Ireland scrum half Conor Murray speaks to press ahead of Ireland’s big game against Italy tomorrow and talks about being inspired by meeting Usain Bolt last month.
Olympic Gold Medal sprinter Usain Bolt visited the Ireland camp last month and gave a talk about live performance and training.
Murray said the talk was ‘fantastic’ and described Bolt as an athlete ‘on top of his game’.
“He is one of the most recognised and successful athletes in the world,” Murray said, “We were all a bit awe-struck when we saw him but we dialled into what he had to say. There were a lot of interesting questions asked to him about sport in general and we fed off him.”
Describing the chat from the revered sportsman, Murray said: “He talked about the atmosphere and the noise in the build-up to the 100-metres. We're used to big atmospheres and a lot of noise and I don't think it will be much difference tomorrow”.
When asked jokingly if he learned anything about running from the esteemed athlete Murray quipped: “I'm sure if Zeebs or Earlsy can get down the sideline, near his speed, we'll be happy.”
Talking about the match tomorrow the scrum half said he was looking forward to seeing the Irish fans in the crowd.
“It will be great to see the Irish pack out a stadium again - the majority of fans should be Irish but it's a great time to be playing for Ireland.”
Shaun Cronin, head sports reporter, breakingnews.ie speaking about the Ireland v Italy RWC pool match with Nick Purewal, PA Rugby Correspondent at the Ireland Rugby team Captain's run in the Olympic Stadium, UK. Video by Dan Linehan