the Six Nations were actually so busy with this European week and even with us coming back in, they just lifted you up and lifted your spirits.
“I wasn’t feeling sorry for myself anyway but it just kind of distracted you. I was pretty happy with the game I played on Saturday. There’s always something, no one has ever played the absolute perfect game. It was a step in the right direction for me personally, and I just keep working towards that because I know the levels I can hit, I know how good I can be and I’m hungry to show that off at this stage of the season, and I feel pretty good, body feels good — injury wise. I feel great.”
Although there is plenty to play for from a Munster point of view, Ireland’s end to their Six Nations campaign where they lost heavily to Wales will likely linger in the background.
Murray admits there wasn’t much said from the coaches as the players departed and returned to their provinces but a “thanks” was issued because they knew how much effort the players put in despite performances and results not going their way.
“There’s not much said, there’s not much that needs to be said after a day like that [against Wales]. It was just [a case of] try and get out of there. I had a bit of time off, thankfully, afterwards and got to forget about rugby for a week or so.
“There’s still effort. I think the coaches just said thanks for the effort you put in. Because [with] the team, there’s no lack of work rate or effort. There was no one being lazy or taking shortcuts, it was literally just inaccuracies and a few things that didn’t go our way. The desire was absolutely there, you know?”
PINERGY, the official energy partner to Munster Rugby, teamed up with its brand ambassador Conor Murray to announce that PINERGY will now be supplying all of its customers with electricity from 100 percent renewable energy sources. Munster Rugby’s home stadiums, Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park, will now be powered with electricity from fully renewable sources, reducing their annual carbon footprint to zero. PINERGY’s move to renewable energy enables Munster’s Red Army to go green in the second season of the innovative #WeAre16 campaign. The development positions PINERGY as Ireland’s first and only specialist smart energy provider to now fully supply all of its electricity to its customers from renewable sources.