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Andrew Conway Admits Being 'A Lunster' Was Reason Behind Switching Provinces

Andrew Conway Admits Being 'A Lunster' Was Reason Behind Switching Provinces
By Mikey Traynor

Munster's Andrew Conway was one of just two players to retain their place in the Ireland team as Joe Schmidt named his side to face Fiji a week after a record-breaking win over South Africa at the Aviva Stadium.

Playing on the wing last week - he was named at fullback to face the Fijians - Conway scored the first try of the game and put in a cracking performance which saw RTE pull him in for an interview to be aired in the build-up to Saturday's game.

After describing his try, one which he knew he was scoring from 15 meters out, Conway discussed his move from Leinster to Munster which raised a few eyebrows in 2013.

Rather than a case of leaving in search of more playing time, Conway admitted that he was a 'Lunster' - a Munster fan born and raised in Leinster - and claimed that he had always felt attracted to the team as a youngster.

My decision to leave Leinster was a funny decision for a lot of people. A lot of people thought I had to go to find game-time, but that wasn't really the case, it was... I was a bit of a Lunster growing up, with my old fella going to Munster games, and I just always had a kind of attraction to Munster, it was kind of unexplainable.

There was no family link there, but there was something in me deep down always had an attraction to Munster.

I think, as well, you can't be scared to get out of your comfort zone in rugby, or in life, and go out there and see what's out there, try and see if you are able to adapt and make it in a different environment than what you're used to.

It takes a man with thick skin to admit to being a 'Lunster', as Leinster fans dislike them and Munster fans don't particularly care for them either, but then again, if Conway was a proud Munster supporter while attending Blackrock College he has probably already heard everything that can be thrown at him in terms of a slagging.

Having had to wait for his chance in an Ireland jersey, Conway has been in excellent form of late and looks comfortable in a role that many were concerned about following the decision of Simon Zebo to move to France. And long may it continue.


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