Munster star Jack Crowley is supported by his teammates to continue his impressive rise in form and reputation in the game.
Crowley has been shining since Rising Ireland’s South Africa trip and won his first Test cap against Fiji, but will start a week later in Dublin against the Wallabies.
In Joey Carbery’s absence, he’s been in half-and-half great form for Munster, and many at the club see the young star as a future leader in their ranks.
“This year was unreal, the Rising Ireland trip was incredible for him,” fullback Shane Daly told The Independent. “The way he was able to step into a leadership role has managed to bring that to Munster as well.
“I mean, it’s not just what you see on the field, it’s speaking at meetings and conveying thoughts.
“Confidence levels have risen and risen since that round and he supports it every week, it’s great to see a man like this really rise. His hat was well deserved, we were so happy to see him.”
Crowley can try once more at Test level during this Six Nations with captain Johnny Sexton, who is racing against the clock to fit into the tournament.
Munster striker coach Andi Kyriacou reiterated Crowley’s leadership value and is delighted to see the star play with confidence.
“He’s enjoying it a lot, he’s definitely one of the guys we see as a future leader and we should help him,” said Kyriacou.
“He is still a young man, he needs to keep growing and learning how to lead.
“He’s loved and respected in the group and you see the way he plays, he’s full of confidence right now, so yes, he’s doing great and will continue to improve.
“He’s a very young lad right now and it’s important for us that we continue to help him as coaches and other senior players in the group.”
Munster welcome the Lions in Ireland at this week’s Unified Rugby Championship and will look to add another win to their tally after a dramatic win against Ulster last time.
Kyriacou paid tribute to number eight Gavin Coombes, who shot 24 shots against Ulster for a fantastic performance.
“Gav is a very important player for us, he’s incredibly mature in the way he handles things, he’s had good feedback from the national coaches and he’s been working hard on his game,” said Kyriacou.
“He definitely didn’t put it in the box, he has big aspirations to come back to camp, so we focused him on his performances and his game, how he adds value to the team system, and he’s doing it.
“His physique is incredible and he gives us tremendous forward (ball) and he has worked hard on his set ball. He’s made great progress in the last few weeks.”
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United Rugby Championship: The article in support of Munster’s Jack Crowley for maintaining his superior form was originally published on Planetrugby.com.