Griffin in frame after following Bolt’s lead

Connacht have turned to the doctor who got Usain Bolt into shape for his triple Olympic goal medal haul in a bid to get one of their most promising players ready for the new season.

Eoin Griffin has been tipped as a potential successor to Brian O’Driscoll at outside centre for Ireland but has been hampered by a troublesomehamstring injury since the closing stages of last season.

The Galway native, who will be 22 next month, has just returned from a week’s intensive treatment with Dr Hans Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt in Germany and could now be available for the opening game of theRaboDirect Pro12 against Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt, who Bolt has described as the “best doctor in the world”, has treated a variety of sportspeople over the years including footballers Jurgen Klinsmann, Ronaldo and Michael Owen, Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal and Bolt’s track rival Yohan Blake.

Several Irish rugby players, including O’Driscoll and Jerry Flannery, havealso been treated by the Bayern Munich and German national soccer team doctor and Connacht coach Eric Elwood said that Griffin’s trip there had been a huge success.

Elwood said: “Eoin has been bothered by this hamstring problem since earlier this year and we justneeded to get to the crux of theproblem. He had a very good, intensive week in Germany and he is now back training with us and hopefully available for selection.”

Griffin, who won an U20 Six Nations with Ireland in 2009, made his debut off the bench for Connacht three seasons ago and nailed down a regular place last season, whichincluded three appearances in the Heineken Cup before the hamstring injury disrupted his season.

“Hopefully, for Eoin’s sake and ours this will be the end of it as he is aplayer with great potential who has a big season ahead of him,” said Elwood.


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