"We used to play soccer in the yard with stones" - Conor Murray recalls his pre-rugby days

Munster and Ireland scrum-half chats to Off The Ball

Conor Murray, Munster

Munster and Ireland rugby star, Conor Murray, took time out from his busy training schedule to make a surprise visit to his former primary school, Scoil Íde in Limerick today with Life Style Sports to celebrate the #MunsterRising socks campaign. The initiative will see the Munster squad tog out in socks that will represent a selection of local school and club colours for their showdown against Maori All Blacks in Thomond Park on November 11th. Munster fans should visit www.lifestylesports.com/m

Although Conor Murray has become one of the most respected scrum-halves in modern rugby, other sports were first introduced to him in his formative years.

The Ireland and Munster No 9 joined Off The Ball on the line as the provincial season gets underway and taking the call while standing in his primary school he recalled his childhood sporting endeavours. 

"Even in primary school there wasn't much rugby going on. My secondary school is just across the field there and that's where rugby really took off. It was all GAA here. Gaelic football was my main sport in school and I played a lot of it here," he said.

"I think the yard rule was a lot different back then. We weren't allowed any type of sport in the yard and I think we used to play soccer in the yard with stones. We'd get as big of stones as we could and play soccer with that. That was the only thing they couldn't really confiscate so that's how we figured it out back then. But great memories."

On matters at Munster, he paid tribute to Johnny Holland, who has been forced to retire prematurely, saying, "It's very disappointing for Johnny, especially the way last season went for him."  

Murray also explained why Ireland's South Africa tour was important for their progression as a team, as well as the impact of Munster training in a single centre from now on.

"We can have no complaints. We can just fully focus on playing our games at the weekend because everything is provided for us and we want to make that count," he said, adding that the arrival of Rassie Erasmus as director of rugby has been like a breathe of fresh air.

"It's literally like a new club at the moment. It just feels really good."