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Published: 08:27 | 22/3/19

Hanrahan relaxed over selection

JJ Hanrahan is relaxed over whether or not he will be part of the Munster team for the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh.

With Joey Carbery a doubt for the trip to BT Murrayfield due to a hamstring injury, Hanrahan could find himself named in the team to face Edinburgh.

He is likely to have the opportunity to stake his claim against Zebre in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday but the fly-half is keen not to waste too much energy on the 'week-to-week stuff' and he has credited his change in attitude to Alby Mathewson.

“It would be great to play next weekend, like everyone in this squad, in this team, everybody wants to get a bite of that cherry. I don’t know how many players have been used at this stage now, probably close to 50,” said Hanrahan.

“That’s where you want to be, at that top table. You want to be tested at that level and you want to try and play for Munster at the European quarter-finals and hopefully beyond. That’s where everyone in the squad wants to be, definitely.

“Alby Mathewson’s been a big influence since he’s come here. He changed my mindset a bit. I was more worried about week-to-week stuff, ‘am I in, am I out?’ for too long and my energy was wasted.

“Now, you still do your extras, you still do your skill work but you have that as your main focus as opposed to worrying about whether you’re playing or not at the weekend.

“Having your main focus being becoming the best player and getting your skills at the best level they can be and not worrying about selection is a very different mindset to ‘am I in, am I out?”

Munster play Zebre in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday, 23 March live on eir sport 1 [kick-off 7.45pm]. Subscribe here

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