Hanrahan can get a chance to put his season back on track

Hanrahan can get a chance to put his season back on track
JJ Hanrahan. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

JJ HANRAHAN can get his season back on track on Monday evening against Ulster in the PRO14 League clash at Kingspan Stadium having had a stop-start campaign so far.

Having missed the first five games of the season while rehabbing his shoulder injury, he has failed so far to find consistent form in the minutes he has played with Munster. With Ian Keatley getting some deserved time off when Johann van Graan announces his team tomorrow, Hanrahan could do with a big game.

His game management and temperament will be tested by the home players and crowd but the Kerry man is keen to make the most of his opportunity. He is wary of his opponents after they were stung 44-16 by Connacht last week at the Sportsground.

“If I get the chance against Ulster it is a big opportunity. It is not easy up there. Kingspan can be a hostile enough place as we all know, but I think it is a challenge you have to relish if you are going up there.

"They are coming off a big defeat against Connacht, so they will definitely be hurting and they are going to come out of the blocks all guns blazing, so whoever Johann selects for that game, they would want to be ready for it,” says the Currow man.

While Hanrahan hasn’t enjoyed as much game time as he would have wished he’s just happy to be back in the match-day mix.

“I think the main thing for me is that coming back with a shoulder injury I was out for the bones of six months and I suppose I missed the first five games of the season. I was just trying to find my feet early days and you can't expect really to walk into this team, so for me, it is just grafting every day and keeping my head down and just trying to work on.

“I suppose every time a new coach comes in, it is more stuff to learn, it's a different voice, a different point of view on rugby and you can just pick up little nuggets all along the way. It all helps you get better.”

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