Skerries man Frawley takes his chance with Leinster first team

by Mark O'Brien
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Skerries man Ciaran Frawley took home the man of the match award on his starting debut for the Leinster rugby team as they saw off the Southern Kings 64-7.

It followed hot on the heels of a good performance from the bench against the Scarlets.

Against the Kings, he landed seven conversions to go with a 33rd minute try that keeps Leinster clear at the top of their Pro14 conference.

“It was a huge honour for me once I found out early in the week,” he said afterwards before hailing the help he received from his team mates, giving him a platform to play his game.

“I was delighted for my friends and family. Playing Scarlets last week with Ross [Byrne] inside me was a huge help, learning from him and seeing how he managed the game. I just felt comfortable around the other lads as well so it was good to learn from the other boys as well.”

He also hailed his home Holmpatrick club who gave him the earliest tools to develop to the provincial stage.

“They are great for support, a great club. I played all the way up to Under-18s and some AIL with them.

“They always stay in touch and are a great club to be a part of and it’s definitely on the bucket list to go back and play for them.”

For now, though, it is about trying to use the games during the Six Nations – with the senior internationals away – to stake his claim for more pitch time on an ongoing basis.

“This is a great opportunity for lads like me in the academy with the big boys gone on international duty. You get that chance and when you are called in, you have got to take it.

Everyone is expected to play at the same standard. With the lads around you, they make it a lot easier.

The composure you feel coming onto the pitch, the nerves aren’t too edgy and you go with the flow and you know the system.

“It’s a great block for us boys to have a crack at it. Us young lads were able to put 60 points on a good team, a physical team which we had to step up to physically.”

Next up is a return fixture against the Scarlets in Wales on Saturday, just a fortnight after their last encounter.

“You look at next week and Scarlets. Last week, they definitely put it up to us, taking a losing bonus point.

“But we are looking to take control of the conference. If we can put 60 points on a team while not playing perfectly, happy days.”

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