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WITH a huge match against Saracens in Europe on the horizon I have been thinking a lot about my debut in Europe which came away to Racing Metro. It was a huge moment for me to go play my first European match away in France against a big scrummaging side. That was an incredible night and we are all hoping for something like that when we travel to England to take on Sarries.
It’s been a mixed bag this season and the most disappointing part was losing twice to Clermont which really put a downer on our road. But we have to remember that we are still alive in Europe and have got a massive task ahead of us.
We’ve had some good results in the league but probably haven’t been as consistent as we have needed to be at times. We had a great win over Leinster at Thomond Park and then we lost to Connacht away which is disappointing because it’s great to back up those local derbies.
I think the nicest part of it all though is that the fans stick by us no matter what happens.
These fans that come week-in week-out to cheer us on and they travel all over Europe and are the best fans in the world in my opinion.
People often talk about Thomond Park and how much of a cauldron it is and how tough a place it can be to play but I really believe that is down to how tough the fans make it. They are an incredible support base. Munster is such a close knit community and I suppose being from Limerick you can really identify with people in the crowd and that makes it extra special.
We’ve got a good squad behind us this year and I feel confident about what we can do and how far we can go. I think you only have to look at players like Dave Foley to see the talent that we have at our disposal.
He’s definitely one to watch for 2015 because he had a hugely impressive end to last season and a great start to this season. He’s a second row behind me here so I know what he brings to the table and what he’s capable of. He’s hugely aggressive and he showed that in his first game with Ireland and I think that’s the first of many caps to come. It was great for him to be involved with Ireland and great for me as well.
I’m looking to be back for the Six Nations and put my hand up for selection. But that starts at Munster and that’s the way it always is. It’s about building big performances at home and letting the rest look after itself. It’s a massive year for Ireland and with a World Cup on the horizon we are all looking to fulfil a dream.