Jack Conan admits: I struggled to come back after Covid


By his own account, Jack Conan went through a difficult Six Nations as he suffered a loss of form and consequently lost his place on the team.

After regaining his starting spot for the last game as Ireland clinched the Triple Crown by beating Scotland, Conan ended the campaign on at least one positive note.

However, the Leinster No. 8 did not constantly reach the lofty heights
that he scaled last year when his stellar form was such that he became a Three Test Lions starter.

With Leinster targeting the double before the business end of the season, Conan will be hoping to culminate in tomorrow night’s Heineken Champions Cup with Connacht.

“Ah, a little stop-start,” he said, thinking about his Six Nations.

“Obviously frustrated that I’m not up to my own standards. France gone, it didn’t click for us. It didn’t click for me personally.

“I’ve had some moments that I look back on and I haven’t… not that I haven’t done my best, but it wasn’t the best result for me and I made mistakes.

“I found it was a big learning curve. Saying that, I enjoyed it. It’s always great to be part of this group.

“It was nice to come back in at the end and even play my part against Italy and England and then get back in the starting XI for Scotland.

“It’s never a smooth road playing these campaigns and rugby. There are many ups and downs. You have to take the good with the bad and learn from it.

“I feel like I’ve learned a lot from it and I know I’ll be better off.”

It’s easy to surmise that Conan might have suffered a post-Lions hangover; However, the Bray native revealed he was struggling with the aftermath of Covid.

“I had the last week off and was able to get away and get some sun – a bit of downtime to decompress after Six Nations. It makes me feel a lot better,” Conan added.

“I had Covid over Christmas and that kind of kicked me. When I got back into training, I definitely felt it in my lungs for a long time. I definitely felt like I was struggling a bit to get back in.

“Now I feel good. I love being at Leinster. I love the challenge that lies ahead.

“That’s pretty much knockout rugby for nine weeks. All these games we have to go out and win.

“I am happy to be back here. I feel good physically. I probably feel better physically than I have in the last few months.

“Well, I’m really excited. I just want to do my best and end the season on a real high.” Jack Conan admits: I struggled to come back after Covid

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