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Munster impressed by Crowley’s ‘class’ performance in Castres

OUT-HALF Jack Crowley was among the team’s top tacklers and ball-carriers in Castres on Friday night.

Crowley led Munster in tackles (12) and carries (11), behind only the tenacious number eight Gavin Coombes. Crowley disseminated with 12 passes and two offloads.

Crowley’s 11 points from the tee were crucial in Munster’s 16-13 win.

Crowley is 6ft 1ins tall and weighs roughly 90kg, yet he’s not afraid of contact. It’s another reason to be enthused about his skills.

He turned 22 the night before Munster’s 16-13 triumph over Castres and is already a confident and ambitious presence around the province’s Limerick set-up.

Those who have worked with him believe he has the ‘head’ for top-level rugby.

Crowley still makes mistakes – on Friday he knocked on close to the touchline while gathering a kick inside Munster’s 22 – but he appears to bounce back well, rather than retreating into his shell.

Of course, he has much more work to do. On Friday, he made his seventh senior start for Munster. But Crowley is also exciting.

Ronan O’Gara tried to get him to La Rochelle.
Crowley got his chance due to Joey Carbery’s injury and Ben Healy’s absence, but he handled the occasion brilliantly.

“I’m definitely delighted for him,” Johann van Graan said after Munster’s victory at Stade Pierre Fabre.

“I told him before the game to have fun and lead us forward. I loved his performance.

“Castres put a lot of pressure on us, they just kicked the ball straight back to us.

“He held his nerve in a kicking battle. The last conversion gave us a three-point lead.

“I am delighted for him because it shows he is a good player.

“Inside the group, we talked about the next man up. The same goes for Jake [Flannery, an unused replacement on Friday].”

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony praised the 22-year-old replacement scrum-half Craig Casey for helping Munster to a late win alongside Crowley.


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“I felt cool and collected,” O’Mahony remarked. “Craig came on, he was extremely forthright. For 80 minutes, Jack was class.

“It’s cliché, but winning in France is difficult. No matter where you go in France, you’re trying to get a win.

“To have a young 10 like that, especially when things weren’t going our way.

“He got caught behind the line a few times, which may impair a guy’s confidence.

“But he remained calm, to his procedure, and to our plans.

“We said it would pay off in the last 10 minutes and it did.”

many people spotted his talent at U20 level with Ireland.