Conor Murray has mastered the box- kick. The Lions scrum- half tells RW why it’s successful – and gives the lowdown on his team- mates…
SOMEHOW RUGBY WORLD have found themselves in the tunnel at Rotorua International Stadium. It’s about an hour after the Lions have convincingly beaten the Maori All Blacks a week out from the first Test. We have been talking to Conor Murray while wandering down steps at the stadium before coming to a stop in the middle of the tunnel.
He’s just told us that all his room-mates on this trip to New Zealand have been good but as Owen Farrell walks past, he quips: “There’s my worst room-mate.”
Farrell, like his decision-making on a pitch, is quick to hit back, saying: “You’re the worst.” “In what way?” RW ask.
“In every way,” Farrell grins.
The pair are both chuckling to themselves at this exchange, and this ability to take the Michael – to ‘banter’ in common parlance – highlights how comfortable they are with one another. These are players who have had many a battle against each other on the rugby pitch but are now pulling together in a common cause. That uniqueness of the Lions is oft-mentioned but it is always refreshing to witness it up close.