“There’s more pressure on Conor at the moment, even though he’s still the number one for me. So many people are, ‘oh, Conor Murray hasn’t performed for years’, you have to understand the calmness he brings to players around him and a guy that’s been there and done it, even though he’s not at the top of his game at the moment, there’s a huge comfort in what he delivers. There’s no panic ever. Have you ever seen Conor Murray overreacting to a situation? No.
“The guys that have been there for a long time with him, and soldiered with him, realise what he brings and I think … it’s an intangible that adds a huge amount to his selection.”